Dr Birsu Kandemirci


I completed my undergraduate degree in Psychology at Mersin University, Turkey. After completing my BSc, I worked as a Research Assistant on the Balkan Epidemiological Study on Child Abuse and Neglect (BECAN) project. BECAN was an extensive European Union project that involved nine countries and eight work packages. Following the completion of this project, I obtained an MSc degree in Developmental Psychology at Lancaster University. I then completed my PhD in Psychology at The University of Sheffield in 2018. My PhD research was on young children's creativity and the impact of technology use and peer collaboration on creative performance. I was awarded full MSc and PhD scholarship from Ministry of National Education, Turkey. After obtaining my PhD, I joined Lancaster University's Linguistics and English Language department as a postdoctoral researcher and our project was on young children's language abilities and their perspective-taking abilities. 

I joined the Psychology department at Kingston University London in November 2019. My research interests are creativity, Psycholinguistics, executive functions, and Theory of Mind. I also have an interest in cross-cultural and/or cross-linguistic research.

Academic responsibilities

Lecturer in Developmental Psychology


  • 2007-2011: BSc (Hons), Mersin University
  • 2013-2014: MSc, Lancaster University
  • 2014-2018: PhD, The University of Sheffield

Teaching and learning

Undergraduate courses taught

Postgraduate courses taught



Number of items: 6.


Sofuoglu, Zeynep, Sariyer, Gorkem, Aydin, Fulya, Cankardes, Sinem and Kandemirci, Birsu (2016) Child abuse and neglect among children who drop out of school : a study in Izmir, Turkey. Social Work in Public Health, 31(6), pp. 589-598. ISSN (print) 1937-1918

Conference or Workshop Item

Kandemirci, Birsu [Speaker] (2019) Language abilities and false-belief reasoning in 2 to 4 year old children. In: University of Oxford’s Department of Education : Research Group Seminar : Child Development and Learning; 19 Nov 2019, Oxford, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Kandemirci, Birsu, Thomsen, Ditte Boeg, Theakston, Anna and Brandt, Silke (2019) Does complement-clause mastery explain false-belief understanding? A longitudinal study with 2 to 3 year olds. In: Child Language Symposium 2019; 10 - 12 Jul 2019, Sheffield, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Kandemirci, Birsu, Matthews, Danielle and Hoicka, Elena (2018) Many sides of creativity : different domains, cultures, and measurement techniques. In: 2nd UK Creativity Researchers Conference; 22 May 2018, Canterbury, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Kandemirci, Birsu (2017) Is two better than one? The effects of collaboration on creative drawing. In: British Psychology Developmental Section Annual Conference 2017; 13 - 15 Sep 2017, Stratford-upon-Avon, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Kandemirci, Birsu, Matthews, Danielle and Hoicka, Elena (2017) Do touchscreen devices make children more creative? The effects of technology and collaboration on children's storytelling ability. In: 2017 SRCD Biennial Meeting; 06 - 08 Apr 2017, Austin, Texas. (Unpublished)

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