Donna Bayliss

Dr, BSc PhD W'gong

  • The University of Western Australia (M304), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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Personal profile


I completed my undergraduate and postgraduate degrees at the University of Wollongong. I then went to the University of Bristol to work as a post-doc with Professor Chris Jarrold and Professor Alan Baddeley. I then took up my current position at UWA.

Previous positions

Senior Lecturer, School of Psychological Science, University of Western Australia, WA, 2016-current.

Lecturer, School of Psychology, University of Western Australia, WA, Australia, 2005-2016

Post-Doctoral Research Associate, Department of Experimental Psychology, University of Bristol, UK, 2001-2004

Roles and responsibilities

Board of the Graduate Research School

Graduate Research Coordinator

Unit Coordinator PSYC2213 Lifesan Development


The development of working memory in typical and atypical populations and its relationship to higher-level cognitive performance and educational achievement.

The importance of attention regulation and memory consolidation for learning.

The effectiveness of working memory training.

The developmental trajectory of trust and social vulnerability in children, including the cognitive underpinnings that are associated with social vulnerability and the social consequences of social vulnerability.

The relationship between educational and mental health outcomes for Western Australian children and the developmental pathways to educational achievement in Western Australian children.

Funding overview

Ecker, U.Lewandowsky, S.Bayliss, D., Jarrold, C., Farrell, S., Cook, J., Brooks, J., Thai, J. & Briscoe, J. (2014). Memory Models and Neuroimaging. WUN Research Collaboration Award. The University of Western Australia


Reid, C., Anderson, M., Campbell, C., Bayliss, D., & Fox, A. (2012). Untangling the neurodevelopmental aetiologies and sequalae of prenatal risk, illness and injury in childhood. Telethon Seven Trust.

Bayliss, D. M. & Jarrold, C. ‘Memory consolidation and educational achievement in children’, Australian Research Council, Discovery Project, $150k. 2009-2011.

Lewandowsky, S., Maybery, M., Bayliss, D. M., Jarrold, C., Farrell, S., Brown, G., & Oberauer, K. (2009) ‘Binding and Time: Two Fundamental Attributes of Memory.’, UWA Research Collaboration Award, $10k, 2009-2011.

Hopkins, S. & Bayliss, D. M. ‘Retrieval problems and the effectiveness of interventions: Bridging the gap between practice and research in mathematics education reform.’ Spencer Foundation, USA, Research Grant, $34k, 2007-2008.

Bayliss, D. M. & Jarrold, C. ‘Working memory and cognitive performance: An investigation of the importance of memory consolidation’, UWA Research Grants Scheme, $27k, 2006-2007.

Bayliss, D. M. & Jarrold C. ‘Variation in forgetting rates in working memory: An emergent executive function?’. ESRC Small Research Grant. £39k, March-December 2004.

Teaching overview

2019-2023: PSYC2213 - Psychology: Lifespan Development

2022: PSYC3308 -  Psychology: Atypical Development

2018 - 2021: PSYC3310 - Specialist Research Topics

2018 - 2023: PSYC4422 - Honours Thesis Supervision


2022: Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Community engagement

2023:  STAWA Psychology Teachers Convention (Conference Organiser).

2022 & 2023:   All Saints College Activity Day (Lead Organiser and Presenter).

2021:    Consultation with School Curriculum and Standards Authority

2018:    Conoco Science Experience (Facilitator).

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Research expertise keywords

  • Cognitive development
  • Cognitive psychology
  • Developmental psychology
  • Educational psychology
  • Individual differences
  • Working memory


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