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Michelle Downes

Lecturer/Assistant Professor
School of Psychology
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University College Dublin, School of Psychology, Newman Building Belfield Dublin 4

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Dr Michelle Downes is a lecturer in the School of Psychology at UCD. Prior to joining UCD in 2016 she worked as a research associate at UCL Institute of Child Health where she also obtained a PhD in developmental cognitive neuroscience. Her PhD investigated the development and assessment of executive functions in typically developing children as well as preschool children with sickle cell disease using electroencephalography, eye-tracking, and behavioural methods. She completed an Msc in Paediatric Neuropsychology at UCL (with distinction) and holds a 1.1 BA (Hons) degree in Psychology from the National University of Ireland, Galway. She completed a neuropsychology research internship at the Brain Tumour Clinic at Childrens Hospital Boston in 2010. Her research focuses on the impact of disease-related and environmental factors, such as sleep problems and family function, on healthy brain development in children. She is particularly interested in the development of executive functions and early learning skills and how these can be assessed in young children in an ecologically valid way. She investigates brain and cognitive development in typically developing children and paediatric patient populations (including ADHD, epilepsy, pre-term, obstructive sleep apnoea, sickle cell disease). BABY BRAINS/NEUROPSYCHOLOGY LAB WEBPAGE: PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT:


  • BA
    NUI Galway IRL
  • MSc
    University College London2011 - 2012
  • PhD
    University College London
  • Prof Cert University Teaching & Learning
    University College Dublin