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Prof Michelle De Haan
30 Guilford Street
Tel: 020 7905 2755
  • Professor in Infant and Child Development
  • ICH Developmental Neurosciences Prog
  • UCL GOS Institute of Child Health
  • Faculty of Pop Health Sciences

Dr. Michelle de Haan is a Reader at the UCL Institute of Child Health and Honorary Neuropsychologist at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Trust.  Previously, Michelle studied Child Psychology and Neuroscience at the University of Minnesota and graduated with her PhD in 1996.

Michelle’s research applies neuroimaging and neuropsychological methods to examine the brain underpinnings of typical and atypical cognitive and social development.  This includes work with children with infant-onset epilepsy, sickle-cell disease, congenital visual impairment, and those born preterm.

Michelle is Deputy Director of UCL’s MSc in Clinical and Applied Paediatric Neuropsychology and is co Editor in Chief of the journal Developmental Science.  Her work has been featured in radio and television programmes including The Human Body, The Human Face and Child of our Time, and she was the expert psychologist for the BBC television series Honey We’re Killing the Kids.  She was also involved in creating Wondermind, an online game developed in collaboration with the Tate Gallery that is designed to bring art and science together to teach children about neuroscience.

Research Themes
Research Summary

Keywords: Amnesia, Amygdala, Autism spectrum disorders, Behaviour, Brain imaging, Brain injury, Cognitive, Development, EEG, Temporal lobes, Emotion, Social Neuroscience, Epilepsy, Social cognition, Hippocampus, Neuropsychology, Memory, Executive function, ERP, Frontal Lobes

Conditions: Amnesic syndromes, Epilepsy, Sickle Cell Disease, Congenital Visual Impairment, Premature Birth

Methods: Behavioural analysis, Cross-sectional and cohort studies, Electroencephalography (EEG), Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), Neuropsychological testing

Teaching Summary

Deputy Director, MSc Clinical and Applied Paediatric Neuropsychology at UCL Institute of Child Health

Lecturer, MSc in Cognitive Science at UCL

01-SEP-2007 Reader Institute of Child Health UCL, United Kingdom
01-SEP-2003 – 31-AUG-2007 Senior Lecturer Institute of Child Health UCL, United Kingdom
01-APR-1999 – 31-AUG-2003 Lecturer Institute of Child Health UCL, United Kingdom
01-SEP-1996 – 30-MAR-1999 Research Scientist MRC Cognitive Development Unit  , United Kingdom
Academic Background
1996 PhD Doctor of Philosophy – Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience University of Minnesota
1991 BA Bachelor of Arts – Psychology McMaster University
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