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Dr Kathryn Emerson

Lecturer in Psychology (Education Only)

School of Arts and Social Sciences, Department of Psychology

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City, University of London
Northampton Square
United Kingdom



Kathryn completed her first two degrees within the University of London: a Joint Honours BA in Music and Psychology at Royal Holloway, followed by an MSc in Music, Mind and Brain at Goldsmiths College, where her research investigated the sexual selection hypothesis in relation to the evolution of music. Her interest in the psychology of music then broadened to include connections with language, and she completed her PhD in the Department of Human Communication Sciences at the University of Sheffield, under the supervision of Ray Wilkinson and Victoria Williamson. Her research used Conversation Analysis to explore the social interaction of choir rehearsals, focusing on the way choral conductors create musical changes through their verbal and non-verbal interaction with singers. She has presented her interdisciplinary work at international conferences in a range of fields, including Music Psychology, Conversation Analysis and Gesture Studies.

Whilst studying for her PhD, Kathryn taught Research Methods and Statistics at the University of Sheffield as a Teaching Assistant, and then as a University Teacher. She took up the position of Lecturer at City, University of London, in November 2019.


  1. FHEA, Higher Education Academy, UK, Mar 2018
  2. PhD Human Communication Sciences, University of Sheffield, UK, Sep 2014 – Aug 2018
  3. MSc Music Mind and Brain, Goldsmiths College, University of London, UK, Sep 2011 – Sep 2012
  4. BA (Joint Hons) Music and Psychology, Royal Holloway, University of London, UK, Sep 2007 – Jul 2010


Conference paper/proceedings

  1. Emerson, K., Williamson, V. and Wilkinson, R. (2017). Seeing the music in their hands: How conductors' depictions shape the music. Conference of the European Society for the Cognitive Sciences of Music 31 Jul 2017 – 4 Aug 2017, Ghent, Belgium.

Journal article

  1. Emerson, K., Williamson, V. and Wilkinson, R. (2019). Once more, with feeling: Conductors’ use of assessments and directives to provide feedback in choir rehearsals. Musicae Scientiae, 23(3), pp. 362–382. doi:10.1177/1029864919844810.