Dr James Hall


James is a lecturer in the Graduate School of Education and a member of the Centre for Special Educational Needs and Disability.

A psychologist by training, James carries out quantitative and mixed-method research at the intersection of Educational Effectiveness and Developmental Psychology.

He is particulary interested in studies that unify these two areas; research that extends Rutter's contributions across both fields (e.g., "the Isle of Wight Studies" and, "15,000 Hours").  As a result, James studies how children's development and educational attainment are influenced by mechanisms of risk, incidents of resilience, and protective educational and social systems.  This research overlaps strongly with the work that is carried out in Exeter's Centre for Special Educational Needs and Disability - particularly children's Social Emotional Mental Health.

Before coming to Exeter, James' previous work involved:

  • Evaluating the effectiveness of a mastery-based approach for teaching mathematics in Year 1 classrooms
  • Demonstrating the impact of Sure Start Children's Centres on child and family outcomes
  • Publishing on the neurological and psychological mechanisms underpinning perinatal risks for internalising disorders
  • Investigating the potential for universal pre-school to function as an early intervention


DPhil: "The Contribution of Early Education to Vulnerable and Resilient Developmental Pathways" (Oxon)

MSc : Educational Research Design and Methodology (Oxon)

BSc : Psychology with Communications Engineering (Bath)


2016-        : Lecturer, Graduate School of Education, University of Exeter

2009-2016: Research Fellow, Department of Education, University of Oxford

2009-2011: Research Fellow, Department of Psychology, University of Warwick

2008-2009: Associate Tutor, School of Education, Oxford Brookes University


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Contact details

Tel+44 (0) 1392 724768
AddressNorth Cloisters
University of Exeter
St Luke's Campus
Heavitree Road

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