I graduated with a First Class BSc (Hons) Psychology from the University of Liverpool. In 2003 I was awarded a PhD from Liverpool John Moores University after completing a fully-funded full-time PhD studentship. Currently I am a Principal Lecturer in the Department of Psychology and Psychology Undergraduate Programme Lead. My areas of expertise include developmental and educational psychology. I am primarily interested the development of writing skills in the primary school years of education. However, my research interests also extend to understanding autism, socio-emotional development and teaching in the classroom. I also serve on the management committee for Global Hope, Liverpool Hope University's overseas education programme.
Recent publications include:
Dockrell, J., Papadopoulos, T., Mifsud, C., Bourke, L., et al. (2021). Teaching and learning in multilingual Europe: findings from a cross-European study. European Journal of Psychology of Education. DOI 10.1007/s10212-021-00539-z
Bourke, L., Davies, S.J., Sumner, E., & Green, C. (2014). Individual differences in the development of early writing skills: testing the unique contribution of visuospatial working memory. Reading and Writing. DOI 10.1007/s11145-019-09989-w Funded by British Academy