Dr Katrien Segaert MA, PhD

Dr Katrien Segaert

School of Psychology
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School of Psychology
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Dr. Katrien Segaert's research focuses on sentence level language processing, mostly syntactic and semantic processing. She is especially interested in how these core language processes work, how the workings change throughout the lifespan, and how they are instantiated in the brain.



  • Bsc (cum laude) and MA (magna cum laude) in Psychology - University of Leuven, Belgium
  • PhD in Social Sciences - Radboud University, Netherlands
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education (distinction) - University of Birmingham, UK


Before taking up a position as Lecturer at the University of Birmingham, Dr. Katrien Segaert was a staff researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics in the Netherlands. She received my PhD from the Radboud University in Nijmegen, the Netherlands and her Bsc and MA in Psychology from the University of Leuven, Belgium.

Postgraduate supervision

I am supervising or co-supervising the following PhD candidates: Roksana Markiewicz, Emma Sutton, Sophie Hardy, Charlotte Poulisse. 

I am co-supervising the following postdoctoral student: Vincent DeLuca

Evelien Heyselaar (PhD obtained 2017)
Lotte Schoot (PhD obtained 2017)
Anna Belavina (PhD obtained 2017)
Kristian Suen (PhD obtained 2019)

I am always happy to hear from current undergraduates and recent graduates who are considering PhD study. Please have a look at my research interests and publications for an indication of potential areas of interest (www.katriensegaert.com).


Research interests

  • How is syntactic and semantic processing instantiated in the brain?
  • What is the effect of ageing on language processing?
  • What are the mechanisms of syntactic priming?
  • Does social context influence core language processing?

For more information please see: www.katriensegaert.com