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Neurodevelopment Research Network

We aim to explore the crucial points in neurodevelopment that signal adaptive versus maladaptive trajectories in children.

We are a network of multi-disciplinary researchers seeking to address the crucial questions about adaptive trajectories (positive adaptations to situations) versus maladaptive trajectories (negative adaptations to situations) in the early period of the human lifespan.

Our research also seeks to identify the challenges to conducting research in child and adolescent neurodevelopment and build sustainable solutions that result in ground-breaking research projects and long-term collaborations.

Additional aims include developing research projects together using our combined disciplinary expertise and to work with allied professionals in health, education, and social care to consider the practical implications, resonance, and value of our work.

We aim for the work of the network to align with the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015 in relation to our investigations of the social, psychological, and biological processes that affect early-life neurodevelopment and mental health.

Get in touch at neurodevelopment@cardiff.ac.uk to find out more about the other Cardiff University Research Networks and how they could support your interest in these four areas:

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We are running a series of events between 2022 and 2024 to discuss our areas of interest, identify challenges and solutions and develop programmes of research activity that will also align with staff career development, teaching, and engagement with students.

Selected publications

Previous activities have included training workshops on brain imaging techniques appropriate for use with children and neurodiverse young people, seminars, and informal social events.

Please get in touch at neurodevelopment@cardiff.ac.uk to discuss your ideas for events.

Lead researcher

Professor Katherine Shelton

Professor Katherine Shelton

Professor

Email
sheltonkh1@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone
+44(0)29 2087 6093

Academic staff

Dr Ross Vanderwert

Dr Ross Vanderwert

Senior Lecturer

Email
vanderwertr@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone
+44 (0)29 2068 8826
Dr Jennifer Keating

Dr Jennifer Keating

Research Associate

Email
keatingj@cardiff.ac.uk

Postgraduate students

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Amy Hughes

Research student

Email
hughesaa1@cardiff.ac.uk
Carly McGregor

Carly McGregor

Research student

Email
mcgregorc1@cardiff.ac.uk

Associated staff

Professor Derek Jones

Professor Derek Jones

Professor, Director of CUBRIC

Email
jonesd27@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone
+44(0)29 2087 9412
Professor Krishna Singh

Professor Krishna Singh

Professor, Head of Human Electrophysiology

Email
singhkd@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone
+44(0)29 2087 4690
Dr Sarah Gerson

Dr Sarah Gerson

Senior Lecturer

Email
gersons@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone
+44 (0)29 2087 0480
Dr Catherine Purcell

Dr Catherine Purcell

Reader: Occupational Therapy

Email
purcellc2@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone
+44 (0)29 225 10961
Professor Rosalind John

Professor Rosalind John

Director of Research (Deputy), Professor

Email
johnrm@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone
+44 (0)29 2087 0145
Dr Amy Paine

Dr Amy Paine

Lecturer

Email
paineal@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone
+44 (0)29 2087 5766
Professor Merideth Gattis

Professor Merideth Gattis

Email
gattism@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone
+44 (0)29 2087 0034
Dr Catherine Jones

Dr Catherine Jones

Reader and Director of WARC

Email
jonescr10@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone
+44 (0)29 2087 0684
Dr Kate Langley

Dr Kate Langley

Senior Lecturer

Email
langleyk@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone
+44 (0)29 2087 6259
Professor Stephanie van Goozen

Professor Stephanie van Goozen

Professor

Email
vangoozens@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone
+44(0)29 2087 4630
Professor Anthony Isles

Professor Anthony Isles

Professor, Division of Psychological Medicine and Clinical Neurosciences

Email
islesar1@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone
+44 (0)29 2068 8467
Dr Joanna Martin

Dr Joanna Martin

Research Fellow, Division of Psychological Medicine and Clinical Neurosciences

Email
martinjm1@cardiff.ac.uk
Dr Elisabeth von dem Hagen

Dr Elisabeth von dem Hagen

Senior Lecturer

Email
vondemhagene@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone
+44 (0)29 2087 0151
Dr Christoph Teufel

Dr Christoph Teufel

Senior Lecturer, Joint-Lead for Cognitive Neuroscience

Email
teufelc@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone
+44 (0)29 2087 5372

Partners

We are actively collaborating with many people across the UK and beyond. Get in touch to find out more: neurodevelopment@cardiff.ac.uk

Our research has positively impacted society and improved quality of life by shaping public policy and health outcomes.