Dr Josephine Chen-Wilson

Senior Lecturer

Email address: j.chen-wilson@wlv.ac.uk Phone number: 01902 321348 Location: MC322 Faculty: Faculty of Education Health and Wellbeing School/Institute: Institute of Sport and Human Science Areas of expertise: Language development, children’s narratives, relationship between language development and literacy.



Having worked for different HEIs in the UK, I am experienced in programme accreditation processes.  I have taken part in various curriculum reviews and designing new modules and programmes at my current and previous employments.  My insight into the operational and quality auditing processes in higher education led to my involvements as an external panel member for the revalidation and validation of psychology degrees at University of Worcester (2007/2008) and Glamorgan University (2005/2006). I also worked as an external examiner for Undergraduate and Postgraduate Psychology Awards (2009/2010) and for Postgraduate Psychology Awards (2004-2007) at Glamorgan University.

I have continuously been exploring the use of technology to enhance students’ learning experience.  To me, the VLE is not just a repository place to drop off lecture slides. Learning activities were designed and used on the VLE to encourage students’ independent study at all levels.  I enjoy using different teaching techniques to engage students even under the constraints of lecturing large cohorts (120-250).  It was pleasing that my efforts in utilising a wide range of learning and teaching techniques have been recognised by students and the University.  I was the proud recipient of the Rising Star Teaching and Learning Awards at the University of Wolverhampton in 2006.  I have been nominated by students for the annual Student Union’s Teaching Awards at Wolverhampton (2014: Inspirational Lecturer and 2015: Cutting Edge Teaching Style). 

I was successful in obtaining a space on two recent leadership training programmes: the StL(WLV) and Aurora programme in 2015.  I am currently going through the Aurora training with the Leadership Foundation.  I am also part of the Athena SWAN Self-Assessment Team for Psychology’s application to the Silver Award.  

Research interests

Research Interests

There are two main research strands in my research activities: impacts of children’s various language skills on their reading comprehension and literacy and the development of reasoning and thinking.  I collaborate with Dr Gaby Silva-Maceda at Universidad Autonoma de San Luis Potosi (UASLP), Mexico on the relationship between language skills and literacy development.  Part of the research project was awarded £16,335 by the Department of Education, Mexico in 2015.  The findings have been presented at international conferences in Lithuania, Germany, UK and Mexico.

The research into the development of reasoning and thinking in children and adolescents focuses on reasoning biases and their relationship with wellbeing and learning.  Part of the research was supported by the BPS Undergraduate Research Assistantship Scheme in 2014.  


I have been reviewing papers for Journal of Child Language, First Language and Cyberpsychology, Behavior and Social Networking.


Current research projects 

  • Are better communicators better readers?
  • How do children talk about emotions in narratives?

Membership of professional bodies

Fellow of Higher Education Academy

Chartered Psychologist 

Member of British Psychological Society in both Section of Developmental Psychology and Division forTeachersand Researchers in Psychology


Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education

University of Wolverhampton 


PhD in Psychology 

University of Manchester


BA (Joint Hons) Education and Psychology

University of Warwick


Diploma in Medical Technology

YuanPei Junior College of Medical Technology, Taiwan




Fullwood, C., Quinn, S., Chen-Wilson, J., Chadwick. D., & Reynolds, K. (2015). Put on a smiley face: Textspeak and personality perceptions. Cyberpsychology, Behavior and Social Networking. 18(3), 147-151. 

Chen-Wilson, C. (2005). Are better communicators better readers? Proceedings of the British Psychological Society, 13(1).

Bergin, J.B., Chen-Wilson, J., Derrer, N. and Owens, M.E. (2005). Evaluation Report: The 1st Year of Jubilee Sure Start Outreach and Family Support Team (Telford and Wrekin). Clients: Jubilee Sure Start Telford & Wrekin.

Chen-Wilson, C. (2003). Book review of Phonological Development In Specific Contexts: Studies Of Chinese-Speaking Children (Child Language and Child Development, 3) by Zhu, H. Journal of Child Language Teaching and Therapy. 19(1), pp.107-108.