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Dr Lorna Bourke

0151 291 3077

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., et al., (2020). Writing with imagination: the influence of hot and cold executive functions in children with autism characteristics and typically developing peers. Reading and Writing
  • DOI: 
  • 10.1007/s11145-019-09989-w

  • Davies, S., Bourke, L., & Harrison, N. (2020). Does audio-visual binding as an integrative function of working memory influence the early stages of learning to writing? Reading and Writing. 
  • DOI: 
  • 10.1007/s11145-019-09974-3

  • Bourke, L., & Yates, A. (2020). Anxiety, planning stategies and the development of argumentation in academic writing. Educational Futures (BESA) [online] available at
    Sharp, G., Bourke, L., & Rickard, M. (2020). Review of emotional intelligence in health care: an introduction to emotional intelligence for surgeons. ANZ Journal of Surgery. 
  • DOI: 
  • 10.1111/ans.15671

  • Bourke, L. (2018). Reading, writing and dyslexia: Understanding the myths, supporting education. In C. O'Siochru (Ed) Psychology and the Study of Education: Critical Perspectives on Developing Theories. Routledge.
    Davies, S., & Bourke, L. (2017). Crossing over cultures. In C. Wakefield & S. Watt (Eds) Teaching visual methods in the social sciences. Routledge.

    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