Emma James

Emma James

Developmental Psychologist

I am a Lecturer in Psychology at the University of York. My research fundamentally concerns how we learn. How do we learn new words, and how might the underlying processes change with development? How does language impact literacy, and what are the implications for later life outcomes? I welcome contact from students interested in pursuing PhD research in related topics - please do get in touch via email.

I am currently the Early Career Researcher Representative on the committee for the Experimental Psychology Society, and would be very glad to discuss ideas for supporting the ECR community.

You can find out more about my research projects below.


  • Learning and memory
  • Language acquisition
  • Literacy development
  • Reproducible science


  • PhD in Psychology, 2019

    University of York

  • MSc in Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, 2015

    University of York

  • BA in Experimental Psychology, 2013

    University of Oxford