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Research Fellow: Dr. Catherine Darnell

Catherine joined the Jubilee Centre as a Research Fellow in September 2017. In 2010, she was awarded ESRC funding for a 1+3 years at the University of Birmingham, completing an MRes in Psychology research followed by a PhD in children’s cognitive development. Catherine’s doctoral thesis focussed on the development of children’s metacognition and the cognitive processes underpinning children’s understanding of uncertainty. Following Catherine’s PhD, she completed a postdoc for an educational and psychology consultancy investigating current teaching policy on phonics education. Prior to joining the centre Catherine worked as a teaching fellow in the School of Psychology lecturing on the modules Adolescent Mind and Brain and Introduction to Developmental Psychology.

Catherine is currently working on The Psychological Development of Character: Emotion, Identity and Phronesis project.

Contact Details

Telephone: +44 (0)121 414 7028


Room 1239
12th Floor (West) Muirhead Tower
University of Birmingham
Edgbaston, Birmingham
B15 2TT, United Kingdom
  • PhD in Cognitive Development, University of Birmingham, Thesis: Children’s Understanding of Uncertainty
  • MRes in Psychology Research, Distinction, University of Birmingham
  • BSc Psychology (Hons), 1:1, University of Birmingham

Darnell, C.A., Solity, J. & Wall, H. (2017). Decoding the Phonics Screening Check. British Educational Research Journal, 43, 505-527.