Professor Jackie Blissett (co-director)

Psychology of childhood eating behaviour 

Understanding developmental psychology of children's eating behaviour: obesity, fussiness, tailored interventions 


Professor Gavin Woodhall (co-director) 

Causes of childhood epilepsy 

Understanding how epilepsy becomes established: circuits, synapses and molecules. 



Dr Georgie Agar

Sleep in rare genetic syndromes 

Understanding sleep in rare genetic syndromes, autism and intellectual disability: methodology development, intervention, caregiver support.


Dr Felix Chan

Understanding what feeds our brain energy in childhood brain disorders

What metabolic pathways and substrates drive our brain activity with a focus on understanding metabolism in epilepsy.



Dr Katie Chisholm

Youth mental health and resilience     

Development of interventions to promote mental health in young people: risk, resilience, psychosis


Professor Claire Farrow 

Psychology of childhood eating behaviour   

Understanding children's eating: novel foods, digital interventions, mealtime communication


Dr Stuart Greenhill     

Experience-dependent brain development     

Critical developmental periods in psychiatric and neurological conditions: epilepsy, schizophrenia, sleep


Dr Dan Griffiths-King

Magnetic Resonance Imaging in paediatric neurodevelopment

Application of MRI technology to paediatric traumatic brain injury


Dr Gemma Heath

Developing interventions for children and young people    

Applying qualitative methods to the development of psychological interventions: children, families, parents


Dr Megan Jarman     

Dietary patterns in early childhood     

Complex systems modeling of children's food and nutrition environments: epidemiology, agent-based modelling, diet


Dr Rebecca Knibb    

Psychology of food allergy     

Understanding children's and families to experiences of food allergy: quality of life, stress, anxiety and coping strategies


Dr Michael Larkin    

Understanding children & family experiences     

Bringing the views of children, families and services together to inform interventions: psychosis, anxiety, coping strategies


Professor Nicola Logan     

Paediatric myopia     

Understanding the development, progression and management of myopia in children: clinical trials & laboratory experimentation


Professor Afzal Mohammed    

Paediatric pharmacy     

Developing acceptable oral drug formulations for children: partical engineering, drug formulation, stability


Dr Jan Novak    

Magnetic Resonance Imaging in brain pathology    

Application of MRI technology to the understanding of traumatic brain injury and brain cancers in children


Professor Stefano Seri (Emeritus)

Clinical neurophysiology and developmental neuropsychiatry    

Understanding paediatric epilepsy using neuroimaging


Dr Laura Shapiro     

Language and literacy development     

Causes and consequences of children's literacy development: reading, practice, policy


Dr Rachel Shaw     

Health, illness and wellbeing experiences     

Wellbeing in children, families and the services that support them: decision-making, long-term conditions, professional practice


Professor Joel Talcott    

Development of cognition and language     

Understanding the genetics and environmental influences on neurodevelopment: dyslexia, ADHD, transdiagnostic approaches.


Dr Joanne Tarver     

Mental health in autism and intellectual disability    

Development of assessment tools and parent support programs: autism, intellectual disability, neurodevelopment


Dr Jane Waite     

Mental health in rare genetic syndromes     

Understanding the the development of mental health difficulties in people with intellectual disabilities and neurodevelopmental disorders: autism, assessment tools, interventions


Professor Evangeline Wassmer (Clinical Director)

Paediatric neurology    

Understanding autoimmune brain disease: encephalitis, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy


Dr Caroline Witton 

Magnetoencephalography in sensory processing     

Understanding sensory processing in healthy development, neurodevelopmental and clinical disorders: traumatic brain injury, epilepsy, psychophysics


Professor Amanda Wood (Honorary)

Neuroimaging and neuropsychology in neurodevelopment     

Understanding the consequences and mechanisms of early life brain injury on long term child outcomes


Dr Sukhvir Wright 

Neuroimmunological disease of childhood    

Understanding autoimmune brain disease: encephalitis, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy


Dr Johanna Zumer     

Neuroimaging in ADHD & autism    

Understanding visual attention and perception in ADHD and autism



Affiliate Members: 

Dr Matt Buckley 

Spatial cognition and navigation

Understanding spatial cognition and navigation in typical and atypical neurodevelopment


Dr Sarah Carrington

Autism diagnostic pathways

Understanding diagnostic processes and criteria in autism: Diagnostic methods, DSM-V, DISCO


Dr Doug Caruana

Environmental influence on development of brain function

Understanding plasticity in the adolescent brain: Caffeine, dopamine, memory


Dr Antonio Fratini

Biomedical engineering in improving quality of life and clinical outcomes. 

Use of proprioceptive stimulation (Whole Body and Focal Vibration) in healthy and pathological subjects with regards to motor functions and balance control.


Dr Amanda Hall

Causes and impact of childhood hearing loss

Understanding the impact of shared decision making on audiology health services


Dr Craig Hedge

Developing reliable and meaningful measures of cognition

Understanding differences between cognitive control and decision making in the lab and in real life: eye tracking, cognitive modelling, neuroimaging


Dr Gemma Mansell

Intervention design and analysis

Applying mediational analysis in design and evaluation of intervention mechanisms relevant to CYP/service development: statistics, design, analysis


Dr Charlotte Pennington

Addictive behaviours and social cognition

Understanding socio-cognitive predictors of the development of addictive behaviours: alcohol, gaming, adolescence.


Dr James Reynolds 

Public health

Understanding public support for health related policy: eating behaviour, schools, canteens policy and behaviour


Dr Andrew Schofield 

Visual perception: depth and texture

Understanding the development of depth and texture perception in typical and atypical neurodevelopment


Dr Dan Shaw

Magnetic resonance Imaging in social cognition

Understanding perspective taking and empathy in typical and atypical development


Dr Boubker Zaaimi

Neurophysiology of motor control    

Understanding the development of motor control in typical and atypical neurodevelopment

Boubker Zaimi