Dr Joni Holmes

Dr Joni Holmes

BSc PhD MBPsS

Joni is a Senior Scientist at the MRC Cognition & Brain Sciences Unit. Her research focusses on understanding the cognitive and neural factors that predispose children to learning difficulties, with a view to developing new, targeted interventions tailored to the specific needs of individual children.

Dr Joni Holmes

Joni has a first class honours degree and PhD in Psychology, both awarded by Durham University. Following her PhD, Joni held a lectureship in Psychology at Leeds Metropolitan University, a postdoctoral position at the University of York and a Senior Lectureship in Psychology at Northumbria University from which she took an ESRC-funded research sabbatical to the University of York. Joni joined the MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit in 2011 where she now runs the Centre for Attention Learning and Memory – a research clinic aiming to understand and remediate learning difficulties. Joni is a member of the British Psychological Society and the Experimental Psychology Society, and a Fellow at Wolfson College, University of Cambridge, in addition to several other positions:

  • Head of the Centre for Attention, Learning and Memory, MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit, University of Cambridge
  • Member of the Scientific Advisory committee for Downs Syndrome Education
  • Editor for Memory
  • Associate Editor for Journal of Experimental Child Psychology

Research Interests

Joni’s research focusses on the causes and remediation of learning and mental health problems in childhood. She is currently running a paediatric research clinic, the Centre for Attention Learning and Memory (CALM), which adopts a transdiagnostic approach to understanding the cognitive, neural and genetic dimensions of broad-ranging learning difficulties. Her current projects focus on understanding the common and distinct dimensions of mental health and learning difficulties in developmentally at-risk groups. To do this, she is applying a range of data-driven methods to identify core dimensions and links between multiple levels from neurobiology to behaviour. Joni frequently speaks at national and international academic conferences, and also at workshops and training days for educational and health practitioners. The CALM clinic provides free resources for professionals supporting struggling learners.