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

Josie undertook her ESRC funded PhD in the School of Psychology at the University of Strathclyde. Following this, Josie was employed as a postdoctoral researcher within the Physical Activity for Health group at the University of Strathclyde. Josie then held an academic position at the University of Dundee, before joining the University of Edinburgh in 2015.

Research Interests

Josie’s research seeks to understand and support how children learn and the relationships with their health behaviour (e.g. physical activity and obesity). Much of Josie’s research involves school based programmes which are often co-created with teachers and pupils, and includes neurodiverse populations, such as ADHD. Josie uses a range of methodology in her research, such as Randomised Controlled Trials, Secondary data analysis of longitudinal data sets, and systematic reviews and meta-analyses.  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.

College Research Themes

  • Childhood & Youth
  • Health & Wellbeing


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