Dr Nichola Stuart

Associate Researcher in Psychology

Department of Psychology, Health and Professional Development

Nichola Stuart


Nichola is a Senior Lecturer at Oxford Brookes University in the Centre for Psychological Research.  She is the Subject Coordinator for the BSc (Hons) Psychology programme and teaches on a range of undergraduate modules, mainly in the area of language and literacy and has an interest in neurodevelopmental disorders, including Dyslexia, Developmental Language Disorder and Developmental Coordination Disorder.

Areas of expertise

  • Language and literacy development
  • Developmental assessment

Teaching and supervision


Modules taught

Undergraduate modules:

  • Memory and Language (Module Leader)
  • Developmental Psychology (Module Leader)
  • Understanding Developmental Disorders
  • Topics in Developmental Psychology
  • Psychology Project

Postgraduate modules:

  • Social and Cognitive Development
  • Psychology Project

Research Students

Name Thesis title Completed
Teresa Joyce Executive Function in children with and without Developmental Coordination Disorder 2021


Nichola has a BA (Hons) in Philosophy from University College London, a BSc (Hons) in Psychology from Birkbeck College and a MA in Linguistics and PhD in Psycholinguistics from University College London. Nichola is also a qualified BPS assessor and previously worked for Dyslexia Action.  She has an interest in assessment and is working with colleagues on the identification and development of tools to assist practitioners working in Higher Education, mostly recently on the development of the Writing Quality Scale. She also worked with the international test publisher, Hogrefe Ltd. to produce a UK adaptation of The Intelligence and Development Scales - 2nd Edition (IDS-2).


  • Research Excellence Award - Written Composition and Typing Speed Assessment Tools (Ref: 1155 - A310207)

Research projects

  • UK Standardisation of the Intelligence & Development Scales (IDS-2)

Centres and institutes



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Professional information

Memberships of professional bodies

  • CPsychol AFBPsS, British Psychological Society
  • Fellow, Higher Education Academy
  • Certificate of Competence in Educational Testing
  • Included in the British Psychological Society's Register of Qualifications in Test Use