Staff profile

Dr Hettie Roebuck

Lecturer in Psychology




College of Health, Psychology and Social Care


University of Derby Online Learning




Enterprise Centre



I joined the University of Derby in May 2020. I gained my PhD in Psychology at the University of Lincoln in 2013 exploring the impact of simulated hearing loss on executive function, namely; impulsivity, sustained attention and working memory.

Following my PhD, I was a Postdoctoral Research Scientist at the MRC Institute of Hearing Research, Nottingham (2013-2015), investigating the role of sustained attention and cognitive processing in children with suspected Auditory Processing Disorder (APD).

I then moved to the US to explore similar questions in children with Developmental Language Disorder and Autistic Spectrum Disorders at the Waisman Center, USA (2015-2017).

In 2017, I joined the Department of Psychology at The University of Wisconsin-Madison USA, where I developed a tool to measure individual differences in the modes of internal representations in adults; The Internal Representations Questionnaire (IRQ). I am using the tool to explore differences in cognition in typical and atypical development.

Teaching responsibilities

I am currently module lead for the MSc online Psychology programme, Biological and Cognitive Psychology. I also tutor on Individual Differences and supervise independent research projects.

Research interests


Recent conferences

Recent international conferences include: The EvoLang Conference in Brussels, The Cultural Evolution Society, Arizona, USA, The Cognitive Science Society USA, The Symposium of Child Language Disorders, Madison, USA, The Association for Research in Otolaryngology Conference, Baltimore, USA.

Experience in industry

Research Posts

International experience

I carried out 5 years of post-doctoral research in the USA. I am now an Honorary Fellow at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA. 

Recent publications

See Google Scholar or ResearchGate for a full list of my publications.