Dr Jenny Burt

Honorary Associate Professor

School of Psychology
Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences


Jenny Burt completed her PhD in associative learning in animals in 1982 at the Univeristy of NSW and was a lecturer in psychology at UQ until 2017. Her research interests are in cognitive psychology, primarily visual word identification and spelling, as well as memory and attention, especially as they relate to word processing.

Research Interests

  • Visual word identification and spelling
    The processes of word reading and the nature and acquisition of word memories that make reading and spelling possible.
  • Attention and registering events under time pressure
    Pre-conscious processing of visual items, especially words and letter strings. The processes required to achieve awareness of separate events under time pressure.

Research Impacts

My research in word reading and spelling has implications for reaidng and spelling instruction is schools, and for assessing and remediation of dyslexia. My recent work on word similarity (as a co-author on an ARC linkage projec)t has practical applciations to the procedures of brandanme registration in Australia and elsewhere.


  • BA, The University of Sydney
  • PhD (Psychology), University of New South Wales


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Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Note for students: Dr Jenny Burt is not currently available to take on new students.

Completed Supervision