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Our People

Our members and connections span many areas of research and experience, within and beyond Durham University.


Name Department
Professor Deborah Riby  Department of Psychology 
Dr Mary Hanley Department of Psychology

Core Academic Members

Name Department
Dr Ben Alderson-Day Department of Psychology
Professor Steven Bradley Department of Computer Science
Professor Joe Elliott Department of Education
Dr Elizabeth Evans Department of Psychology
Dr Louise Gascoine Department of Education
Dr Patrick Jachyra Department of Sport and Exercise Sciences
Dr Haemy Lee-Masson Department of Psychology
Dr Keren Maclennan Department of Psychology
Dr Amy Pearson Department of Psychology
Dr Nicole Renehan Department of Sociology
Dr Aloka Rudra Department of Psychology
Dr Nikki Rutter Department of Sociology
Professor Peter Tymms Department of Education
Dr Jingyun Wan Department of Computer Science

Core Academic Members (External) 

Name Affiliation
Professor Jacqui Rodgers Institute of Neuroscience, Newcastle University
Dr Hayley Crawford Centre for Psychology, Behaviour & Achievement, Coventry University
Dr Katie Cebula Moray House School of Education, Edinburgh University
Dr Sinead Rhodes  Salvesen Mindroom Centre, Edinburgh University
Professor Gaia Scerif  Attention, Brian & Cognitive Development Unit, Oxford University

Professor Richard Hastings 

Centre for Educational Development, Appraisal and Research; Warwick University
Professor Emily Farran School of Psychology, Development, Education, Learning and Outreach in Psychology (DevELOP) Research Group; University of Surrey
Dr Emily McDougal Salvesen Mindroom Research Centre, University of Edinburgh
Dr Jo Van Herwegen Centre for Educating Policy and Equalising Opportunities, UCL
Dr Emine Gurbuz Centre for Interaction, Developmental and Diversity; University of Portsmouth
Dr Atsushi Senju Centre for Brain and Cognitive Development, Birbeck University
Professor Sue Leekam Centre for Human Developmental Science, Cardiff University

Postgraduate Research Students & Research Staff

Name Department
Sibel Akbiyik  Department of Psychology
Harriet Axbey  Department of Education
Chloe Fielding Department of Psychology
Charlie Greenall Department of Psychology

Gemma Herbert

Department of Psychology
Jess Hirst Department of Psychology
James MacLeod Department of Psychology
Em Richardson Newcastle university
Dora Sadler Department of Psychology
Rhys Proud Department of Psychology

Other partners and affiliates 

Non-Academic Partners 

Name Affiliation
Lizzie Hurst CEO of the Williams Syndrome Foundation UK
John Phillipson CEO of the North East Autism Society
Andy Lloyd  Centre for Life, Newcastle
Ella West Eric Knows 

Affiliated Practitioners 

Name Affiliation
Dr Laura Gray  Educational Psychologist
Tom Nicholson  Mental Health Nurse, Tyne & Wear NHS Foundation Trust
Dr Janet Crawford  Strategic Manager, Specialist Inclusion Support and Principal Educational Psychologist for Durham County Council

International Affiliated Members / Collaborators 

Name Affiliation
Professor Kim Cornish Director, Monash Institute of Cognitive and Clinical Neurosciences, Australia
Professor Olivier Pascalis Director, Baby Lab; Baby Psychology & Neurocognition, Grenoble University, France
Professor Mikle South College of Family, Home & Social Sciences, Brigham Young University, USA
Dr Masahiro Hirai  Nagaya University, Japan
Dr Kosuke Asada Hakuoh University, Japan
Dr Marisa Fisher Dept. of Counselling, Educational Psychology, & Special Education, Michigan State