Jaqueline Harvey is a PhD Intern in the Education and Skills Development research programme at the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC). Her research focuses on neuroeducation and psycholinguistics. Research in this area will assist in attaining transformation of the South African education system where inclusion remains an overarching goal. Her PhD project aims to assist the academic development and achievement of first-year online tertiary students through working memory training.
Jaqueline completed her undergraduate degrees in psychology and neurophysiology at the University of Pretoria. She holds an MA in Research Consultation from the University of South Africa. Her dissertation explored the relationship between temperament and serum serotonin concentration in migraine sufferers. Working as a postgraduate assistant at the University of South Africa, Jaqueline became interested in the throughput rate of students, which shaped her doctoral project.
She is the co-author of several journal publications and is a member of the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) as an intern psychologist.
Through her work in the Education and Skills Development programme, Jaqueline has been involved in several impact evaluations to assess the efficacy of literacy interventions both in African languages and English. She was also part of the team that analysed the South African education policies since 1994 in terms of themes, such as governance, resources, and language. Most recently, Jaqueline was a part of the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study research team both in 2015 and 2019 cycles. She is also part of the team working on projects related to promoting youth in science, and science engagement.