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    As a Research Fellow in the Aston Institute for Forensic Linguistics (AIFL) I will be exploring the linguistic and communicative dynamics of police interviews. I am particularly interested in how the state of mind (and associated deficits) of an interviewee with serious mental illness can affect an investigative interview. Of particular interest are (a) how the SMI might affect the evidential value of the interview, (b) how an interviewer’s knowledge of an SMI diagnosis might affect an investigative interview, and (c) whether detailed recommendations and/or training can be provided for interviewers to take into account the effects of the SMI and thereby optimise the evidential value of the interview. 

    More broadly, I will be working with other members of AIFL to examine how transcriptions of police interview recordings are made and subsequently used in court as evidence, and how this process might be improved to increase the evidential value of those police interviews.

    Prior to my post at Aston, I've held research fellowships on interdisciplinary mental health research projects. I have used a variety of methods, from conversation analysis to eye-tracking, to investigate a variety of phenomena, including patient/therapist interactions and metaphor comprehension in psychosis. 



    2013 - University College London - PhD in Linguistics

    2009 - University College London - MRes Speech, Language and Cognition

    2007 - University College London - BA Linguistics (1st class with honours)


    November 2019 - Present, Aston University

    Research Fellow, Institute for Forensic Linguistics


    October 2016 – October 2019, Durham University

    Postdoctoral Research Fellow, “Hearing the Voice”


    March 2014 - October 2016, Durham University

    Postdoctoral Research Associate, “Language and Mental Health”


    August 2013 - March 2014, University College London

    Teaching Fellow in Linguistics

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    Research Output 2015 2019

    Factive and counterfactive interpretation of embedded clauses in aphasia and its relationship with lexical, syntactic and general cognitive capacities

    Zimmerer, V., Varley, R., Deamer, F. & Hinzen, W., 1 Feb 2019, In : Journal of Neurolinguistics. 49, p. 29-44 16 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
    speech disorder
    Dissent and Disputes

    Language in Schizophrenia and Aphasia: The Relationship with Non-verbal Cognition and Thought Disorder

    Little, B., Zimmerer, V., Varley, R., Douglas, M., Spencer, H., Cokal, D., Deamer, F., Turkington, D., Ferrier, N., Hinzen, W. & Watson, S., 2 Nov 2019, In : Cognitive Neuropsychiatry. 24, 6, p. 389-405 17 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
    Cognition Disorders
    Language Disorders

    Non-literal understanding and psychosis: Metaphor comprehension in individuals with a diagnosis of schizophrenia

    Deamer, F., Palmer, E., Vuong, Q., Ferrier, N., Finkelmeyer, A., Hinzen, W. & Watson, S., 1 Dec 2019, In : Schizophrenia Research: Cognition. 18, 100159.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
    Psychotic Disorders
    Theory of Mind

    The Ice in Voices: Understanding negative content in auditory-verbal hallucinations

    Laroi, F., Thomas, N., Aleman, A., Fernyhough, C., Wilkinson, S., Deamer, F. & McCarthy-Jones, S., 1 Feb 2019, In : Clinical Psychology Review. 67, p. 1-10 10 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

    Open Access
    Dissociative Disorders
    Mental Health Services

    Relating Therapy for distressing voices: Who, or what, is changing?

    Hayward, M., Boghen-Johnston, L. & Deamer, F., 21 May 2018, In : Psychosis. 10, 2, p. 132-141

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle