Education

2016 - Present: PhD, University of Birmingham

Thesis: "Ageing and on-line sentence planning: An investigation of older adults’ lexical retrieval and syntax generation" 

Supervisors: Katrien Segaert and Linda Wheeldon


2015-2016: MSc Psychological Research, University of Warwick (awarded distinction)

Thesis: "Ageing and syntactic representations"

Supervisors: Katherine Messenger and Elizabeth Maylor


2012-2015: BSc Psychology, University of Warwick (awarded first class honours)


Publications

Hardy, S. M., Messenger, K., & Maylor, E. A. (2017). Aging and syntactic representations: Evidence of preserved syntactic priming and lexical boost. Psychology and Aging, 32(6), 588-596, doi:10.1037/pag0000180. (PDF available here)


Hardy, S. M., Segaert, K., & Wheeldon, L. (2018). Healthy ageing and sentence production: Disrupted lexical access in the context of intact syntactic planning. BioRxiv (submitted to Psychology and Aging for peer review). (PDF available here)


Hardy, S. M., Wheeldon, L., Segaert, K. (2018). Structural priming is determined by global syntax rather than internal phrasal structure: Evidence from young and older adults. PsyArXiv (submitted to Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition for peer review). (PDF available here)


Grants

2016 - 2019: Economic Social Research Council (ESRC) doctoral studentship grant  (≈£60,000; awarded by the University of Birmingham doctoral training centre).


2018: funding received from the University of Birmingham Liberal Arts & Natural Sciences program for research on “Relating physical fitness to language decline in ageing” (£2,624).


2017: funding received from the Experimental Psychology Society (EPS) Grindley Grant to attend an international conference (£500). 


Awards

Experimental Psychology Society (EPS) President's Commendation (2018): awarded for the best poster presentation at the Spring Meeting.


Simon Heywood Research Project Prize (2014): awarded by the Department of Psychology at the University of Warwick.


Additional Job Roles

Teaching Assistant, University of Birmingham (2016-Present): Responsibilities include undergraduate and postgraduate (MSc) teaching, undergraduate marking and supervising of dissertation projects.


External Seminar Organiser, Univeristy of Birmingham (2018-Present): Organiser of the Language and Cognition seminar series in the School of Psychology.


Development Assistant, Stats Guru for R (2017): assisted in the development of an app designed to teach students basic statistical analyses in R (app downloadable here).


Research Assistant, University of Warwick (2015-2016): collected data for ongoing projects in the Language Development Lab.


Conference Presentations

Paper presentations

Hardy, S. M., Segeart, K., & Wheeldon, L. (2018). Investigating sentence planning processes in older adults. Presented at the Psychology Postgraduate Research Event, Birmingham, UK.

Hardy, S. M., Segeart, K., & Wheeldon, L. (2017). Ageing and sentence production: Effects of syntactic planning and lexical access. Presented at the 23rd Architectures and Mechanisms of Language Processing (AMLaP) conference, Lancaster, UK.

Messenger, K., & Hardy, S. M. (2017). Exploring the lexical boost to syntactic priming in children and adults. Presented at the 23rd Architectures and Mechanisms of Language Processing (AMLaP) conference, Lancaster, UK.

Hardy, S. M., & Messenger, K. (2016). Investigating young children’s grammar representations: Evidence of lexically-specific priming effects in language production. Presented at the 19th International Conference in Applied Linguistics, Warwick, UK.

Hardy, S. M., & Brown, H. (2016). Sleep not required: Evidence of children’s immediate generalisation of novel affixes. Presented at the Warwick Psychology Postgraduate Research Day, Warwick, UK.

Hardy, S. M. (2015). Do levels of self-esteem and emotional regulation predict Twitter usage? Presented at the 2nd International Conference of Undergraduate Research, Warwick, UK (joint event with Monash University, Melbourne, Australia).


Poster presentations

Hardy, S. M., Segaert, K., & Wheeldon, L. (2018). Ageing and sentence production: Impaired lexical access in the context of intact syntactic planning. Presenting at the 10th International Workshop on Language Production, Nijmegen, The Netherlands. (PDF available here on the OSF repository)

Hardy, S. M., Segaert, K., & Wheeldon, L. (2018). Ageing and sentence production: Impaired lexical access in the context of intact syntactic planning. Presenting at the Experimental Psychology Society (EPS) Spring Meeting, Leicester, UK.

Hardy, S. M., Messenger, K., & Maylor, E. A. (2017). Syntactic priming and lexical boost are identical in young and older adults: Evidence from spoken language production. Presented at the 4th International Conference of Aging and Cognition, Zurich, Switzerland.

Messenger, K., & Hardy, S. M., (2016). Exploring the lexical boost to syntactic priming in children and adults. Presented at the 41st Boston University Conference on Language Development (BUCLD), Boston, MA.