Dr Josie Booth

Lecturer in Developmental Psychology

Background

Dr Josie Booth is a Lecturer in Developmental Psychology in Moray House School of Education. Josie is a Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society (BPS) and currently sits on the committee for the Developmental Section. Josie's research expertise is in cognitive development and links with health.

Josie was awarded her PhD from the University of Strathclyde for a thesis titled “Executive functions and children’s reading difficulties: The effects of task modality, cognitive ability and comorbid conditions”. Her Phd was funded by the ESRC and supervised by Prof Jim Boyle and Dr Steve Kelly.

Following this, Josie was employed as a postdoctoral researcher within the School of Psychological Sciences and Health at the University of Strathclyde. Working with Prof John Reilly, she primarily examined the relationship between executive functions, academic attainment, emotional and behavioural well-being and physical activity in adolescents, employing secondary data analysis of the ALSPAC birth cohort.

Josie then held an academic position at the University of Dundee, before joining the University of Edinburgh in 2015.

Undergraduate teaching

  • Education Studies 2A (Course coordinator)
  • Educational Studies 3
  • Cognitive and Social Child Development in Education (Course coordinator)
  • Psychology of Physical Activity

Postgraduate teaching

  • Psychology of Learning and Teaching (MSc Course coordinator)

  • PGDE Primary

  • Children and Young People 2

Current PhD students supervised

  • Helen Weavers- The effect of a resistance training intervention on physical activity levels in youths, jointly with Dr Sam Fawkner (PAHRC) and Dr Audrey Duncan (University of Dundee)
  • Ghaleyah Alajmi- jointly with Dr Katie Cebula and Dr Gale MacLeod (IECS)
  • Chuchu Li: The effect of classroom-based interventions that reduce sedentary behavior on school-aged children’s psychological and educational outcomes. Supervised jointly with Dr Sam Fawkner (PAHRC)
  • Margarita Kanevski: Identification of cognitive predictors to tailor mathematics learning interventions for children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Funded by Carnegie Trust, supervised jointly with Sinead Rhodes and Andrew Stanfield 
  • Alexia Revueltas Roux: What does engagement look like? Understanding multimodality in engagement.  Funded by the Wellcome Trust, supervised jointly with Dr Andrew Manches

Research summary

Josie's research interests are in the areas of developmental cognitive psychology and links with health. Research has explored the role of executive functions in children’s language and reading ability and academic attainment, focussing predominately on children with developmental disorders, in particular, reading difficulties, Specific Language Impairment and ADHD.

Furthermore, research has examined the psychological impact of physical activity and obesity on children’s cognitive, academic and emotional and behavioural development. Physical activity interventions are a focus of Josie’s work and the role that physical activity can have in addressing inequalities in society.

The application of advanced quantitative methods is also a key interest and Josie is involved in a number of secondary data analysis collaborations.

Josie is also interested in Psychometric testing and currently holds a place on the Register of Qualifications in Test Use (RQTU) with the British Psychological Society.

Project activity

Title: Using the Daily Mile to turn the WHEEL (Wellbeing Health Enjoyment Exercise Learning):  A pilot study to assess body composition, physical activity, cognition and wellbeing in pupils who take part in the daily mile.

In collaboration with Dr Naomi Brooks, Dr Colin Moran, Dr Gemma Ryde and Dr Trish Gorely (all University of Stirling).  

Current project grants

• 2019-2020: Salvesen Mindroom Centre Scientific Advisory Board (£22,534) for project “Autism Spectrum Disorder and associations with literacy skills at the start of primary school”. In collaboration with Louise Marryat (PI), Sinead Rhodes, Anne O'Hare (all Uni of Edinburgh) & Rachael Wood (National Services Scotland)

• 2017- 2020: Wellcome Trust/National Science Foundation (£690,128). Dr Andrew Manches (PI) for “Science Learning+: Move2Learn” project.

Past project grants

• 2017: University of Edinburgh CAHSS Knowledge Exchange and Impact Grant (£4550) plus Physiological Society (£3000). Principle Investigator on grant “Investigating physical activity with Terrific Scientific: joining the BBC to help kids learn about science.” In collaboration with Dr Naomi Brooks, Dr Colin Moran, Dr Trish Gorely and Mr Ross Chesham (all University of Stirling).

• 2017: University of Edinburgh Seedcorn Funding (£1367.82). Principal Investigator on grant “Investigating the feasibility of standing desks in classrooms: one way to close the gap?” In collaboration with Prof John Sproule, Dr Sam Fawkner (Uni of Edinburgh) and Dr Amanda Pitkethly (Edinburgh Napier University).

• 2017: The Sutton Trust (£2000). Joint Principal investigator on grant “Using the Daily Mile to turn the WHEEL (Wellbeing Health Enjoyment Exercise Learning): A pilot study to assess body composition, physical activity, cognition and wellbeing in pupils who take part in the daily mile”. In collaboration with Dr Naomi Brooks, Dr Colin Moran, Dr Gemma Ryde and Dr Trish Gorely (all University of Stirling).

• 2017: Cochrane Library (£5000). Co investigator for review “Lifestyle intervention for improving school achievement in overweight or obese children and adolescents”. In collaboration with Anne Martin (PI), Yvonne Laird, Dave Saunders, John Sproule (all Uni of Edinburgh) and John Reilly (University of Strathclyde).

• 2015-2016: University of Stirling (£8500). Joint Principal investigator on grant “Using the Daily Mile to turn the WHEEL (Wellbeing Health Enjoyment Exercise Learning): A pilot study to assess body composition, physical activity, cognition and wellbeing in pupils who take part in the daily mile”. In collaboration with Dr Naomi Brooks, Dr Colin Moran, Dr Iain Gallagher, Dr Gemma Ryde and Dr Trish Gorely (all University of Stirling).

• 2014-2015: Waterloo Foundation (£48,672). Principal investigator on grant “Physical Activity in Children with ADHD and Reading Difficulties: Impact on Cognition and Behaviour”. Co-investigators: Prof John Reilly and Prof Jim Boyle (University of Strathclyde) and Prof Phil Tomporowski and Dr Bryan McCullick (University of Georgia).

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