Ashley Blake

BA Hons

MSc Psychology 



My name is Ashley Blake and I am a PhD Researcher and Research Associate at the University of Birmingham.


My primary research investigates cognitive predictors of individual differences in children's language acquisition. I am particularly interested in developmental language disorder (you can find out more about DLD through under the 'Resources' page of this website).

Thank you to the families who took part in my recent study regarding children's language acquisition. We are excited to launch a new study for adults with language difficulties. Please see the 'Current Research' page for more information.

My PhD research forms part of an extensive five-year research project led by Professor Ewa Dąbrowska, and funded by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, investigating first and second language acquisition and attainment.  If you're interested in finding out more, please click on the following link: 

I am a committee member of the British Psychological Society: Cognitive Psychology Section, and Associate Editor of the Cognitive Psychology bulletin

My PhD research is supervised by Professor Ewa Dąbrowska (University of Birmingham and Friedrich Alexander University, Erlangen-Nuremburg), Professor Dagmar Divjak (University of Birmimgham) and Dr Nick Riches (Newcastle University).

My research interests include:

  • Usage-based language acquisition

  • Cognitive skill-learning

  • Memory and learning

  • Developmental language disorder