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Dr Jo Horne

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Professional biography

After graduating from the University of Hull with a degree in Psychology in 1994, I was employed by the Psychology Department’s Dyslexia Research Centre. Whilst working on a variety of dyslexia related projects at the centre and at Lucid Research Ltd, I studied for my PhD as a part-time student and completed this in 2002.

I was employed as a lecturer at the University of Hull from 1999 until 2017. The majority of my teaching was in research methods and statistics and final year options in educational psychology and educational testing, as well as project supervision within the areas of educational psychology, and sport and exercise psychology.

From 2017 until July 2020 I was self-employed, conducting a variety of research projects on a consultancy basis, primarily within education and test development, working with Government departments and test publishers.

I was an Associate Lecturer in FASS from 2008 until 2012, teaching on various psychology modules. I have been an AL in WELS since 2015, teaching Sport and Exercise Psychology.

I became a Staff Tutor in Psychology and Counselling in July 2020.

Educational qualifications:

  • 1994 Psychology BSc (Hons); University of Hull 
  • 2002 PhD; Department of Psychology, University of Hull: Development and evaluation of computer-based techniques for assessing children in educational settings 
  • 2002 Certificate of Competence in Occupational Testing (Level A); British Psychological Society 
  • 2003 Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education Teaching; University of Hull.

Membership of professional bodies and roles: 

  • Chartered Psychologist
  • Chartered Scientist
  • Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society
  • General member of the BPS Division of Educational and Child Psychology
  • Full member of the BPS Division of Academics, Researchers and Teachers in Psychology
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Registrant of the BPS Register of Qualifications in Test Use
  • Educational Editor of Assessment and Development Matters
  • BPS Psychological Testing Centre Test Reviewer
  • Analytical Associate – DfE Analytical Associate Pool
  • Office for National Statistics Approved Researcher

Research interests

My research over the last 25 years has predominantly focused on the development and evaluation of computerised educational assessments, which are widely used in schools, colleges and universities in the UK and internationally, and three were shortlisted for an international education award in 2020. I have published widely on this, and other topics, in peer-reviewed journals and presented research findings at national and international conferences.

I’m currently working on a few projects related to physical activity in informal (unpaid, familial) carers, with colleagues in the WELS faculty (Dr Jitka Vseteckova, Dr Nichola Kentzer) and the OU Carers Research group, as well as colleagues at Anglia Ruskin University:

  • Three systematic reviews of the prevalence of, and barriers and facilitators to, physical activity in informal carers in the UK and internationally
  • A qualitative study (interviews and journey mapping) looking at the effects of self-isolation, as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, on carers’ physical activity. A series of OpenLearn articles relating to this are available here
  • An observational study of a Walking the Parks intervention, targeted at people living with dementia and their families
  • A systematic review of gender differences in carer / caree attendance at outdoor physical activities.

Teaching interests

I am part of the team developing new postgraduate qualifications in psychology. 

I've been an AL in Sport and Exercise Psychology in ECYS (WELS) since 2015 (E233 / E235).

The majority of my teaching at the University of Hull was in research methods and statistics and final year options in educational psychology and educational testing, as well as project supervision within the areas of educational psychology, and sport and exercise psychology.

Publications

Reading Comprehension: A Computerized Intervention with Primary-age Poor Readers (2017-05-03)
Horne, Joanna Kathryn
Dyslexia, 23(2) (pp. 119-140)


Does the mean adequately represent reading performance? Evidence from a cross-linguistic study (2014-08-19)
Marinelli, Chiara V.; Horne, Joanna K.; McGeown, Sarah P.; Zoccolotti, Pierluigi and Martelli, Marialuisa
Frontiers in Psychology, 5, Article 903


Factors affecting the speed of free writing (2013)
Ferrier, Jonathan; Horne, Joanna and Singleton, Chris
Journal of Research in Special Educational Needs, 13(1) (pp. 66-78)


Could healthy eating initiatives be contributing to obesity? An analysis of primary school children's packed lunches before and after a healthy eating initiative (2012-11)
Hender, Carole and Horne, Joanna
The Lancet, 380, Article S47


Computerised screening for dyslexia in adults (2009-02)
Singleton, Chris; Horne, Joanna and Simmons, Fiona
Journal of Research in Reading, 32(1) (pp. 137-152)


Brief report—Phonological awareness and visual-spatial sketchpad functioning predict early arithmetic attainment: Evidence from a longitudinal study (2008)
Simmons, Fiona; Singleton, Chris and Horne, Joanna
European Journal of Cognitive Psychology, 20(4) (pp. 711-722)


Gender differences in computerised and conventional educational tests (2007)
Horne, Joanna
Journal of Computer Assisted Learning, 23(1) (pp. 47-55)


Computer-based cognitive assessment and the development of reading (2002)
Singleton, Chris; Thomas, Kevin and Horne, Joanna
Journal of Research in Reading, 23(2) (pp. 158-180)


Computerised baseline assessment of literacy (2002)
Singleton, Chris; Horne, Joanna and Thomas, Kevin
Journal of Research in Reading, 22(1) (pp. 67-80)


Participation in group outings, gender related profiling and preferences of outings for carers of individuals living with dementia: systematic review (2020-07-16)
Horne, Jo; Kentzer, Nichola; Smith, Lee; Trott, Mike; Abington, Jane and Vseteckova, Jitka
Prospero - International prospective register of systematic reviews


Test review: Adaptive Intelligence Diagnosticum 3 (2020-07)
Johnson, Charles; Horne, Jo; Keeley, Sean and Eyre, Charles
British Psychological Society, Leicester.


A systematic review on the barriers and facilitators to physical activity in informal / unpaid carers worldwide (2020-06-26)
Vseteckova, Jitka; Horne, Joanna; Smith, Lee; Trott, Mike and Kentzer, Nichola
Prospero - International prospective register of systematic reviews, CRD42020184196


How can Adult Carers get the best support during Covid-19 pandemic and beyond? (2020-06-03)
Taverner, Phil; Larkin, Mary; Vseteckova, Jitka; Kentzer, Nichola; Horne, Jo; Penson, Martin; Robb, Martin; Berry, Alex; Spencer, Melinda and Methley, Abigail
Open Learn, Milton Keynes.


The effects of self-isolation and lack of physical activity on carers. (2020-06-03)
Vseteckova, Jitka; Kentzer, Nichola; Horne, Jo; Robb, Martin; Larkin, Mary; Berry, Alex; Spencer, Melinda; Methley, Abigail and Taverner, Phil
Open Learn, Milton Keynes.


Young carers,COVID-19 and physical activity (2020-06-03)
Vseteckova, Jitka; Kentzer, Nichola; Horne, Jo; Penson, Martin; Robb, Martin; Larkin, Mary; Berry, Alex; Spencer, Melinda; Methley, Abigail and Taverner, Phil
OpenLearn, Milton Keynes.


A systematic review on the barriers and facilitators to physical activity in informal / unpaid carers in the UK (2020-04-28)
Horne, Jo; Vseteckova, Jitka; Smith, Lee; Trott, Mike and Kentzer, Nichola
Prospero


A systematic review on the prevalence of physical activity in informal / unpaid carers in the UK (2020-04-28)
Horne, Jo; Kentzer, Nichola; Smith, Lee; Trott, Mike and Vseteckova, Jitka
Prospero - International prospective register of systematic reviews


Test review: Emotional Capital Report (2020-04-07)
Gibbons, Patrick; Horne, Jo; Coyne, Iain and Eyre, Charlie
British Psychological Society, Leicester.


Test review: Myers-Briggs Type Indicator - Step 1 (MBTI Step 1) (2019-01-01)
Hinton, Daniel; Keeley, Sean; Horne, Jo and Eyre, Charlie
British Psychological Society, Leicester.


Test review: Myers-Briggs Type Indicator - Step II (MBTI - Step II) (2019-01-01)
Hinton, Daniel; Keeley, Sean; Horne, Jo and Eyre, Charlie
British Psychological Society, Leicester.


Test review:Wechsler Individual Achievement Test - Second UK Edition (WIAT-II UK) (2012-09-11)
Lauchlan, Fraser; Arnold, Christopher; Horne, Jo and Coyne, Iain
British Psychological Society, Leicester.


Test review: Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale - Fourth UK Edition (WAIS-IV UK) (2012-03-27)
Horne, Jo; Carstairs, Kari; Baron, Helen and Coyne, Iain
British Psychological Society, Leicester.


Test review: Wechsler Memory Scale - Fourth UK Edition (WMS-IV UK) (2012-01-31)
Horne, Jo; McDonald, Angus; Marshall, Linda and Coyne, Iain
British Psychological Society, Leicester.


Test review: BarOn Emotional Quotient Inventory - Youth Version (2009-03-05)
Horne, Jo; Tate, Louisa; Newcombe, Ian and Lindley, Patricia
British Psychological Society, Leicester.


Test review: Vienna Test System - Cognitrone (2007-08-09)
Richards, Andrew; Horne, Jo; Fingleton, K and Lindley, P
British Psychological Society


Test review: Vienna Test System - Vigilance (2007-08-09)
Horne, Jo; Richards, Andrew; Fingleton, K and Lindley, Patricia
British Psychological Society, Leicester.


Test review: Vienna Test System - Signal-detection (2007-08-09)
Horne, Jo; Richards, Andrew; Fingleton, K and Lindley, Patricia
British Psychological Society, Leicester.


Test review: Vienna Test System - Reaction Test (2007-08-09)
Horne, Jo; Richards, Andrew; Fingleton, K and Lindley, Patricia
British Psychological Society, Leicester.


British Ability Scales Second Edition (BAS II) Early Years [Test Review Summary] (2004-11)
Johnson, Charles; Horne, Jo; Fingleton, K and Lindley, Patricia
The British Psychological Society, Leicester, UK.