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Julia completed her PhD entitled ‘Beyond the bilingual executive control advantage: A multi-dimensional investigation’ at Anglia Ruskin University in 2016. She has since held teaching positions at Goldsmiths (University of London), and University College London (Institute of Education) until joining the Department of Psychology of Kings College London in September 2019. 

Julia's main research interests surround the cognitive functioning of individuals who use two or more languages in everyday life. Specifically, her research focuses on the impact of adverse emotional states and traits on cognition, spoken language comprehension in the presence of interference, attention selectivity, probabilistic learning abilities, deception proficiency, and metacognitive efficiency.

Julia is the co-founder of the PsychoLingua lab at Goldsmiths, University of London, and a member of the Multilanguage & Cognition Lab at University College London (Institute of Education). 

Further to this, she has recently established an interest in the impact of brief mindfulness induction on cognitive functioning and well-being. Within the context of this research, she has collaborated with i2Media research which is an interdisciplinary company producing research on how humans and technology can work together for the benefit of consumers and business. 

From a methodological standpoint, Julia has been particularly interested in using multi-dimensional approaches involving a variety of psychometric and behavioural paradigms, as well as other research methods, such as eye tracking. 

Research Interests 

  • Bilingual cognition  
  • Executive function 
  • Attentional control 
  • Selective attention 
  • Cognitive load 
  • Functional visual field 
  • Mindfulness 


  • Foundation Graduate Attributes (Module Organiser) 
  • Psychology & the Brain 
  • Research Methods 1 


Expertise and Public Engagement

I have communicated my research to the public through the means of online publications and lectures such as: 

Bilingualism through the magnifying glass. Lecture presented at The Access Project in London, United Kingdom, February 2017. 

There are also drawbacks to being bilingual. Published in The Conversation. 2016.  Read it here


Multilingualism and Metacognitive Processing The handbook of the Neuroscience of Multilingualism 19 February 2019. 

Attentional Control in Bilingualism: An Exploration of the Effects of Trait Anxiety and Rumination on Inhibition. Behavioral Sciences. 19 August 2019. 

The bilingual advantage in the auditory domain. Cognitive Control and Consequences of Multilingualism. 03 August 2016.