Joni Holmes
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Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

Applicants are invited to work on both secondary data and empirical experimental projects exploring how mood and cognition interact to influence children’s learning. Both good cognitive and mental health are important for adaptive functioning, and we know that functioning in one domain effects functioning in the other. The aim of these projects will be to investigate how these interactions change across development, how they differ for individual children, and how they impact on learning and educational outcomes.

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Personal profile

Academic Background


2001 - 2005         PhD. in Psychology, Durham University

1998 - 2001         First Class Bsc. (Hons.) Applied Psychology, Durham University


Academic Posts


2021 - Present  Professor of Psychology, University of East Anglia

2021- Present  Senior Affilaited Scientist, MRC Cognition & Brain Sciences Unit, University of Cambridge

2017- 2021   Head of the Centre for Attention, Learning and Memory, MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit, University of Cambridge

2017- 2021   Fellow, Wolfson College University of Cambridge,

2011 – 2017        Senior Investigator Scientist (Associate Professor equivalent), MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit, Cambridge

2009 - 2011         Senior Lecturer in Psychology, University of Northumbria (ESRC funded research sabbatical, University of York, 2010-2011)

2006 - 2009         Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of York

2006 – 2009        Honorary Fellow, School of Education, Durham University

2005 - 2006         Lecturer in Psychology, Leeds Metropolitan University

External Activities

Current Board Membership

-          Executive Committee, Experimental Psychology Society

-          Research Board, the British Psychological Society



Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, Durham University

Award Date: 30 Jun 2005

External positions

Senior Affiliated Scientist, MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit

1 Oct 202130 Sep 2024


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