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Prof Michelle De Haan
30 Guilford Street
London
WC1N 1EH
Appointment
  • Professor in Infant and Child Development
  • Developmental Neurosciences Dept
  • UCL GOS Institute of Child Health
  • Faculty of Pop Health Sciences
Biography

Michelle de Haan is Professor in Infant and  Child Development at the UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health and Honorary Neuropsychologist at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Trust. She is Head of Section forCognitive Neuroscience and Neuropsychiatry. 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 Director of UCL’s MSc in Clinical and Applied Paediatric Neuropsychology and UCL's MSc in Infancy and Early Childhood Development. She is co-Editor in Chief of the journal Developmental Science (https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/14677687).  Her work has been featured in radio and television programmes including The Human Body, The Human Face and Child of our Time, she was the expert psychologist for the BBC television series Honey We’re Killing the Kids and provides expert in put for Mother & Baby magazine.  She was involved in creating Wondermind (https://www.tate.org.uk/kids/games-quizzes/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

Director, MSc Clinical and Applied Paediatric Neuropsychology at UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health (https://www.ucl.ac.uk/child-health/study/postgraduate-taught-programmes/paediatric-neuropsychology)

Director, MSc Infancy and Early Childhood Development at UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health (https://www.ucl.ac.uk/child-health/study/postgraduate-taught-programmes/infancy-and-early-childhood-development)

Appointments
01-OCT-2018 Professor Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health UCL, United Kingdom
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 – Child Psychology (Paediatric) University of Minnesota
1991 BA Bachelor of Arts – Psychology McMaster University
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