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Dagmara Dimitriou

PhD (Birkbeck), Lab Director, Reader in Developmental Science


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Kölbel, M.; Kirkham, F.J.; Dimitriou, D. Developmental Profile of Sleep and Its Potential Impact on Daytime Functioning from Childhood to Adulthood in Sickle Cell Anaemia. Brain Sci. 2020, 10, 981.

Mughal, R., Hill, C. M., Joyce, A., & Dimitriou, D. (2020). Sleep and Cognition in Children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) and Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). Brain Sciences, 10(11), 863.


Mughal, R., Joyce, A., Hill, C., & Dimitriou, D. (2020). Sleep disturbance as a predictor of anxiety in children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders and typically developing children. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 101, 103610.

Lois, M., Mandy, W., Pavlopoulou, G., & Dimitriou, D. (In press). Autistic adults’ personal experiences of navigating a social world before and during the Covid-19 lockdown period in Spain. 


Pavlopoulou, G., & Dimitriou, D. (2019). ‘I don't live with autism; I live with my sister’. Sisters’ accounts on growing up with their preverbal autistic siblings. Research in developmental disabilities, 88, 1-15.

Knight, F. L. C., & Dimitriou, D. (2019). Poor sleep has negative implications for children with and without ADHD, but in different ways. Behavioral sleep medicine, 17(4), 423-436.

Joyce, A., Hill, C. M., Karmiloff-Smith, A., & Dimitriou, D. (2019). A cross-syndrome comparison of sleep-dependent learning on a cognitive procedural task. American journal on intellectual and developmental disabilities, 124(4), 339-353.



Hayton, J., Wall, K., & Dimitriou, D. (2018). Get your coat: examining the development of independent dressing skills in young children with visual impairment, Down syndrome and typically developing children. International Journal of Inclusive Education, 1-16.


Mughal, R. & Dimitriou, D.  (2017). Sleep, maladaptive behaviour and language acquisition in children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders. Sleep Medicine., 40, E231.

Joyce, A., & Dimitriou, D. (2017). Sleep‐disordered breathing and cognitive functioning in preschool children with and without Down syndrome. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, 61(8), 778-791.

Pino, M. C., Mazza, M., Mariano, M., Peretti, S., Dimitriou, D., Masedu, F., ... & Franco, F. (2017). Simple mindreading abilities predict complex theory of mind: Developmental delay in Autism Spectrum Disorders. Journal of autism and developmental disorders, 47(9), 2743-2756.

Ashworth, A., Hill, C.M., Karmiloff-Smith, A. & Dimitriou, D. (2017). A cross-syndrome study of the differential effects of sleep on declarative memory consolidation in children with neurodevelopmental disorders. Developmental Science.

BinEid, W., Chua, B., & Dimitriou, D. (2017). Poor sleep in teenagers with autism and typical development in Saudi Arabia. Sleep Medicine, 40, e35.

Jawed, A., & Dimitriou, D. (2017). Sleep related cognitive functioning in young women with eating disorders. Sleep Medicine, 40, e148.


Hill, C. M., Carroll, A., Dimitriou, D., Gavlak, J., Heathcote, K., L’Esperance, V., Baya, A., Webster, R., Pushpandathan, M., Bucks, R. S. (2016). Polysomnography in Bolivian Children Native to High Altitude Compared to Children Native to Low Altitude. Sleep. 39(12):2149-2155. doi: 10.5665/sleep.6316

Hill, C. M., Baya, A., Gavlak, J., Carroll, A., Heathcote, K., Dimitriou, D., L’Esperance, V., Webster, R., Holloway, J., Virues-Ortega, J., Kirkham, F., Bucks, R., & Hogan, A. (2016). Adaptation to life in the High Andes: Nocturnal Oxyhemoglobin Saturation in Early Development. Sleep. 39(5):1001 doi:10.5665/sleep.5740



Sniecinska-Cooper, A. M., Shah, A. J., Dimitriou, D., Iles, R. K., Butler, S. A., & Bayford, R. (2015). Determination of urinary cortisol, cortisone and 6-sulfatoxymelatonin using dilute and shoot ultra-high pressure liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry. Journal of Chromatography B: Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences, 978-979, 18-23. doi:10.1016/j.jchromb.2014.11.016

Van Herwegen, J., Smith, T. J., & Dimitriou, D. (2015). Exploring different explanations for performance on a theory of mind task in Williams syndrome and autism using eye movements. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 45-46,202-209. doi:10.1016/j.ridd.2015.07.024

Ashworth, A., Hill, C. M., Karmiloff-Smith, A., & Dimitriou, D. (2015). A cross-syndrome study of the differential effects of sleep on declarative memory consolidation in children with neurodevelopmental disorders. Developmental Science. DOI: 10.1111/desc.12383.

Dimitriou, D., Le Cornu Knight, F., & Milton, P. (2015). The Role of Environmental Factors on Sleep patterns and School Performance in Adolescents. Frontiers in Psychology. DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2015.01717


Sniecinska, A., Iles, R. K., Butler, S. A., Jones, H., Bayford, R., & Dimitriou, D. (2014). Sleep disturbances, elevated cortisol and low melatonin in children with Williams syndrome. Sleep Medicine.

Anna Maria Sniecinska-Coopera, Ajit Jesang Shaha, Dagmara Dimitriou, Stephen Andrew Butler, Ray Iles, Richard Bayforda (2014). Determination of Urinary Cortisol, Cortisone and 6-Sulfatoxymelatonin using dilute and shoot Ultra-High Pressure Liquid Chromatography- Tandem Mass Spectrometry. Journal of Chromatography.

Dimitriou, D., Leonard, H., Karmiloff-Smith, A., Johnson, M.H., & Thomas, M. S. C (2014). Cross-syndrome comparison of configural face processing: Autism, Down syndrome and Williams syndrome. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research. DOI: 10.1111/jir.12141

Ashworth, A., Hill, C. M., Karmiloff-Smith, A. & Dimitriou, D., (2014). Sleep enhances learning in children. Journal of Sleep Research. Jun;23(3):302-8. doi: 10.1111/jsr.12119

Hill CM, Dimitriou D, Baya A, Heathcote K, Paul A, Gavlak J, L’Esperance V, Bucks RS (2014). Cognitive performance in high altitude Andean residents compared to low altitude populations: from childhood to older age. Neuropsychology, 28(5): 752-760.

Fabia Franco, Shoji Itakura, Krystyna Pomorska, Anna Abramowski, Kozue Nikaido and Dagmara Dimitriou.Can children with Autism read emotions from eyes? The Eye-Test revisited (2014). Research in Developmental Disabilities.

Anna Ashworth, Catherine M. Hill, Annette Karmiloff-Smith & Dagmara Dimitriou (2014).The Importance of Sleep: Attentional Problems in School-Aged Children With Down Syndrome and Williams Syndrome. Behavioral Sleep Medicine, 15:1-17.



Axelsson, E., Hill, C, Sadeh, A., Dimitriou, D. (2013). Sleep problems and language in toddlers with Williams syndrome. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 34, 3988–3996.

Dimitriou, D., Sniecinska, A. & Iles, R. (2013). Abnormal endocrine and behavioural sleep markers in a child with Williams syndrome and siblings. Journal of Sleep Disorders & Therapy. 2: 108. doi:10.4172/2167-0277.1000108

Anna Ashworth, Catherine M. Hill, Annette Karmiloff-Smith & Dagmara Dimitriou (2013). Cross syndrome comparison of sleep problems in children with Down syndrome and Williams syndrome. Research in Developmental Disabilities

Dimitriou, D., Hill, C. M., Ashworth, A., & Karmiloff-Smith, A. (2013). Impaired sleep related learning in children with Williams syndrome. Pediatrics Research International Journal.

Van Herwegen, J. Dimitriou, D. & Rundblad, G. (2013). Development of novel metaphor and metonymy comprehension in typically developing children and Williams syndrome. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 34(4), pp. 1300-1311. ISSN (print) 0891-4222

Van Herwegen, J. Dimitriou, D. & Rundblad, G. (2013). Performance on verbal and low-verbal theory of mind tasks in children with Williams Syndrome. Journal of Communication Disorders, 46(5-6), pp. 440-448. ISSN (print) 0021-9924

Published papers under Annaz

Leonard, H.C., Annaz, D., Karmiloff-Smith, A., & Johnson, M.H. (2013). Reduced reliance on optimal facial information for identity recognition in Autism Spectrum Disorder. Journal of Cognition and Development, 14(3), 467-479.

Whayte, S., McCaughey, E., Holley, S., Annaz, D., & Hill, C.M. (2012). Sleep problems in children with cerebral palsy and their relationship with maternal sleep and depression. Acta Paediatrica, 101, Issue 6, 618–623.

Annaz, D, Milne, E., Campbell, R., Coleman, M., & Swettenham, J. (2012). Young children with autism spectrum disorder do not preferentially orient to biological motion. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.

Van Herwegen, J., Rundblad, G., Davelaar, E. J., & Annaz, D. (2011). Variability and standardised test profiles in typically developing children and children with Williams Syndrome. British Journal of Developmental Psychology.

Annaz, D., Hill, C. M., Holly, S., Ashworth, A., & Karmiloff-Smith, A. (2011). Characterisation of sleep problems in children with Williams syndrome. Research in Developmental Disabilities. 32(1), 164-169.

Van Herwegen, J., Farran, E., & Annaz, D. (2011). Item and error analysis on Raven's Coloured Progressive Matrices in Williams Syndrome. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 32(1), 93-99.

Lim, A. K., Williams, J. M., Cebula, K. R., & Annaz, D. (2011). Cross-cultural variations in naïve psychology among 2-year-olds: A comparison of children in the United Kingdom and Singapore. Journal of Cognition and Culture.

Leonard, H.C., Annaz, D., Karmiloff-Smith, A., & Johnson, M.H. (2010). Typical and atypical development of a mid-band spatial frequency bias in face recognition. Journal of Vision, 10 (7), 586.

Leonard, H., Annaz, D., Karmiloff-Smith, A., & Johnson, M. (2010). Brief Report: Developing spatial frequency biases in face recognition in autism and Williams syndrome. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 41(7), 968-973. IF(2.9)

Rundblad, G. & Annaz, D. (2010). The atypical development of metaphor and metonymy in autism. Autism, 14, 29-46.

Rundblad, G. & Annaz, D. (2010). Metaphor and metonymy comprehension: receptive vocabulary and conceptual knowledge. British Journal of Developmental Psychology, 28(3), pp. 547-563.

Annaz, D, Remington, A., Milne, E., Campbell, R., Coleman, M., Thomas, M.S.C, & Swettenham, J. (2010). Atypical development of motion processing trajectories in autism. Developmental Science, 13(6), 826–838.

Annaz, D., Karmiloff-Smith, A., Johnson, M. H., & Thomas, M. S. C. (2009). Development of holistic face recognition in children with Autism, Down syndrome and Williams syndrome. Journal of Child Experimental Psychology, 102, 456-486

Thomas, M. S. C., Annaz, D., Ansari, D., Scerif, G., Jarrold, C., & Karmiloff-Smith, A. (2009). Using developmental trajectories to understand genetic disorders. Journal of Speech Language and Hearing Research, 52, 336-358.

Annaz, D., Thomas, M. S. C., Fishman, R., Karmiloff-Smith, A., & Rundblad, G. (2009). The comprehension of metaphor and metonymy in children with Williams syndrome and typically developing children. International Journal of Language & Communication Disorders, 44(6) 962-978. 

Carter, M., McCaughey, L., Annaz, D., & Hill, C. M. (2008). Sleep problems in a Down syndrome population. Archives of Disease in Childhood, 94(4), 308-311.

Annaz, D. & Karmiloff-Smith, A. (2005). Cross-syndrome, cross-domain comparisons of development trajectories. Commentary on Mile, Swettenham & Campbell. Cahiers de Psychologie Cognitive/Current Psychology of Cognition

Abreu, A. M., French, R. M., Annaz, D., Thomas, M. S. C., & de Schonen, S. (2005). A "visual conflict" hypothesis for global-local visual deficits in Williams syndrome: simulations and data. Published Proceedings of the 27th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society

Karmiloff-Smith, A., Thomas, M. S. C., Annaz, D., et al. (2004). Exploring the Williams syndrome face processing debate: The importance of building developmental trajectories. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry. 45:7, 1258-1274.

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