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I studied for my first degree at the University of York, and for my PhD at University College London. I worked at the University of Reading and University of Westminster before joining London South Bank University (LSBU) in 2005.
My research has focused on visuo-spatial processing in typically developing infants and in developmental disorders, including Williams syndrome, Down's syndrome, and Developmental Co-ordination Disorder. More recently I have developed research projects on adoption and looked after children, and have several funded projects on reducing the awarding gap in higher education.
Early development in genetic disorders
My research has focused on early development in genetic disorders, and how these change over time. For example, face processing, which is thought to be good in adults with Williams syndrome, appears to be impaired from very early in life. Meanwhile, attention, which is thought to be poor in Williams syndrome adults, is seen to be impaired from infancy, but not necessarily in the same way. These findings highlight the importance of investigating disorders early in life, to establish appropriate interventions.
Attention and perceptual grouping in development
In a number of papers with colleagues and PhD students, I highlight the importance of attention in development, such as in the atypical disengagement of attention in children with Developmental Co-ordination Disorder, and in the development of perceptual grouping in typically developing infants and infants with Williams syndrome.
Focussing on the impact of transitions on children who are adopted, I am developing a body of work to inform modern adoption practices.
Previous work includes projects to develop or evaluate peer mentoring and personal tutoring programmes, and more recently I have been awarded funding for several projects on reducing the awarding gap in Higher Education.
Psychology - BSc (Hons)
Psychology (Clinical Psychology) - BSc (Hons)
Psychology (Forensic Psychology) - BSc (Hons)
Psychology (Child Development) - BSc (Hons)
Psychology with Criminology - BSc (Hons)
Psychological Counselling - BSc (Hons)
Criminology with Psychology - BSc (Hons)
Postgraduate Research Supervision
|Miss Golnaz. Sara Berenjkoub||Doctoral Research Project||PhD|
|Miss Zekiye Dilem Alaca||Doctoral Research Project||PhD|
|Mrs Ekimiebi Esiri||Doctoral Research Project||PhD|
University of York
University College London
London South Bank University
|Proposal||Project||Role||Funder||Status||Status last updated|
|Investigating intervention in higher education aimed at supporting autistic learners, retention and success.||Investigating intervention in higher education aimed at supporting autistic learners, retention and success.||Co-Investigator||Nuffield Foundation||OPEN Approved for submission||Sep 2022|
Face processing in Williams syndrome is already atypical in infancy
D'Souza, D., Cole, V., Farran, E.K., Brown, J., Humphreys, K., Howard, J., Rodic, M., Dekker, T.M., D'Souza, H. and Karmiloff-Smith, A. (2015). Face processing in Williams syndrome is already atypical in infancy. Frontiers in Psychology. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2015.00760