Jim Boyle


  • United Kingdom


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Personal profile

Personal Statement

I was formerly Director of Postgraduate Professional Training in Educational Psychology at Strathclyde University and an Honorary Professor, Moray House School of Education, University of Edinburgh from 2013-15. Currently, I supervise PhD students in the Schools of Psychological Sciences and Health and Eduation and am involved in research and editorial work. I am an Associate Editor of the British Journal of Educational Psychology and a member of the Editorial Boards of Cogent Education and Frontiers in Special Educational Needs (Open Access). Before joining the University of Strathclyde, I worked as an Educational Psychologist in two local authority services for 12 years. I was awarded the 2011 prize for best research paper of the year by the International Journal of Language and Communication Disorders, and an award in 2016 from Mental Health and Physical Activity for most highly-cited research. 

Research Interests

My research interests include language impairment (both identification and intervention), the effects of computer games and exercise upon executive functions, bully-victim problems in schools and in the work-place, psychometrics, and the practice of educational psychology.

Expertise & Capabilities

I have directed large-scale externally-funded RCTs and have expertise in the analysis of cohort data, systematic review and meta-analysis and the evaluation of educational programmes. I have also co-authored and standardised published language tests and am a former member of the British Psychological Society's Committee for Test Standards.

Teaching Interests

My teaching interests include research methods, developmental psychology and the practice of educational psychology.

Education/Academic qualification

Master of Science, University of Glasgow

Bachelor of Science in Psychology, University of Glasgow

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Research Output

  • Measurement issues relevant to questionnaire data

    Hunter, S. C., Noret, N. & Boyle, J. M. E., 6 Jan 2020, (Accepted/In press) Wiley-Blackwell Handbook of Bullying. Smith, P. K. & Norman, J. O-H. (eds.). Wiley-Blackwell

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • Thesis

    Can video interaction guidance improve children's participation in group work lessons?

    Author: MCDONALD, L. J. W., 18 Sep 2015

    Supervisor: Boyle, J. (Supervisor) & Kelly, S. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis

    Developing higher-order reading skills in mainstream primary schools: a metacognitive approach

    Author: Moir, T. M., 27 Nov 2017

    Supervisor: Boyle, J. (Supervisor) & Woolfson, L. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis


  • Activities

    Educational and Child Psychology (Journal)

    Jim Boyle (Guest editor)
    1 Sep 2016

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesJournal or guest editorship

    Invited Talk: A Career in Educational Psychology

    Jim Boyle (Contributor)
    4 Feb 2016

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk


    Language gains for children with persisting developmental language disorders through use of an intervention programme and support model for teachers.

    Elspeth McCartney (Participant), Susan Ellis (Participant), Jim Boyle (Participant)

    Impact: Impact - for External PortalEducation, Professional practice, training and standards