A big Thank You to our collaborators, past and present: 


Prof. Annette Karmiloff-Smith (Birkbeck, University of London)

Dr Catherine Hill (Honorary Senior Lecture, SERL, UCL)

Dr Fabia Franco (Middlesex University)

Prof. Paul Abel (Imperial College)

Dr Anna Joyce (Coventry University) 

Dr Roberto Filippi (Birkbeck College) 
Dr Assimina Tsibidaki (University of Aegean)

Cerebra (Charity Organisation)

Are you interested in collaborating with SERL?


SERL is a multidisciplinary group and we welcome collaboration from other universities, university departments, public services and other companies interested in research in developmental psychology. 

Anna Joyce 

PhD, MSc

Collaborator, SERL

Sleep, Cognitive Development, Memory, Down syndrome, Williams syndrome

I am interested in the effects of sleep on learning and cognition and what can be done to enhance sleep in order to improve educational attainment for children. I am also interested in cognitive development in children with developmental disorders and whether sleep problems, which are common in these children, could be at least partly responsible for some of the cognitive difficulties that they face.

I have an MSc in cognitive neuropsychology from UCL and completed my PhD at the Institute of Education in 2013 on sleep and cognition in children with Down syndrome and Williams syndrome. I am now based at Coventry University as a research associate and am continuing to investigate sleep in typical and atypical development.

Roberto Filippi 

PhD (Birkbeck), FHEA

Collaborator, SERL

Sleep, Cognitive Development, Memory, Down syndrome, Williams syndrome

I am a Senior Lecturer in Cognitive Psychology and the Director of the Multilanguage and Cognition lab UCL-IoE, Department of Psychology and Human Development – London.

My research area is language development, with particular focus on multilingualism and its effect on attention, memory and executive functions. I examine multilanguage acquisition and its effect on cognitive development across the lifespan. I use behavioural and brain imaging techniques together with a developmental approach. 

The field of multilingualism is becoming increasingly important both for practical and theoretical reasons. Studying this phenomenon is crucial for developing programmes of cultural integration and enhancements in our educational system, as well as for understanding the cognitive aspects of multi-language acquisition. 

My research is funded by the Leverhulme Trust UK and the British Academy.

Assimina Tsibidaki
Assistant Professor of Special Education 

Students with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), families raising a child with SEND 


I am Assistant Professor of Special Education: Psychopedagogical Dimensions in Family and School in the Department of Primary Education at the University of the Aegean, Greece. I  teach at the Postgraduate Programs: «Models of intervention in special education», «Educational Studies with Applications in Information Communication Technologies (ICT)» in the Department of Primary Education of the University of the Aegean and at the Distance Postgraduate Program «Special Education» in the University of Nicosia, Cyprus.


My research interests focus on the following areas: Students with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), families raising a child with SEND, school-home collaboration, social support networks, technology and inclusive education, children’s book/cinema and diversity/disability.


My published work includes two books, editing and articles in Greece and abroad, as well as various participations in Greek and international conferences.

Working wonders for children with brain conditions

Sleep in families of children with neurodevelopmental disabilities 

The Sleep and Education Research Lab is collaborating with the UK charity Cerebra to develop educational materials to families of children with neurodevelopmental disabilities. 


Cerebra has one of the only sleep services specialised to working with families who have a child with a brain condition in the UK. We are interestedin finding out more about the challenges families face and how to address them.


This project is led by Drs Liz Halstead and Dagmara Dimitriou.


For more information please contact the lab or visit the cerebra website 

Sleep Education and Research Lab 

25 Woburn Square 

London, WC1H 0AA

United Kingdom

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