Joanne is a Research Associate specialising in Reading Literacy and Assessment Development. Having contributed to many projects in the ERC, including the 2009 and 2014 National Assessments, Joanne is project manager for the 2020 National Assessments. Joanne’s principal research interests lie in the area of reading comprehension and assessment construction. In tandem with her work in the ERC, Joanne is a doctoral student at Leiden University’s Department of Education and Child studies, were she studies the cognitive basis of reading comprehension in children using large scale assessment. Joanne holds a BA in Applied Psychology from University College Cork and a Masters in Global Health from Trinity College, Dublin.