Joni Holmes



Durham University (1998-2001; 2001-2005); Downham Market 6th Form (1996-1998); Methwold High School (1991-1996)


PhD in Psychology; BSc (First Class Hons.) Applied Psychology

Work History:

Senior Lecturer in Psychology (Northumbria University, 2009-2011); Postdoctoral Fellow (University of York, 2006-2009); Lecturer in Psychology (Leeds Met, 2005-2006)

Current Job:

Senior Investigator Scientist (MRC Cognition & Brain Sciences Unit, 2011-current)


Medical Research Council, Cognition & Brain Sciences Unit

My Interview

Me and my work

I am a cognitive developmental psychologist interested in understanding the processes important for learning. I focus on understanding the causes and consequences of working memory problems in the classroom and on developing targeted interventions. In my recent work I have been evaluating the benefits of “brain training” for improving working memory and associated learning difficulties.

Typical day

Most of my work is office-based, but I often travel to present my research findings to both academic and practitioner audiences in the UK and abroad. In the office, I spend a lot of time analyzing research data and writing articles for publication in academic journals and specialist practitioner magazines.

What topics do you work on?

Working memory and cognitive training

What methods do you use?

Behavioural and cognitive

Who was your favourite teacher?

Mr Taylor, my A-level English teacher