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Professor Joe Elliott

Professor & Principal of Collingwood College

Professor & Principal of Collingwood College in the School of Education+44 (0) 191 33 45011
Principal of Collingwood College+44 (0) 191 33 45011


Julian (Joe) Elliott joined Durham University in 2004 from the University of Sunderland where he was Acting Dean of the School of Education and Lifelong Learning. Prof. Elliott taught in mainstream and special schools prior to practising as an LEA educational psychologist.
A Chartered Psychologist and Fellow of the British Psychological Society, he is registered to engage in clinical practice as an educational psychologist by the Health Professions Council. He is an Academician of the Academy of Social Sciences and a member of the REF 2014 Education Panel.
His research and teaching interests include dyslexia, achievement motivation, working memory difficulties, SEN, behaviour management, cognitive education, and psychological assessment. His research involves ongoing collaborations with partners in Europe, the United States, Asia and Australia.

The Dyslexia Debate, 2014

The Dyslexia Debate: Book Flyer (flyer)
The Dyslexia Debate: Research Briefing (Briefing)
The Dyslexia Debate: Book Launch Conferences April 22/23/24, 2014 (Conferences)
Conference: The End of Dyslexia in Higher Education? May 7, 2014 (Advert)

Joe is a member of the Physical Wellbeing in Schools project. For further information, please see

Completed Supervisions (since 2008)

Developing Children's Cognitive Functions and Increasing Learning Effectiveness: An Intervention Using the Bright Start Cognitive Curriculum for Young Children

An application of the Triarchic Theory of Intelligence to students of English in a Taiwanese university: Reflections of an action researcher

Learning Patterns of Engineering Students in a Singapore Tertiary Education Context and the Implications for Continuing Education in the Field of Engineering

Research interests

  • Reading Disability/ Dyslexia
  • Behaviour Problems in Children
  • Cross-cultural influences in Learning and Behaviour

Esteem Indicators

  • 2006: Keynote presentation: Invitation to give the Ruth Wong Memorial Lecture at the 2006 Annual Conference at the Singapore Educational Research Association
  • 2005: Interview by Interviewed on work in achievement motivation by, the world's leading education website.
  • 2004: Sabbatical at Yale University: Invited by Professor Robert Sternberg to take up a sabbatical at Yale University in 2004. Has been an Affiliate of the Center for the Psychology of Abilities, Competencies and Expertise at Yale, and latterly, Tufts, since then. Collaborating and publishing with Professor Sternberg and his team on several projects.
  • 2003: IACEP: President of the International Association for Cognitive Education and Psychology (2003-2005)
  • 2000: Channel 4 documentary on Dyslexia: Following publication of book examining work with children with SEN, was invited to take a significant part in a Channel 4 documentary on dyslexia. Was intervied extensively in the national media and attracted considerable international interest. Asked to write an article on the topic for Education Canada and invited to Northern Ireland to give a seminar to the CCEA
  • 2000: Presentations on work: Invited to present on work in two different research areas; achievement motivation and dynamic assessment, at many leading world universities including Yale (twice), Brown, Tennessee (Knoxville), Moscow State, Hertzen (St. Petersburg), Sydney & Geneva as well as several in the UK (Cambridge, Birmingham & Stirling).
  • 2000: Editorial Boards: Member of Editorial Boards of:British Educational REsearch Journal (twice during the period)Comparative EducationEducational and Child PsychologyBritish Journal of Special Education and Support for Learning


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