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Research Group: Developmental Brain-Behaviour Laboratory (DBBL)

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The Developmental Brain-Behaviour Laboratory (DBBL) was established (as the Developmental Brain-Behaviour Unit) in November 2003 under the directorship of Professor Edmund Sonuga-Barke. Its emergence accompanied a significant sharpening of focus of the developmental research agenda at the University of Southampton onto the basic and clinical neuroscience of developmental psychopathology and disorder.

Group Overview

Although housed within Psychology, DBBL highly prizes its multi-disciplinary constitution. Its membership includes developmental and educational psychologists, psychopathologists and neuroscientists, behaviour analysts, child psychiatrists, paediatric neurologists and community paediatricians all working together to provide a range of unique perspectives on common clinical and scientific problems.

The mission of the Laboratory is to:

  • Study the relationship between genetic and environmental risk factors, neural processes, psychological function and atypical development in infancy, childhood and adolescence using experimental, observational, imaging and epidemiological approaches.
  • Increase understanding of the causes and outcomes of acquired and developmental child and adolescent psychiatric disorders including disorders of impulse, attention, conduct and mood.
  • Translate this basic research into clinical practice to the benefit of children and their families.
  • Examine the clinical costs and benefits of new and innovative treatments for these disorders.


Recent grants to DBBL unit members include those from funders including the Department of Health; the Economic & Social Research Council; the Medical Research Council; Eli Lilly & Co UK; the Food Standards Agency; HOPE; the Jacobs Foundation; Janssen Cilag; the National Institute of Mental Health; the Nuffield Foundation; the Wellcome Trust; the Adventure in Research Scheme and industrial sponsors such as Shire Pharmaceuticals.

In addition, DBBL has active and funded links with many international centres of excellence including the Social Genetic Developmental Psychiatry Centre at the Institute of Psychiatry, Kings College, London; the Child Study Centre, New York University; the Department of Psychiatry, University of Cambridge; the MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit; School of Psychology, Cardiff University; the Child Development Centre, University of California; the Department of Psychiatry, Harvard University; the Institute of Child Health, University College London; the Department of Psychological Medicine, University of Wales; the College of Medicine, Cardiff; Bangor University; the University of Queensland; the University of Sheffield; the University of Gent; the Federal University of Rio Grando do Sul Porto Alegre; Aarhus University; the University of Leuven; VU University, Amsterdam.

The DBBL group 2013



Research Staff

Staff MemberPrimary Position
Amy BoysonPostgraduate research student
Kim CartwrightVisiting Research Fellow
Georgia ChronakiVisiting Research Fellow
Samuele CorteseClinical Associate Professor
Graeme FairchildAssociate Professor in Abnormal Psychology
Dennis GolmResearch Fellow
Julie HadwinDirector of Postgraduate Research Programme
Cathy HillPaediatric Neuroscience, Southampton General Hospital
Chia-Fen HsuVisiting Research Fellow
Anna Christina HuntSenior Research Assistant (INTER-STAARS Project)
Harriet JeffersonResearch Nurse/ Fellow
Colin KennedyPaediatric Neurology, Southampton General Hospital
Mark KennedyResearch Fellow
Nicky KnightsResearch Fellow
Hanna KovshoffLecturer in Developmental Psychology; Research Director for the Doctorate in Educational Psychology; Student Enrichment and Employability Team Lead
Jana KreppnerAssociate Professor in Developmental Psychopathology
Cathy Laver-BradburyConsultant Nurse
Peter LawrenceLecturer in Clinical Psychology
Helen LoaderResearch Administrator
Athina ManoliPostgraduate research student
Pavlina MarkomichaliResearch Fellow
Fiona McEwanResearch Fellow
Brenda J MeyerResearch Fellow (SHARe)
Nadia PeppaPostgradaute research student
Robert RemingtonProfessor
Michael James RoltResearch Fellow (SHARe)
Martin Wesley RuddockSenior Research Assistant
Luis SalayandiaResearch Fellow (SHARe)
Barbara SeiterFaculty Senior Administrative Officer
Roxanna Marie Liza ShortPostgraduate research student
Edmund Sonuga-BarkeProfessor in Psychology, Developmental Psychopathology
Jim StevensonEmeritus Professor of Developmental Psychopathology
Kate Elizabeth SullyPostgraduate research student
Margaret ThompsonHonorary Professor

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