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Julia Badger

BSc (Hons) in Human Psychology. MRes in Cognitive Neuroscience. PhD in Child Development.


Research Associate

  • Oxford Risk and Resilience, Genes & Environment
  • Oxford Group for Children's Potential

Children's book to enhance complex grammar

Click on the title to see my published children's book 'Night-time Cat' (nom de plume – Julia Tedd). The book is fun and colourful but also subtly includes complex grammar structures for early exposure. Suitable for ages 0-7 years. 

My research at Oxford is split between two groups: Oxford Risk and Resilience, Genes & Environment (oRANGE), and Oxford Group for Children's Potential (OGCP).

Oxford Risk and Resilience, Genes & Environment

My research focuses on using virtual reality technologies to investigate how adolescents respond psychologically and physiologically to hostile social situations. This work assesses whether adolescents (11-16 years old) at risk of depression are more likely to exhibit hostile interpretations and heightened reactions. This forms part of a larger study into factors associated with resilience and mental health.

I am also part of a large national collaboration evaluating the effectiveness of KiVa school-based bullying programme in reducing bullying and victimisation in primary school children. 

Oxford Group for Children's Potential

My research focuses on the development and use of reasoning tests to identify children underachieving relative to their academic potential. There are a number of reasons why children may underachieve academically, such as reading or attentional difficulties; identifying and providing additional support for these children is a major focus of governmental strategies and educational policy as well as a being important for schools and parents. Reducing underachievement is a key step in school improvement and can help children improve their outcomes.

I work to develop and extend the VESPARCH (verbal and spatial reasoning for children) test as an innovative way of measuring potential. We work with children aged 7-13 in a range of schools nationally and internationally, including those with Special Educational Need status and Highly Selective schools.


VESPARCH tests

Mellanby, J., McElwee, S., & Badger, J.R. (2016).      Verbal and Spatial Reasoning for Children.                Cambridge: Cambridge Assessment.

Currently available in: English, Welsh, German, Cantonese, Spanish, Japanese

Suitable for ages 7-12

Biography

I am a Research Fellow and a Lecturer within the Department of Experimental Psychology, and the Psychology Tutor for Harris Manchester College. In 2011, I completed my PhD for which I investigated the drive behind the development of inductive reasoning in children. Following my PhD I worked as a Postdoctoral Researcher in a Family Assessment Service based at the Anna Freud Centre. Here I worked on the 'What Happened Next' project following up children who had gone through court proceedings. In 2013, I moved to Oxford.

Key publications

Recent publications

More publications

Doctoral Thesis

Badger, J.R. (2011). An investigation into children's inductive reasoning strategies: What drives the development of category induction? Available: http://eprints.aston.ac.uk/16300/


The Conversation

Badger, J.R. (2018). SATs results and why the numbers don't add up. Available: https://theconversation.com/sats-results-and-why-the-numbers-dont-add-up-96051

Upcoming publications

Svirko, E., Gabbott, E., Badger, J.R., & Mellanby, J. Is conditional sentence acquisition related to understanding the principles of scientific enquiry? (Invited resubmission)

Badger, J.R., Howarth, B., Svirko, E., & Mellanby, J. Causes of underachievement at school relative to potential (In review).