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.

Roles and responsibilities

Co-ordinator of PSYC3310
Deputy Director of Research (Psychology)

Future research

The relationship between sleep quality/quantity and working memory in children

Social vulnerability in children born pre-term

Funding overview

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.

Previous positions

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

Teaching overview

PSYC2213 - Lifespan Development
PSYC3310 - Psychology: Specialist Research Topics


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

The importance of memory consolidation for learning.

The effectiveness of working memory training.

The developmental trajectory of 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.

Research expertise keywords

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


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