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

Cerebra (Charity Organisation)

John & Lorna Wing Foundation (Charity Organisation)
The Williams Syndrome Foundation (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. 

The John and Lorna Wing Foundation
Supporting autism research 

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Characterising and improving sleep in autistic adults

The John and Lorna Wing Foundation are collaborating with the SERL lab to help to characterise sleep and improve sleep in autistic adults. They are a charitable foundation, which exists to fund research into all aspects of autism and ensure the results are published. We were established in her lifetime by Dr Lorna Wing to continue her work in autism. Dr Wing appointed the current Trustees to administer the Trust in accordance with her wishes. Dr Lorna Wing died in 2014. The foundation is named after Dr Lorna Wing and her late husband Dr John Wing and is dedicated to their memory and that of their daughter Susan.

They support research into all aspects of autism but particularly areas that are thought to hold particular benefit for autistic people and their families. 

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

For more information please contact the lab or visit the John and Lorna Wing foundation website: http://www.johnandlornawingfoundation.org

Working wonders for children with brain conditions

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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 https://cerebra.org.uk. 

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The Williams Syndrome Foundation

Support people with WS and those who love and care for them

Sleep in families of children with williams syndrome


The Sleep and Education Research Lab is collaborating with the charity Williams Syndrome Foundation. This charity aims of promoting research and funding, and providing help and support for families with affected children. The incidence of Williams Syndrome is approximately 1 in 18,000. The Foundation hears of increasing numbers of cases each year – the figure rises as awareness grows.

The Foundation supports people with WS & those who love, care for and educate them. 


For more information please contact the lab or visit the Williams Syndrome Foundation website https://williams-syndrome.org.uk

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.