Royal Holloway, University of London

Dr Courtenay Frazier Norbury

RCUK Fellow in Cognitive Science

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Courtenay is an RCUK Research Fellow in Cognitive Science in the Department of Psychology at Royal Holloway, University of London. Following her first degree at the University of New Mexico, USA, she completed an MSc in Clinical Communication Studies at City University in London, qualifying as a speech-language therapist. She started her clinical practice in City and Hackney Primary Health Care Trust, before leaving to work with Professor Dorothy Bishop, at the University of Oxford. She completed her doctorate in experimental psychology under the supervision of Professor Bishop in 2004.

Courtenay was awarded a New Career Development Fellowship by the Nuffield Foundation to work with Professor Kate Nation in Oxford. During that time she was awarded the Neil O’Connor award by the British Psychological Society and the Dissertation Award by the International Association for Autism Research, for work arising from her doctoral thesis. She moved to Royal Holloway in 2007.

Courtenay was awarded a Media Fellowship by the British Science Association, which enabled her to spend three weeks working as a science correspondent for the Irish Times. She is currently one of the joint editors for Language at the Journal of Speech, Language and Hearing Research.

Please note: Courtenay is now a full time researcher and unable to offer a clinical service. Families seeking assessment and/or advice for individual children should follow the Links and Contacts tab for contact details of relevant organisations.


Joss Fleming is a 2nd year undergraduate at RHUL. She was recently awarded a Biomedical Vacation Scholarship by the Wellcome Trust. The project, Spoken Word Recognition in Developmental Disorders, is running July-August 2009. Find out more here.


Sharon Appleton is a 3rd year undergraduate at RHUL. She conducted a study in summer 2008, Verb Links to Meaning. She is currently taking her final exams!

       Clara Andrés Roqueta visited the lab in summer 2008 as a doctoral student in Psychology at the Universitat Jaume I in Castellón de la Plana Spain. Her research is focused on Pragmatic Language Impairment and in developing tasks to assess pragmatic skills not only related to language, but also to theory of mind abilities and processing information from the social context.You can contact Clara at