UCL Psychology and Language Sciences

Dr Lorna Halliday

Dr Lorna Halliday

Senior Lecturer

Speech, Hearing & Phonetic Sciences

Div of Psychology & Lang Sciences

Joined UCL
1st Nov 2007

Research summary

My research examines the development of auditory processing, those aspects of auditory perception that are affected by factors other than, or in addition to, audibility. I study how these processes develop in typically developing children, how they are linked to language development, and how they are affected by neurodevelopmental disorders related to hearing (e.g. sensorineural hearing loss, auditory neuropathy spectrum disorder) and language (dyslexia, developmental language disorder). I specialise in psychophysical and psychometric methods along with training studies. I also investigate the neural mechanisms underlying the development of auditory processing using neuroimaging techniques such as electroencephalography (EEG).

Teaching summary

I currently organise the Research Project module (PALS3901) for the UCL BSc in Psychology and Language Sciences. I also coordinate an option on the UCL MSc in Language Sciences (PALSG202: Developmental Language Disorders and Cognitive Neuroscience). I take an active role in student supervision and have acted as a primary and secondary supervisor of both MSc and PhD students at UCL.


University of Oxford
DPhil, Experimental Psychology | 2005
University of Bristol
BSc, Experimental Psychology | 2002


Dr Lorna Halliday is a Senior Lecturer in the UCL Department of Speech, Hearing and Phonetic Sciences, Division of Psychology and Language Sciences. Lorna completed a BSc (Hons) in Experimental Psychology (1st Class) at the University of Bristol in 2002, following which she was awarded an ESRC studentship to undertake a DPhil at the University of Oxford, under the supervision of Prof Dorothy Bishop. Lorna completed her DPhil, investigating auditory processing in children with sensorineural hearing loss and dyslexia, in 2005 (awarded without corrections). She joined the MRC Institute of Hearing Research in 2005 as a Career Development Fellow where she undertook a program of studies into auditory training in children. She joined UCL in 2007, first as an ESRC Postdoctoral Fellow, where she worked with Prof Faraneh Vargha-Khadem and Dr Torsten Baldeweg on the KE family, and then in 2008 was awarded a Lectureship. She received an ESRC First Grants Award in 2010, for a project examining auditory processing and language in children with hearing impairment. She is currently UK PI for an EU Marie-Curie Network for Initial Training (ITN) entitled “Improving Children’s Auditory Rehabilitation (iCARE), with multiple cross-European partners from academia and industry: https://icareitn.eu/. She is an advocate for  women in science and is a member of the UCL Psychology and Language Sciences Academic Careers and Development Committee.