Dr James Birchwood

School of Education
Academic and Professional Tutor in Educational and Child Psychology

Contact details

School of Education
University of Birmingham
Edgbaston, Birmingham
B15 2TT, United Kingdom

James is an Academic and Professional Tutor on the Educational Psychology doctoral training course. In addition to this role, James is a practicing Educational Psychologist working in a West Midlands Local Authority and is also a Regional Tutor on the MA Inclusion (Social, Emotional Behavioural Difficulties) distance learning degree in the School of Education.


  • AppEdChPsyD – University of Birmingham (2013)
  • PhD (Psychology) – University of Wales, Bangor (2010)
  • MSc (Psychological Research) – University of Wales, Bangor (2005)
  • BSc (Psychology) – University of Wales, Bangor (2004)


He spent 9 years studying in the School of Psychology at the University of Wales, Bangor, completing his BSc, MSc, and PhD. James’s PhD looked at the relationship between ADHD symptoms and academic performance. 

Following completion of his PhD, James gained a place on the Applied Educational and Child Psychology Doctorate course at the University of Birmingham, graduating in 2013. James’s doctoral research focused on the mental health of young people who have been excluded from school. Since qualifying, he has been working as an Educational Psychologist in a West Midlands Local Authority, before commencing his role as Academic and Professional Tutor on the Educational Psychology doctoral training course in October 2018. 

James has a long-standing interest in supporting and promoting the mental health of children and adolescents.

Doctoral research

PhD title
PhD thesis title: ADHD symptoms and academic performance in adolescents AppEdChPsyD thesis title: An investigation of the relationship between disruptive behaviour and depressive symptoms in young people who attend Pupil Referral Units


Birchwood, J., & Daley, D. (2012). Brief report: the impact of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder symptoms on academic performance in an adolescent community sample. Journal of Adolescence, 35, 225-231. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.adolescence.2010.08.011 

Daley, D. & Birchwood, J. (2010). ADHD and academic performance: why does ADHD impact on academic performance and what can be done to support ADHD children in the classroom? Child: Care, Health and Development, 36(4), 455-464. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2214.2009.01046.x

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