Reyhan is currently a Senior Lecturer in Developmental Cognition in the School of Psychology and Computer Science . Reyhan works primarily on language development, and the central focus of her research has been to discover how children’s understanding and use of bodily actions influence their language learning.
In her current role, Reyhan is responsible for teaching on modules at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels. She is also the course leader/programme director for the MSc in Psychology of Child Development. Reyhan has published numerous articles in journals such as Developmental Psychology, Cognition, Language and Cognitive Processes, Journal of Child Language, Journal of Pragmatics, and Gesture. Her research is cross-disciplinary in nature, drawing on the varied methods and tools of psychology and linguistics such as experimental paradigms and corpus analysis. Her research is also comparative, focusing on speakers of different languages (monolinguals and bilinguals) and ages (infancy into adulthood).
Before joining UCLan, Reyhan worked as a postdoctoral fellow in Psychology at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada, and as research staff at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics in Nijmegen, the Netherlands. Reyhan graduated from University in Istanbul, Turkey with a double major with Honours in Psychology, and Guidance and Psychological Counselling, followed by a MA in Psychology. She then completed her PhD in Linguistics at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, and Radboud University in the Netherlands.
- Ph.D. Linguistics, Radboud University Nijmegen, 2012
- M.A. Psychology, Bogazici University, 2000
- B.A. Psychology, Bogazici University, 1998
- B.A. Guidance and Psychological Counselling, Bogazici University, 1998
- Language and Gesture Development
- Cognitive Development
- Multimodal Communication