Curriculum Vitae

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At a Glance

Experience / Education
Postdoctoral Research FellowPurdue Aphasia Research LabAugust 2022 – present
PhD (Psycholinguistics)University of EssexSeptember 2019 – July 2022
MA (Psycholinguistics)University of EssexSeptember 2018 – September 2019
BA (Hons) (English)Birmingham City UniversitySeptember 2015 – July 2018
Teaching Experience
Assistant Lecturer
Understanding Data in Linguistics
University of Essex2020-2022
Graduate Teaching Assistant
Child Language Development
University of Essex2019
Classroom AssistantBirmingham City University2017-2018

Publications and Projects

  • Van Boxtel, W.S. & Lawyer, L.A. (2022) Syntactic comprehension priming and lexical boost effects in older adults. Language, Cognition, Neuroscience.
  • Van Boxtel, W.S. & Lawyer, L.A. (2021) Sentence comprehension in ageing and Alzheimer’s Disease. Language and Linguistics Compass, e12430. 10.1111/lnc3.12430
  • Van Boxtel, W.S. & Lawyer, L.A. (submitted.) A Matter of Memory? Age-invariant relative clause disambiguation and memory interference in older adults. Special Issue on Aging Language: understanding how human cognition changes as we grow old; Topics in Cognitive Science.
  • Van Boxtel, W.S. & Lawyer, L.A. (submitted). In the Prime of Life: ERP evidence for syntactic comprehension priming in older adults.
  • Jerro, K., Lawyer, L.A., Ngoboka, J., O’Gara, F., and Van Boxtel, W.S. (submitted). The Psychological Reality of Noun Classes in Kinyarwanda
  • Van Boxtel, W.S., Cox, B., Keen, A., and Lee, J. (in prep.) Anticipatory processing in aphasia: Evidence from structural Priming. Frontiers in Language Sciences.
  • Van Boxtel, W.S., Linge, M., Manning, R.C.G., Haven, L., and Lee, J. (in prep.) Online eye-tracking for aphasiology and linguistics: a feasibility study.

Service to the Field

  • Contributing author: “Special Issue on Aging Language: understanding how human cognition changes as we grow old.” Topics in Cognitive Science. Autumn 2022.
  • Reviewer: Nature Scientific Reports
  • Reviewer: International Journal of Language and Communication Disorders
  • Reviewer: Neuropsychology Review
  • Reviewer: Cognition
  • Reviewer: Frontiers in Education
  • Conference Organisation: Language at the University of Essex (LangUE) 2021.


  • EEG/ERP recording and analysis.
  • Eyetracking (EyeLink & Online through WebGazer.js) recording and analysis
  • Experiment building in OpenSesame, PsychoPy, E-Prime, Experiment Builder
  • LaTex
  • R language, Markdown, Unix/Linux, Python, Matlab/EEGlab
  • Bayesian regression modelling, linear mixed modelling (including generalised/logit)


  • Purdue Institute for Integratve Neuroscience Travel Award (Dec ’22)
  • University of Essex Social Sciences Doctoral Scholarship (May ’18)
  • Associate Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (United Kingdom)
  • Faculty of Social Sciences Dean’s Fund (Psychology of Noun Classes in Kinyarwanda)
  • Howard Jackson Prize (Birmingham City University)