Dr Ellie Willard
Dr Willard's research interests centre around educational, developmental and cognitive psychology. Eleanor is the course manager for the onsite and distance learning masters conversion course.
Eleanor's main research interests are in developmental and cognitive psychology, focused predominantly on adolescence. At Leeds Beckett she has, amongst other topics, taught developmental and cognitive psychology to post graduate level and introductory psychology to undergraduate speech and language students. She also delivers the Learning Together course with undergraduates, prison students and prison staff at HMP Full Sutton.
Dr Willard teaches on both the undergraduate and masters courses (onsite and online) within psychology. Modules include educational psychology and delivery on developmental and cognitive psychology. She is involved in delivering sessions on Psychology to many groups outside of the university with the aim of widening participation in Higher Education. This includes Learning Together teaching at HMP Full Sutton.
Eleanor's PhD research was entitled ‘Perspectives of Dyscalculia: Findings from Secondary Aged Children’. The work looked at students who struggle with processing numerical information and examined the psychological effects this has on them. She is keen to raise awareness of processing difficulties in mathematics in the research community and beyond.
Her research following her PhD has extended to examining the use of emoticons in social media by individuals with autistic spectrum disorder, the use of expressive writing as a therapeutic technique, widening participation and delivery of successful online learning . She also has research interests in mathematics anxiety and resilience.
Willard EF (2019) Boosting Prospects: Remote Work Experience with Post 16 Students Transitioning to Psychology at University. Psychology Teaching Review, (25.1),
Zammit M; Willard EF (2019) The application of psychological theory to enrich the experience of online learners on a developmental psychology module?. Psychology Teaching Review, 25 (1),
Willard EF (2016) Using Q methodology to investigate perspectives of secondary school children presenting with number processing difficulties. Debate British Psychological Society Publication, 160