Dr Nichola Stuart

Associate Researcher in Psychology

Department of Psychology, Health and Professional Development

Nichola Stuart


Nichola has a BA in Philosophy (UCL), BSc in Psychology (Birkbeck), MA in Linguistics (UCL) and PhD in Psycholinguistics (UCL).  Nichola started her academic career at UCL before moving to Oxford Brookes in 2013, having also worked for Dyslexia Action.  She was a Senior Lecturer in Psychology and the Subject Coordinator for the BSc (Hons) Psychology programme until 2023.  Nichola taught on a range of undergraduate and postgraduate modules, mainly in language and literacy and has an interest in neurodevelopmental disorders, including Dyslexia, Developmental Language Disorder and Developmental Coordination Disorder.  Since leaving Oxford Brookes she is continuing to work with Professor Anna Barnett on research projects involving the development and evaluation of assessment tools.

Areas of expertise

  • Language and literacy development

  • Developmental assessment


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