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BA (Hons.), M.Res, MBPsS

Toni graduated from the University of Strathclyde with a BA (hons.) Psychology in 2011, and an M.Res (Distinction grade) Research Methods in Psychology in 2012. Prior to joining Heriot-Watt University in September 2013, Toni taught undergraduate psychology at the University of Aberdeen, she also teaches on a psychology summer school at the University of Strathclyde (2011-2014). Toni has experience of working in industry namely, finance, HR, contracting, and safety research. At present Toni is carrying out PhD research in psychology with Dr. Thusha Rajendran and Prof. Ruth Aylett, funded by a James-Watt Scholarship.

Current Research

Toni 's PhD is a Multidisciplinary project using and developing computer mediated role-play technology for research and clinical use, (in collaboration with computer scientists) as a more ecologically valid measure of typical and atypically developing children's social cognition, with a specific focus on disinhibited social engagement/ indiscriminate friendliness.

Research Interests

Toni has a broad range of research interest spanning the area of children's cognitive development (e.g. Social cognition, Executive Functioning, and Memory). She also has an interest in the application of advance quantitative methods.

Funding Awards

  • James – Watt PhD Studentship 2013 - 2016 (Approx. 60K)
  • BPS Developmental Section Annual Conference 2014: Student Bursary Award (£160)
  • EPS Grindley Grants for Conference Attendance 2014 (£500)
  • PsyPAG Annual Conference 2014: Bursary Award (£100)
  • BPS Developmental Section Annual Conference 2012: Student Bursary Award (£160).


Level 1 & 3 Research methods


  • Fallon, T., Aylett R, S., Minnis, H., & Rajendran, G. (2014). A computer mediated role-play approach to measuring children's social vulnerabilities. BPS Developmental Section Annual Conference, Amsterdam, September 3rd.
  • Fallon, T., Aylett R, S., Minnis, H., & Rajendran, G. (2014). Using computer mediated role-play to measure children's social understanding: A novel approach to increasing ecological validity in research and clinical practice. PsyPAG Annual Conference, Developmental Symposium, Cardiff Metropolitan University, Cardiff, July 23rd.
  • Fallon, T., & Aylett S, R., Rajendran, G.(2013). Using computer-mediated role-play to investigate children's social and communicative development. School of Life Sciences Post Graduate Annual Conference, Heriot-Watt University Edinburgh, December.
  • Fallon, T., & Aylett S, R., Rajendran, G.(2013). Computer Role - Play and Social Cognition. LAER Lab Meeting, School of Informatics,University of Edinburgh, October.
  • Fallon, T., & Rhodes, S. (2012). The development of episodic memory in children: An examination of the picture superiority effect. BPS Developmental Section Annual Conference, University of Strathclyde Glasgow, September 6th.


  • Fallon, T. (2014). Bringing the Measurement and Assessment of Children's Social Behaviour into the 21st Century. PsyPAG Quarterly, 91, 16-19.
  • Fallon, T. (2013) BPS Developmental Section Conference: In Review. BPS Developmental Psychology Forum, 76, 7-8.



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