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M.A. (Hons) Psychology, University of Aberdeen, 2002
MRes Psychology, University of Aberdeen, 2003
PhD Psychology, University of Hull, 2008
Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education, 2010
Higher Education Academy Teaching Fellow, 2011
Membership of Professional Bodies
British Psychological Society, United Kingdom Literacy Association, Society for the Scientific Studies of Reading and the European Association for Research in Learning and Instruction.
Ad hoc reviewer for: Learning and Individual Differences, Journal of Research in Reading, Child Development, Educational Psychology, Educational Review, Scientific Studies in Reading, European Journal of Psychology of Education, Dyslexia, Reading and Writing: An Interdisciplinary Journal, Cambridge Journal of Education, Learning and Instruction, Research in Developmental Disabilities and the British Educational Research Journal.
Member of the Editorial Board for the Journal of Educational and Developmental Psychology.
Member of the Editorial Advisory Group for the Journal of Research in Reading
Editor of: Psychology of Gender Differences (2012). Nova Science Publishers.
Reading development: I am interested in the influence of cognitive skills and motivation on children’s reading development, and identifying ways to boost children's motivation to read. Further interests include investigating the influence of method of reading instruction on children’s reading strategies and attainment.
Sex differences and gender identity: Examining the extent to which gender identity explains sex differences in education.
Mental toughness in education: Studying the relationship between mental toughness and attainment among primary and secondary school aged pupils and mental toughness among teachers.
Motivation and behaviour: The relationship between academic motivation and classroom behaviour in primary and secondary school aged pupils.
I would be interested in supervising doctoral research students in the areas listed above.
2011: Nuffield Foundation Undergraduate Research Bursary. Individual differences in the cognitive and behavioural predictors of reading skill
2010 - 2011: HEFCE UnLtd Catalyst Award. Reading For Fun - A Pupil Led Project to Boost Reading Motivation
2010 - 2011: British Academy Small Research Grant. Investigating sex differences in reading strategies and the effectiveness of different strategies on early reading and spelling
2010: Nuffield Foundation Undergraduate Research Bursary. Sex differences in reading strategies
2009: Nuffield Foundation Undergraduate Research Bursary. Effects of reading instruction on children’s reading strategies
Child and Adolescent Development (MSc Education)
2013 - present: Jennifer Salfen. Thesis: Extracurricular activities and PYD in adolescence.
2013 - present: Matluba Kahn. Thesis: Designing for change: Developing design guidelines for the outdoor environment of primary schools to enhance children's learning and attitudes to school (with Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture)
2014 - present: Jennifer Roberts. Thesis: What enables girls to resist emphasised femininities in the school environment?
2014 - present: Xiaoyi Hu. Thesis: Foreign language learning, anxiety and motivation among primary school aged children
2014 - present: Thalia Theodoraki. Thesis: Executive functions and academic attainment among adolescents (with Department of Psychology)
This article was published on Apr 15, 2015