Head of Department; Professor of Neurodevelopmental Disorders
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Whitehead Building, Department of Psychology
Goldsmiths, University of London,
New Cross, SE14 6NW
Summary of research:
Neurodevelopmental disorders, developmental co-ordination disorder, autism spectrum disorder, the relationship between social and motor development in typical and atypical populations, the role of alexithymia in neurodevelopmental disorders, mental health in adults with neurodevelopmental disorders, employment experiences of adults with neurodevelopmental disorders and those caring for a child with a neurodevelopmental disorder
BSc PhD CPsychol
Much of my research has been funded through small grants from a variety of organisations as well as larger grants and through unfunded work in collaboration with a range of individuals and organisations including The British Academy, The Royal Society, ESRC, The Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities, Prospects Employment Agency, The Wellcome Trust and the Experimental Psychology Society. I have been working with the Progress Educational Trust on the Spectrum of Opinion project (funded by The Wellcome Trust; see http://www.progress.org.uk/page_58324.asp) in which we have developed materials aimed at raising awareness of issues relating to genes, autism and psychological spectrum disorders (see http://www.progress.org.uk/page_58594.asp). We are also working with the BASIS team (http://www.basisnetwork.org/)to investigate the relationships between early motor development and social outcomes. I am involved in part of the work funded by a large grant awarded by the European Research Council to Dr. Andy Bremner (http://www.gold.ac.uk/psychology/staff/bremner/), and I am working with the Dr Antonia Hamilton's lab (http://www.antoniahamilton.com/) at the University of Nottingham on a project investigating the underlying cognitive causes of autism and dyspraxia.
Sample grants awarded:
Hill, E.L. The role of motor abilities in the development of typical and atypical social behaviour. The Leverhulme Trust (2013-2016).
Crane, L., Goddard, L. Henry, L. & Hill, E.L. Experiences of receiving and communicating a diagnosis of autism: Perspectives of adults, parents and practitioners. The British Academy (2012-2013).
Henry, L., Leonard, H.C. & Hill, E.L. Executive functioning in children with Developmental Coordination Disorder. The Waterloo Foundation (2012-2014).
Hamilton, A. & Hill, E.L. Autism and dyspraxia: A common cognitive cause? The Waterloo Foundation (2011-2013).
Kirby, A. & Hill, E.L. Employment in adults with Developmental Coordination Disorder. The Waterloo Foundation (2011-2012).
Hill, E.L. The impact of motor development on social and educational outcomes in early childhood: a pilot study. The Nuffield Foundation (2011).
Hill, E.L. Evaluating the relationship between the development of motor skills and social behaviour: A prospective study. The British Academy (2010-2011).
Hill, E.L. DCD as a translational impairment. The Experimental Psychology Society (2009-2010).
Hill, E.L. The Autism & Employment Study. The Wellcome Trust (2007).
Custance, D., Heaton, P. & Hill, E.L. Object-directed motor imitation in children with autism. ESRC (2007).
Hill, E.L. & Bremner, A. Cross-modal representations of visual/tactual space in typical children and children with developmental coordination disorder. The British Academy (2006–2007).
Hill, E.L. & Bremner, A. Cross-modal representations of visual/tactual space in typical children and children with developmental coordination disorder. University of London, Central Research Fund (2006–2007).
Hill, E.L. Defining the pattern of cognitive function and dysfunction in neurodevelopmental disorders Royal Society Research Grant (2004–2005).
I am a member of the committee of ISR-DCD-UK (http://psych.brookes.ac.uk/isrdcd/) and a founding member of Movement Matters UK (http://www.movementmattersuk.org/), an umbrella organisation involved in informing policy makers, producing dissemination materials and other issues relating to those with movement disorders in the UK. With Movement Matters, I have been involved in developing European Guidelines for clinical/educational issues relating to the diagnosis, assessment and remediation of developmental coordination disorder (http://www.eacd.org/publications.php) to the UK context, a consensus process involving a wide range of professions. I am also involved in providing guidance for adults with DCD and those supporting them.
You can listen to / watch discussion of some of our recent work, including broader issues relating to developmental coordination disorder (DCD) by clicking on the links below:
Podcast Academy interview by Adam Smith focusing on a mini-intervention study using the Wii with children with movement difficulties: http://podacademy.org/podcasts/can-nintendo-wii-help-children-with-coordination-difficulties/
Podcast Academy interview by Adam Smith focusing on the dilemmas involved in conducting intervention studies: http://podacademy.org/2013/uncategorized/are-researchers-who-take-corporate-funding-selling-out/
Reuters video piece focusing on the use of the Wii Fit to support children with DCD:
My research concerns cognitive dysfunction across and within neurodevelopmental disorders. Overall, my research has both theoretical and applied (educational and clinical) aims and benefits. My work falls into the following strands:
Interested in participating in my research?
**NEW** The Movers & Shakers Study
Researchers in my lab are investigating the role on motor development of having an older sibling. This study will last for 18 months and will only involve one visit to Goldsmiths. Parents will be asked to keep a diary of motor milestones for their infants from the age of 4 to 18 months. If you have a baby aged 5 months and under, with one older sibling aged 6 years or under, and are interested in learning more about the study, please contact email@example.com. This is a great way to keep a note of your child's development (see http://baby-brains.com/2013/09/24/time-really-flies/) and we'll provide plenty of support over the course of the study.
Ongoing studies that we are recruiting for:
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