She is a Senior Lecturer in Applied Linguistics at Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick. Her research output includes papers, chapters and books on Corpus Linguistics, Pragmatics and Media Discourse. These include Investigating Media Discourse (2006, Routledge), From Corpus to Classroom (2007, Cambridge University Press, with Michael McCarthy and Ronald Carter), English Grammar Today (2011, Cambridge University Press, with Ronald Carter, Michael McCarthy and Geraldine Mark), Introducing Pragmatics in Use (2011, Routledge, with Brian Clancy and Svenja Adolphs). She also co-edited the Routledhe Handbook of Corpus Linguistics (with Michael McCarthy). Her most recent research on the Cambridge Learner Corpus has led to the online resource, the English Grammar Profile (with Geraldine Mark). She has also guest edited a number of international journals, most recently Corpus Pragmatics and she is co-editor of two Routledge book series, Routledge Corpus Linguistic Guides and Routledge Applied Corpus Series.