Dr Catherine Darnell

Dr Catherine Darnell

School of Education
Research Fellow

Contact details

The Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues
School of Education
12th Floor (West) Muirhead Tower
University of Birmingham
Edgbaston, Birmingham
B15 2TT, United Kingdom

Catherine joined the Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues as a Research Fellow in September 2017. In 2010, she was awarded ESRC funding for a 1+3 years at the University of Birmingham, completing an MRes in Psychology research followed by a PhD in children’s cognitive development. Catherine’s doctoral thesis focussed on the development of children’s metacognition and the cognitive processes underpinning children’s understanding of uncertainty. Following Catherine’s PhD, she completed a postdoc for an educational and psychology consultancy investigating current teaching policy on phonics education. Prior to joining the centre Catherine worked as a teaching fellow in the School of Psychology lecturing on the modules Adolescent Mind and Brain and Introduction to Developmental Psychology.


  • PhD in Cognitive Development, University of Birmingham, Thesis: Children’s Understanding of Uncertainty
  • MRes in Psychology Research, Distinction, University of Birmingham
  • BSc Psychology (Hons), 1:1, University of Birmingham


Darnell, C.A., Solity, J. & Wall, H. (2017). Decoding the Phonics Screening Check. British Educational Research Journal, 43, 505-527.

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