Staff Profiles

Dr Lynsey O'Rourke

Associate Researcher and Psychology Demonstrator


Faculty of Health and Life Sciences


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Lynsey's research interests lie broadly in the area of developing and maintaining reading and writing skills. Her current research focuses on understanding how the use of spellcheck impacts writing for individuals with and without dyslexia. She recently completed her PhD 'Investigating the impact of spellcheck on writing for students with and without dyslexia', supervised by Prof.Vince Connelly, Prof. Anna Barnett and Dr. Olivia Afonso (thesis submitted in August 2019, viva in December 2019).

Lynsey has been teaching on a variety of modules in the Psychology degree programme since starting her PhD and began teaching full-time in July 2019 as a Psychology Demonstrator. Lynsey has also been employed in multiple research assistant roles since 2013 and continues to contribute to research projects as a research associate. 

Prior to her research roles, Lynsey completed her Psychology Bachelors degree at Oxford Brookes in 2013 (first class, Hons). As part of this degree she completed the research project 'Extended-writing practice appears to maintain handwriting automaticity in adults' which, along with her dissertation supervisor, Prof. Vince Connelly, she published in 2014.