Dr Sandie Cleland

Dr Sandie Cleland
Dr Sandie Cleland

Dr Sandie Cleland


Senior Lecturer


Room T5, School of Psychology, William Guild Building, King's College, Old Aberdeen. AB24 3FX



I joined the School of Psychology in 2006 as a Lecturer and have been a Senior Lecturer since 2013. I received my MA (1998) from the University of Glasgow and my PhD (2002) from the University of Edinburgh (supervised by Professor Martin Pickering and Professor Holly Branigan). Following my PhD, I held an ESRC Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Edinburgh, and was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of York (2003-2006, working with Professor Gareth Gaskell and Dr Philip Quinlan) before coming to the University of Aberdeen. I am a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

My research interests include psycholinguistics and numerical cognition. I am interested in the factors affecting sentence production as well as the relationship between attention and language. Current ongoing projects include investigating the production of idiomatic language (in collaboration with Dr Emily Nordmann) and bilingual language processing (with Jennifer Mattschey). I am also interested in numerical cognition, especially the relationship between number and space (in collaboration with Dr Rebecca Bull). Previous PhD students include Dr Emily Nordmann, Dr Bernadet Jager and Dr Tom Mitchell. Key collaborators include Dr Emily Nordmann (University of Aberdeen), Dr Rebecca Bull (National Institute of Education, Singapore), and Dr Alissa Melinger (University of Dundee).

Internal Memberships

PGT Coordinator

Level 3 Memory and Language Coordinator

Member of School Management Group

Chair of Postgraduate Committee

Member of External Liaison Committee

Chair of Marketing Team


Research Overview

  • Factors influencing language production
  • The relationship between language and attention
  • Numerical cognition

Teaching Responsibilities

  • Level 2: Language & Cognition (in PS2517)
  • Level 3: Memory & Language (PS3519)
  • Level 4: Advanced Topics in Language (optional course in PS4036)
  • MRes: Making Funding Applications
  • Small group teaching and project supervision at Levels 3 & 4

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