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Dr Naomi Dale
Clinical Neurosciences
UCL Institute of Child Health
30, Guilford Street
  • Reader in Paediatric Neurodisability
  • UCL GOS Institute of Child Health
  • Faculty of Pop Health Sciences

  • Academic and professional qualifications in BSc Psychology (University of Manchester 1974-1977), MA Clinical Child Psychology (University of Nottingham, 1977-1978), PhD Developmental Psychology (MRC  Unit of Development and Integration of Behaviour, University of Cambridge 1979-1983; Wellcome Foundation Doctoral Studentship). 
  • Qualified Clinical Psychologist (British Psychological Society, Full Member DCP), Chartered Psychologist (BPS CPsychol) and registered Clinical Neuropsychologist (BPS Full Member DoN). Health Practitioner Council registered.
  • Consultant Clinical Psychologist (1995 -   ) and Head of Psychology (Neurodisability) at Great Ormond Street Hospital (2000-2015). 
  • Senior Consultant Clinical Psychologist and  Lead in Research and Innovation, Psychological Services (2016 onwards) at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children, London
  • Details of clinical hospital responsibilities see http://www.gosh.nhs.uk/medical-information/staff-z/naomi-dale. 
  • UCL Reader in Paediatric Neurodisability (2015-   ). 
  • Principal Investigator, UCL Institute of Child Health Clinical Neurosciences, Developmental Neurosciences. Chief investigator of the Developmental Vision Impairment Research programme. 


Research Themes
Research Summary

Mission statement I am committed to developing integrated clinical and scientific research that leads to greater understanding of and transforms physical, developmental and functional outcomes and psychological well-being of children with long term paediatric disorders and illness and their families. This involves developing and supporting multidisciplinary clinical research with questions arising from clinical practice, leading to new basic and applied scientific understandings and the translation to evidence based clinical tools and interventionist methods that improve the lives of children with long term paediatric disorders and illness. 

Areas of specialism include children with long term paediatric disorders and illness and their families, with special interest in neurological conditions leading to paediatric neurodisabilities and functional risks. This includes children with ophthalmological and cerebral disorders and visual impairment, children with metabolic and neuro-endocrinological disorders, and children with complex neurodisability presentations including behaviour, emotion regulation, attention, executive function and autistic spectrum disorders.

Developmental Vision Impairment Research programme I am the lead/ Principal Investigator of a multidisciplinary research programme addressing the neuroscientific, visual, developmental and psychological aspects of children with congenital visual disorders and visual impairment. This is a grant funded programme (see Research Activities page for more details of projects). The research programme is based in the Clinical Neurosciences section (UCL ICH) and is integrated with the Developmental Vision Clinic service (Great Ormond Street Hospital).

The translational quality standard that I work to is evident translation of practice within two years of completion of study.  Current outputs include revised Developmental Journal for babies and young children with visual impairment (2nd edition), new e-learning for health (with Health Education England/ Royal College Paediatric Child Health), new scientific social communication/autism assessment tool for children with visual impairment (forthcoming) and new data driven classification system for cerebral visual impairment disorders. 



Teaching Summary

Course Director (with Dr Jenefer Sargent, Dr Alison Salt) of Great Ormond Street Hospital National training course: Assessment and management of infants and young children with severe visual impairment: identifying risk and vulnerability and promoting optimal outcomes. 

Course Director (with Dr Mandy Bryon) of Great Ormond Street Hospital. National training course: Psychological skills for multidisciplinary professionals.

Regular annual lecturer on UCL MSc Applied Paediatric Neuropsychology course

Doctoral supervisor: To completion: DClin Psych (Ian Moran -2011, Lauren Topper - 2014 Royal Holloway University of London), PhD (Valerie Tadic - 2009 Goldsmith College University of London, Johannes Bathelt - 2015 UCL, Tecla Mlambo - 2014 University of Zimbabwe, SACORE). 

Supervisor of MSc dissertations.  

OCT-2015 Reader in Paediatric Neurodisability Developmental Neurosciences UCL Institute of Child Health, United Kingdom
OCT-2008 – OCT-2015 Honorary Senior Lecturer Neurosciences Unit UCL Institute of Child Health, United Kingdom
SEP-2000 Head of Psychology (Neurodisability) Wolfson Paediatric Neurodisability Service Great Ormond Street Hospital, United Kingdom
JAN-1995 – OCT-2008 Honorary Lecturer Neurosciences Unit UCL Institute of Child Health, United Kingdom
JAN-1995 Consultant Clinical Psychologist Wolfson Paediatric Neurodisability Service Great Ormond Street Hospital, United Kingdom
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