Claudia Zuniga Montanez

Claudia Zuniga Montanez

School of Psychology
Doctoral Researcher

Contact details

School of Psychology
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Cecilia´s study is focused on Late Talkers and how their vocabulary can be enhanced. Previous studies have shown that typically developed infants can present an increase in their acquisition of object names when they are trained in a principle called “the shape bias”. The objective of her study is to study if Late Talkers can also benefited by being trained with this principle and if this training programme has long term benefits.


  • MSc. in Developmental Disorders. Lancaster University, United Kingdom
  • Bachelor in Psychology. Universidad Iberoamericana (UIA). Mexico City, Mexico


Cecilia conducted her undergraduate studies in Psychology at the Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico. After finishing her studies, she worked for a year at a school for children diagnosed with ASD. Then, she studied an MSc. in Developmental Disorders at Lancaster University. Under the supervision of Professor Gert Westermann, she worked in the Lancaster University´s Baby Lab studying how infants learn and remember words related to adjectives and object properties. After finishing her degree, she went back to Mexico where she worked as a preschool teacher and as a child therapist for infants diagnosed with language, learning or developmental disorders. Currently she is conducting her PhD in Psychology under the supervision of Dr Andrea Krott where she is studying Late Talker and how their vocabulary can be enhanced.

Doctoral research

PhD title
Shape bias as an intervention for Late Talkers
Dr Andrea Krott


Research interests

Developmental psychology, developmental disorders, language development, language and cognition.