Dr James Smith-Spark
Associate Professor; Deputy Head of Psychology
Telephone:020 7815 5884
School/Division:Applied Sciences / Psychology
Dr James Smith-Spark is an Associate Professor and Deputy Head of the Division of Psychology, School of Applied Sciences. He specialises in adult cognition, with a particular interest in adults with developmental dyslexia. Prior to working at LSBU, he held research posts at the University of Manchester, University of Kent at Canterbury, and Cancer Research UK. He has a BA (First Class Honours) Psychology and PhD Psychology from the University of Sheffield.
James teaches on applied and theoretical aspects of Cognitive and Developmental Psychology.
Dr Smith-Spark is a cognitive psychologist. His research with adults with dyslexia has explored working memory, executive functions, long-term memory, and prospective memory. work has extended examined executive functioning and prospective memory in adults with dyslexia. He also has a research interest in mental time travel and has explored this ability as a predictor of eyewitness memory. He is also interested in external cognition and the way that people can offload aspects of their thinking to the environment. Research grants have seen him apply his expertise to cognition in industrial settings and also to the effects of alcohol on prospective memory.
Most recent publications
Smith-Spark, JH and Gordon, R Memory in adults with dyslexia. In: Dyslexia at university: Theoretical insights and practical solutions. De Boeck Supérieur, Brussels,
Smith-Spark, JH and Katz, HB and Wilcockson, TDW and Marchant, A Optimal approaches to the quality control checking of product labels. International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics, 68. 118-124. DOI 10.1016/j.ergon.2018.07.003
Gordon, R and Smith-Spark, JH and Newton, EJ and Henry, LA Executive function and academic achievement in primary school children: The use of task-related processing speed. Frontiers in Psychology, 9. DOI 10.3389/fpsyg.2018.00582
Smith-Spark, JH Executive functions in adults with dyslexia. In: Dyslexia at university: Theoretical insights and practical solutions. De Boeck, Brussels, Belgium,
Smith-Spark, JH Forgetting to remember to remember: Prospective memory in adults with dyslexia. Dyslexia Review, 28. 9-11.
Smith-Spark, JH A review of prospective memory impairments in developmental dyslexia: Evidence, explanations, and future directions. Clinical Neuropsychologist, DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/13854046.2017.1369571
Smith-Spark, JH and Henry, LA and Messer, DJ and Zięcik, AP Verbal and non-verbal fluency in adults with developmental dyslexia: Phonological processing or executive control problems?. Dyslexia,
Smith-Spark, JH and Zięcik, AP and Sterling, C The event-based prospective memory of adults with developmental dyslexia under naturalistic conditions. Asia Pacific Journal of Developmental Differences, 4. 17-33. DOI 10.3850/S2345734117000036
Smith-Spark, JH and Zięcik, AP and Sterling, C Adults with developmental dyslexia show selective impairments in time-based and self-initiated prospective memory: Self-report and clinical evidence.. Research in Developmental Disabilitiesl, 62. 247-258. DOI 10.1016/j.ridd.2016.12.011
Smith-Spark, JH Everyday memory in adults with dyslexia. In: DAS Handbook 2016. Dyslexia Association of Singapore, Singapore, ISBN 978-981-11-1890-6More publications at LSBU Research Open
Dr Smith-Spark is a Chartered Psychologist, an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society and a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.