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Emily has an Honours degree in Science (Psychology), a PhD in Cognitive Psychology, and a Postdoc in Cognitive Neuroscience. Her current research projects include examining the process(es) underlying the recognition memory decision, the influence of context on short- and long-term memory, and working memory in school-aged children.


  • PhD (Psychology), University of Newcastle, 10/03/2009
  • Bachelor of Science (Psychology)(Honours), University of Newcastle, 08/12/2003


Research keywords

  • ERP
  • cognitive neuroscience
  • cognitive psychology
  • developmental psychology
  • experimental psychology
  • psychology

Research expertise

My central research focus is Human Memory. My main are of research expertise involves the study of Recognition Memory. I have examined such things as the effect of lexical characteristics of stimuli, study and test context effects, and the process(es) underlying the recognition memory decision. Although the majority of my research has focused on adult memory, I am also involved in studies looking at the relationship between working memory and achievement in children.

Fields of Research

170299Cognitive Science Not Elsewhere Classified80
170102Developmental Psychology And Ageing20


Teaching keywords

  • cognitive psychology
  • developmental psychology
  • research methods
  • statistics

Teaching expertise

I have taught a range of undergraduate and graduate level courses in Psychology. These have covered such topics as cognitive psychology, developmental psychology, research methods and statistics.



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Journal article (9 outputs)

2015StGeorge J, Fletcher R, Freeman E, Paquette D, Dumont C, 'Father¿child interactions and children's risk of injury', Early Child Development and Care, (2015)
2013Freeman E, Ross NM, St George J, Fletcher R, 'A quantitative analysis of practitioners' knowledge of fathers and fathers' engagement in family relationship services', Australasian Dispute Resolution Journal, 24 270-277 (2013) [C1]
2013Fletcher R, StGeorge J, Freeman E, 'Rough and tumble play quality: Theoretical foundations for a new measure of father-child interaction', Early Child Development and Care, 183 746-759 (2013) [C1]
2012Freeman EE, Fletcher R, Collins CE, Morgan PJ, Burrows TL, Callister R, 'Preventing and treating childhood obesity: Time to target fathers', International Journal of Obesity, 36 12-15 (2012) [C1]
2011Fletcher R, Freeman EE, Garfield C, Vimpani GV, 'The effects of early paternal depression on children's development', Medical Journal of Australia, 195 685-689 (2011) [C1]


2011Fletcher R, Freeman EE, Matthey S, 'The impact of behavioural parent training on fathers' parenting: A meta-analysis of the triple-p positive parenting program', Fathering: A Journal of Theory, Research, & Practice about Men as Fathers, 9 291-312 (2011) [C1]


2010Freeman EE, Heathcote AJ, Chalmers KA, Hockley W, 'Item effects in recognition memory for words', Journal of Memory and Language, 62 1-18 (2010) [C1]
2010Heathcote AJ, Bora B, Freeman EE, 'Recollection and confidence in two-alternative forced choice episodic recognition', Journal of Memory and Language, 62 183-203 (2010) [C1]
2009Heathcote AJ, Freeman EE, Etherington JL, Tonkin J, Bora B, 'A dissociation between similarity effects in episodic face recognition', Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 16 824-831 (2009) [C1]
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Conference (1 outputs)

2006Bohlscheid EE, Chalmers KA, Heathcote AJ, Hockley WE, 'Reflections on the mirror effect: Comparisons of word frequency and nonword pronounceability', Australian Journal of Psychology V58, Suppl: Proceedings of the 33rd Australasian Experimental Psychology Conference, Brisbane (2006) [E3]

Grants and Funding


Number of grants3
Total funding$111,278

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2014 (1 grants)

Are short and long term memory really different systems? A context-based alternative $8,778
Funding Body: Keats Endowment Research Fund

Project Team
Doctor Emily Freeman, Professor Simon Dennis, Doctor Kerry Chalmers, Doctor Adam Osth
Research GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish

2013 (1 grants)

Are two processes one too many? A state-trace analysis of recognition memory for familiar and unfamiliar words.$12,500
Funding Body: Keats Endowment Research Fund

Project Team
Doctor Kerry Chalmers, Doctor Emily Freeman
Research GrantInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish

2011 (1 grants)

Investigation of recognition memory in behavioural, electrophysiological, and functional neuroimaging domains using state trace analysis$90,000
Funding Body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Project Team
Professor John Dunn, Dr Greig De Zubicaray, Doctor Emily Freeman
Discovery ProjectsChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish

Research Supervision

Number of current supervisions0

No Supervisions.


Dr Emily Freeman

Work Phone4921 6115
PositionAssociate Lecturer
Cognitive Research Group
School of Psychology
Faculty of Science and Information Technology
The University of Newcastle, Australia
Psychology Building,
University Drive
Callaghan NSW 2308