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Bangor Brain & Cognitive Development Laboratory


People - Director of BBCD


Professor Debbie Mills

email: d.l.mills@bangor.ac.uk

Location: Brigantia Building, room 128

phone: +44(0)1248 388572


BA Psychology, University of California, Los Angeles
MA Educational Psychology, University of California, Santa Barbara

Ph.D. Psychology, University of California, San Diego

Academic Positions

1988-1990 Post-doctoral training, Salk Institute of Biological Studies.

1991-1994 Staff Scientist, Laboratory for Neuropsychology, The Salk Institute for Biological Studies.

1994-1995 Assistant Project Scientist, Cognitive Science Department, University of California, San Diego.

1995-2001 Assistant Research Scientist, Center for Research in Language (CRL), Project in Cognitive and Neural Development (PCND), University of California, San Diego.

2001-2008 Associate Professor, Psychology Department, Emory University.

2002-present Adjunct Associate Professor, Salk Institute for Biological Studies.

2008-present, Senior Research Fellow, ESRC Centre for Research on Bilingualism in Theory & Practice

2008-2012  Reader, School of Psychology, Bangor University

2012-present Professor, School of Psychology, Bangor University

Editorial Boards
1994- present Developmental Neuropsychology
2003-2009 Infancy
2010-present Frontiers in Neuroscience: Language Sciences (Review Editor)


Dr. Mills received her B.A. in Psychology at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), her M.A. in Educational Psychology from the University of California at Santa Barbara (UCSB), and her Ph.D. in Psychology at the University of California at San Diego (UCSD). Her doctoral work was in both cognitive development and applied behaviour analysis with autistic children with Prof Laura Schreibman. She conducted her post-doctoral training in cognitive neuroscience at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in La Jolla, CA with Prof Helen Neville. From 1995 to 2001, Dr. Mills was an Assistant Research Scientist in the Center for Research in Language at UCSD. She was an Associate Professor at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia from 2001 to 2008. In the Fall of 2008, Dr. Mills joined the faculty in the School of Psychology at Bangor University as a Reader in Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience. Dr. Mills uses the event-related potential (ERP) technique to study how the organization of the brain changes during the course of language development. Of particular interest is the role of experience in setting up cerebral specializations for different aspects of language processing. In another line of research, she studies the development and plasticity of brain systems for sensory, language, and non-language cognitive functions in atypical populations such as Williams Syndrome.

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