Biography

I read Biology and Biochemistry at Keele University, earning a BSc (Dual Hons) degree. My PhD research was on detecting genes for Developmental Dyslexia (DD) at Cardiff University and led to publications identifying genes for DD. During my postdoctoral work, I continued my work on the genetic basis of reading, working in the Department of Pediatrics at Yale University. Here, my research focused on the relationships between genetic polymorphisms, behavioural and cognitive phenotype data and neuroimaging data, including fMRI.

After gaining qualified teacher status, I was Deputy Head of the Science Faculty in a high school and worked for AQA as an associate examiner for A level Biology.

I now work in the School of Medicine and am involved with the psychometric analysis of assessment and admissions data, along with conducting research. My research interests lie in the areas of values-based recruitment of medical students, standard setting for examinations, examiner calibration and adjustment, numeracy skill in applicants to, and students of, medicine, and identifying student flight paths through the medicine course. I sit on the Faculty of Health Research Ethics Committee.

I teach on the Master's in Medical Education programme, leading modules on the theoretical aspects of assessment, and designing and delivering assessment in healthcare settings.

Research and scholarship

  • Values based recruitment of medical students
  • Standard setting for examinations
  • Examiner calibration and adjustment
  • Numeracy skill in applicants to, and students of, medicine
  • Identifying student flight paths through the medicine course

Selected Publications

  • Cope N, Eicher JD, Meng H, Gibson CJ, Hager K, Lacadie C, Fulbright RK, Constable RT, Page GP, Gruen JR. 2012. Variants in the DYX2 locus are associated with altered brain activation in reading-related brain regions in subjects with reading disability. NeuroImage, 148-156, vol. 63(1). doi>
  • Meda SA, Gelernter J, Gruen JR, Calhoun VD, Meng H, Cope NA, Pearlson GD. 2008. Polymorphism of DCDC2 Reveals Differences in Cortical Morphology of Healthy Individuals—A Preliminary Voxel Based Morphometry Study. Brain Imaging and Behavior, 21-26, vol. 2(1). doi>
  • Cope N, Harold D, Hill G, Moskvina V, Stevenson J, Holmans P, Owen MJ, O’Donovan MC, Williams J. 2005. Strong Evidence That KIAA0319 on Chromosome 6p Is a Susceptibility Gene for Developmental Dyslexia. The American Journal of Human Genetics, 581-591, vol. 76(4). doi>
  • Cope NA, Hill G, van den Bree M, Harold D, Moskvina V, Green EK, Owen MJ, Williams J, O'Donovan MC. 2005. No support for association between Dyslexia Susceptibility 1 Candidate 1 and developmental dyslexia. Molecular Psychiatry, 237-238, vol. 10(3). doi>
  • Yeates P, McCray G, Moult A, Cope N, Fuller R, McKinley R. 2022. Determining the influence of different linking patterns on the stability of students' score adjustments produced using Video-based Examiner Score Comparison and Adjustment (VESCA). BMC Med Educ, 41, vol. 22(1). link> doi> full text>

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Journal Articles

  • Yeates P, McCray G, Moult A, Cope N, Fuller R, McKinley R. 2022. Determining the influence of different linking patterns on the stability of students' score adjustments produced using Video-based Examiner Score Comparison and Adjustment (VESCA). BMC Med Educ, 41, vol. 22(1). link> doi> full text>
  • Yeates P, Moult A, Cope N, McCray G, Fuller R, McKinley R. 2022. Determining influence, interaction and causality of contrast and sequence effects in objective structured clinical exams. Med Educ, 292-302, vol. 56(3). link> doi> full text>
  • Yeates P, Moult A, Cope N, Mccray G, Cilas E, Lovelock T, Vaughan N, Daw D, Fuller R, McKinley R. 2021. Measuring the impact of examiner variability in a multiple-circuit Objective Structured Clinical Exam (OSCE). Academic Medicine. doi> full text>
  • Yeates P, Cope N, Luksaite E, Hassell A, Dikomitis L. 2019. Exploring differences in individual and group judgements in standard setting. Med Educ, 941-952, vol. 53(9). link> doi> full text>
  • Yeates P, Cope N, Hawarden A, Bradshaw H, McCray G, Homer M. 2019. Developing a video-based method to compare and adjust examiner effects in fully nested OSCEs. Med Educ, 250-263, vol. 53(3). link> doi> full text>
  • Cope N, Eicher JD, Meng H, Gibson CJ, Hager K, Lacadie C, Fulbright RK, Constable RT, Page GP, Gruen JR. 2012. Variants in the DYX2 locus are associated with altered brain activation in reading-related brain regions in subjects with reading disability. NeuroImage, 148-156, vol. 63(1). doi>
  • Marino C, Meng H, Mascheretti S, Rusconi M, Cope N, Giorda R, Molteni M, Gruen JR. 2012. DCDC2 genetic variants and susceptibility to developmental dyslexia. Psychiatric Genetics, 25-30, vol. 22(1). doi>
  • Meng H, Powers NR, Tang L, Cope NA, Zhang P-X, Fuleihan R, Gibson C, Page GP, Gruen JR. 2011. A Dyslexia-Associated Variant in DCDC2 Changes Gene Expression. Behavior Genetics, 58-66, vol. 41(1). doi>
  • Meda SA, Gelernter J, Gruen JR, Calhoun VD, Meng H, Cope NA, Pearlson GD. 2008. Polymorphism of DCDC2 Reveals Differences in Cortical Morphology of Healthy Individuals—A Preliminary Voxel Based Morphometry Study. Brain Imaging and Behavior, 21-26, vol. 2(1). doi>
  • Harold D, Paracchini S, Scerri T, Dennis M, Cope N, Hill G, Moskvina V, Walter J, Richardson AJ, Owen MJ, Stein JF, Green ED, O'Donovan MC, Williams J, Monaco AP. 2006. Linkage disequilibrium structure of KIAA0319 and DCDC2, two candidate susceptibility genes for developmental dyslexia. Molecular Psychiatry, 1061, vol. 11(12). doi>
  • Harold D, Paracchini S, Scerri T, Dennis M, Cope N, Hill G, Moskvina V, Walter J, Richardson AJ, Owen MJ, Stein JF, Green ED, O'Donovan MC, Williams J, Monaco AP. 2006. Further evidence that the KIAA0319 gene confers susceptibility to developmental dyslexia. Molecular Psychiatry, 1085-1091, vol. 11(12). doi>
  • Cope N, Harold D, Hill G, Moskvina V, Stevenson J, Holmans P, Owen MJ, O’Donovan MC, Williams J. 2005. Strong Evidence That KIAA0319 on Chromosome 6p Is a Susceptibility Gene for Developmental Dyslexia. The American Journal of Human Genetics, 581-591, vol. 76(4). doi>
  • Cope NA, Hill G, van den Bree M, Harold D, Moskvina V, Green EK, Owen MJ, Williams J, O'Donovan MC. 2005. No support for association between Dyslexia Susceptibility 1 Candidate 1 and developmental dyslexia. Molecular Psychiatry, 237-238, vol. 10(3). doi>

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