Deirdre was a Research Assistant on Strand 6 of the MEITS project, which focuses on the effects of multilingualism on cognition, health and wellbeing. As a sociolinguist, she worked together with the team to incorporate qualitative methods in cognitive research. Before joining Strand 6, Deirdre was a Research Associate on Strand 3 of the MEITS project based at Queen’s University Belfast. Her research in QUB focussed on perceptions of Irish among learners of the language in Northern Ireland, with a particular interest in concepts of identity and how the language can be used for social cohesion in a traditionally divided society. Deirdre completed her BA in University College Cork, and her MPhil and PhD in Trinity College, Dublin. Her PhD research focussed on Linguistic Landscapes in border areas of the three historic autonomous communities in Spain.