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Dr Hayley Leonard

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PositionPostdoctoral Research Associate
Department Psychology
Email h.leonard (@gold.ac.uk)
Phone+44 (0)20 7078 5484
Dr Hayley Leonard

My main area of interest is cognitive development, particularly in neurodevelopmental disorders. Previous research focused on low level visual biases in face recognition in autism and Williams syndrome. My current research continues to investigate social-cognitive development in typical and atypical populations and its relationship with other domains, specifically motor development. I am affiliated with the  Goldsmiths InfantLab (www.goldsmithsinfantlab.org), and am part of the Goldsmiths Action Lab. For information about the Action Lab's recent research, our January newsletter is available at http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/11212.

 

Teaching

BSc Psychology - PS53031B: Neurodevelopmental Disorders

MSc Cognitive and Clinical Neuroscience - PS71044B: Developmental Cognitive Neuropsychology

MSc Foundations in Clinical Psychology & Health Services - PS71056A: Neurodevelopmental Disorders

Research Interests

Neurodevelopmental Disorders:

I am interested in a range of neurodevelopmental disorders, and have conducted research with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Williams syndrome (WS) and Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD; sometimes called 'dyspraxia'), as well as with infants and children at-risk of developing ASD.

Social cognition:

Research includes investigations of spatial frequency biases for face recognition in typical development, as well as in children with ASD and WS. Most recently, I have worked in collaboration with Professor Elisabeth Hill and the British Autism Study of Infant Siblings (BASIS) network to investigate the relationships between social development (including face processing) and motor development in infants and children at-risk of developing ASD. I will also be collaborating with Professor Hill and Dr Emma Sumner on a grant from the Leverhulme Trust investigating the relationships between motor and social skills in children with ASD and DCD.

Motor development:

In a project funded by the Waterloo Foundation, Professor Hill and I have collaborated with Professor Lucy Henry at City University to investigate executive functioning in children with poor motor skills and those with a clinical diagnosis of DCD. A follow-up study is now being conducted, which is also supported by the Waterloo Foundation and a PhD stipend from City University to  Marialivia Bernardi. I am now conducting a study into social influences on typical motor development in infants, specifically focusing on the effect of older siblings on an infant's development.

 

For information about the Goldsmiths Action Lab's recent research, our January newsletter is available at http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/11212.

Publications

Article

A two-year follow-up study of executive functions in children with Developmental Coordination Disorder
Bernardi, M.; Leonard, Hayley C.; Hill, Elisabeth L.; Botting, Nicola and Henry, Lucy A.. 2017. A two-year follow-up study of executive functions in children with Developmental Coordination Disorder. Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology, ISSN 0012-1622

The role of older siblings in infant motor development
Leonard, Hayley C. and Hill, Elisabeth L.. 2016. The role of older siblings in infant motor development. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 152, pp. 318-326. ISSN 0022-0965

Coordination difficulty and internalising symptoms in adults: A twin/sibling study
Waszczyk, Monika A.; Leonard, Hayley C.; Hill, Elisabeth L.; Rowe, Richard and Gregory, Alice M.. 2016. Coordination difficulty and internalising symptoms in adults: A twin/sibling study. Psychiatry Research, 239, pp. 1-8. ISSN 0165-1781

Overlapping phenotypes in autism spectrum disorder and developmental coordination disorder: A cross-syndrome comparison of motor and social skills
Sumner, Emma J; Leonard, Hayley C. and Hill, Elisabeth L.. 2016. Overlapping phenotypes in autism spectrum disorder and developmental coordination disorder: A cross-syndrome comparison of motor and social skills. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 46(8), pp. 2609-2620. ISSN 0162-3257

Executive difficulties in Developmental Coordination Disorder: Methodological issues and future directions
Leonard, Hayley C. and Hill, Elisabeth L.. 2015. Executive difficulties in Developmental Coordination Disorder: Methodological issues and future directions. Current Developmental Disorder Reports, 2(2), pp. 141-149.

Executive functioning, motor difficulties and Developmental Coordination Disorder
Leonard, Hayley C.; Bernardi, M.; Hill, Elisabeth L. and Henry, L.A.. 2015. Executive functioning, motor difficulties and Developmental Coordination Disorder. Developmental Neuropsychology, ISSN 8756-5641

Brief Report: Response inhibition and processing speed in children with motor difficulties and developmental coordination disorder
Bernardi, M.; Leonard, Hayley C.; Hill, Elisabeth L. and Henry, L.A.. 2015. Brief Report: Response inhibition and processing speed in children with motor difficulties and developmental coordination disorder. Child Neuropsychology, ISSN 0929-7049

Predicting the rate of language development from early motor skills in at-risk infants who develop autism spectrum disorder
Leonard, Hayley C.; Bedford, R.; Pickles, A.; Hill, Elisabeth L. and The BASIS, Team. 2015. Predicting the rate of language development from early motor skills in at-risk infants who develop autism spectrum disorder. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, ISSN 1750-9467

The impact of motor development on typical and atypical social cognition and language: a systematic review
Leonard, Hayley C. and Hill, Elisabeth L.. 2014. The impact of motor development on typical and atypical social cognition and language: a systematic review. Child and Adolescent Mental Health, 19(3), pp. 163-170. ISSN 1475-357X

The effect of motor load on planning and inhibition in developmental coordination disorder
Pratt, Michelle L.; Leonard, Hayley C.; Adeyinka, Hanna and Hill, Elisabeth L.. 2014. The effect of motor load on planning and inhibition in developmental coordination disorder. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 35(7), pp. 1579-1587. ISSN 0891-4222

Early and persistent motor delay in infants at-risk of developing autism spectrum disorder: A prospective study
Leonard, Hayley C.; Elsabbagh, Mayada; Hill, Elisabeth L. and Basis team, -. 2014. Early and persistent motor delay in infants at-risk of developing autism spectrum disorder: A prospective study. European Journal of Developmental Psychology, 11(1), pp. 18-35. ISSN 1740-5629

Reduced Reliance on Optimal Facial Information for Identity Recognition in Autism Spectrum Disorder
Leonard, Hayley C.; Annaz, Dagmara; Karmiloff-Smith, Annette and Johnson, Mark H.. 2012. Reduced Reliance on Optimal Facial Information for Identity Recognition in Autism Spectrum Disorder. Journal of Cognition and Development, pp. 1-13. ISSN 1524-8372

Developing spatial frequency biases for face recognition in autism and Williams syndrome.
Leonard, Hayley C.; Annaz, Dagmara; Karmiloff-Smith, Annette and Johnson, Mark H.. 2011. Developing spatial frequency biases for face recognition in autism and Williams syndrome. Journal of autism and developmental disorders, 41(7), pp. 968-73. ISSN 1573-3432

The development of spatial frequency biases in face recognition
Leonard, Hayley C.; Karmiloff-Smith, Annette and Johnson, Mark H.. 2010. The development of spatial frequency biases in face recognition. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 106(4), pp. 193-207. ISSN 0022-0965