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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 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.

Research Interests

Josie's research interests are in the areas of developmental cognitive psychology and methodology. 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.


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