Josie Booth

Lecturer

  • Tel: (+44) (0)1382 384187
  • Email: j.booth@dundee.ac.uk
  • School of Psychology The University of Dundee Dundee DD1 4HN Scotland, UK

View this profile on the Discovery Research Portal

Bio

Biography

Dr Josie Booth is a Chartered Psychologist and lecturer in the School of Psychology. 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.

Research

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. 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.

Teaching

Introductory Psychology (Level 1)

Executive functions across the lifespan (Level 4 and Msc)

Deputy director MSc 

 

Research Outputs

Booth, JN , Boyle, JME & Kelly, SW 2014, ' The relationship between inhibition and working memory in predicting children’s reading difficulties ' Journal of Research in Reading , vol 37, no. 1, pp. 84-101.

Research output: ContributionToJournal

Booth, JN , Tomporowski, PD, Boyle, JME, Ness, AR, Joinson, C, Leary, SD & Reilly, JJ 2014, ' Obesity impairs academic attainment in adolescence:: findings from ALSPAC, a UK cohort ' International Journal of Obesity .

Research output: ContributionToJournal

Rhodes, SM , Booth, JN , Campbell, LE, Blythe, RA, Wheate, NJ & Delibegovic, M 2013, ' Evidence for a role of executive functions in learning Biology ' Infant and Child Development .

Research output: ContributionToJournal

Booth, JN , Tomporowski, PD, Boyle, JM, Ness, AR, Joinson, C, Leary, SD & Reilly, JJ 2013, ' Associations between executive attention and objectively measured physical activity in adolescence:: findings from ALSPAC, a UK cohort ' Mental Health and Physical Activity , vol 6, no. 3, pp. 212-219.

Research output: ContributionToJournal

Booth, JN , Leary, SD, Joinson, C, Ness, AR, Tomporowski, PD, Boyle, JM & Reilly, JJ 2013, ' Associations between objectively measured physical activity and academic attainment in adolescents from a UK cohort. ' British Journal of Sports Medicine .

Research output: ContributionToJournal

Woolfson, LM, Geddes, R, McNicol, S , Booth, JN & Frank, J 2013, ' A cross-sectional pilot study of the Scottish early development instrument: a tool for addressing inequality ' BMC Public Health , vol 13, 1187.

Research output: ContributionToJournal

Booth, JN , Ness, AR, Tomporowski, PD, Leary, SD, Joinson, C, Boyle, JME & Reilly, JJ 2012, ' Is objectively measured physical activity related to behavioural and emotional difficulties in adolescents?: evidence from ALSPAC '. in 2012 Division of Sport & Exercise Psychology Annual Conference Proceedings. British Psychological Society, London, 2012 British Psychological Society Annual Conference, London, United Kingdom, 18-20 April.

Research output: ContributionToBookAnthology

Booth, JN , Ness, AR, Tomporowski, PD, Leary, SD, Joinson, C, Boyle, JME & Reilly, JJ 2012, ' Associations between objectively measured physical activity and cognition in adolescents: evidence from the ALSPAC Cohort ' Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise , vol 44, no. 5S (Supple. 2), 2845, pp. 739-739.

Research output: ContributionToJournal

Booth, JN , Ness, AR, Tomporowski, PD, Leary, SD, Joinson, C, Boyle, JME & Reilly, JJ 2012, ' Is objectively measured physical activity related to behavioural and emotional difficulties in adolescents?: evidence from ALSPAC ' 2012 British Psychological Society Annual Conference, London, United Kingdom, 18/04/12 - 20/04/12 , .

Research output: ContributionToConference

Hefferon, K & Booth, JN 2011, ' A quantitative evaluation of the impact of two outreach workers within a special school environment '. in K Hefferon (ed.), A small-scale evaluation of the Newham TaHMS project: a multi-method perspective. Newham Council Government report, Newham Council , London.

Research output: ContributionToBookAnthology

Booth, JN , Boyle, JME & Kelly, SW 2010, ' Do tasks make a difference?: Accounting for heterogeneity of performance of children with reading difficulties on tasks of executive function: Findings from a meta-analysis ' British Journal of Developmental Psychology , vol 28, no. 1, pp. 133-176.

Research output: ContributionToJournal

Booth, JN & Boyle, JME 2009, ' The role of inhibitory functioning in children’s reading skills ' Educational Psychology in Practice , vol 25, no. 4, pp. 339-350.

Research output: ContributionToJournal

Booth, J & Vitkovitch, M 2008, ' Perseverant responding in children's picture naming ' Journal of Child Language , vol 35, no. 1, pp. 235-246.

Research output: ContributionToJournal

Press

OBESITY ASSOCIATED WITH LOWER ACADEMIC ATTAINMENT IN TEENAGE GIRLS, SAYS NEW STUDY

  • Published: 11/03/2014
  • Press clipping: Research

Obesity in adolescent girls is associated with lower academic attainment levels throughout their teenage years, a new study has shown.   The research conducted by the Universities of Dundee, Strathclyde, Georgia and Bristol is the most comprehensive study yet carried out into the association between obesity and academic attainment in adolescence. The results are publ…

Moderate to vigorous exercise boosts teens' academic performance

  • Published: 22/10/2013
  • Press clipping: Research

Improvements over long term. Particularly noticeable for girls' science results Regular moderate to vigorous exercise improves teens' academic performance, and particularly seems to help girls do better in science, indicates research led by the Universities of Strathclyde and Dundee. The study, undertaken in collaboration with the Universities of Georgia and Bristol,…

Activities

Youth Sport Trust Annual Conference

Mini-keynote speaker

Activity: Participation in conference

Healthy Body, Healthy Mind: Discussing the Psychological Impact of Physical Health

Activity: Public lecture/debate/seminar

Cafe Science Dundee - Healthy Body, Healthy Mind: Could Keeping Active Improve Mental Ability and Exam Results?

The ancient Greeks believed that the development of the mind and body were inextricably linked. In our current time, we are suffering from a worldwide pandemic of physical inactivity and obesity with recent figures suggesting that over 20% of five year olds are overweight in Scotland.Healthy Body Healthy Mind The physical benefits of a balanced diet and regular physical activity are commonly reported however more recent work suggests that there are wide ranging psychological benefits from adopting a healthy lifestyle, evident at all ages across the lifespan. This talk will discuss contemporary research looking at mental ability and physical activity.

Activity: Public lecture/debate/seminar

2012 British Psychological Society Annual Conference

Activity: Participation in conference