Dr Hana D'Souza

Bc., Mgr., MSc, PhD

Beatrice Mary Dale Research Fellow

College Jobs

  • Beatrice Mary Dale Research Fellowship

University Jobs

  • Visiting Fellow in Department of Psychology, University of Cambridge

Contact

Email: hd425@cam.ac.uk

Biography

I currently hold the Beatrice Mary Dale Research Fellowship in Psychology at Newnham College, and I am a Visiting Fellow in the Department of Psychology, University of Cambridge. I am also an Associate Research Fellow at the Centre for Brain and Cognitive Development, Birkbeck, University of London.

I completed a Master’s degree with a focus on Clinical Psychology at Masaryk University, Czech Republic. During these studies I spent a year at the University of Toronto. I then obtained an MSc in Psychological Research from the University of Oxford. Subsequently, I undertook a PhD at Goldsmiths, University of London.

Following my PhD, I became a Postdoctoral Researcher at UCL and at the Centre for Brain and Cognitive Development, Birkbeck, University of London. As part of the London Down Syndrome (LonDownS) Consortium, I have been investigating individual differences and interactions between various domains and levels of description across development in infants and toddlers with Down syndrome. The LonDownS Consortium is a multidisciplinary team of human geneticists, cellular biologists, psychiatrists, psychologists, neuroscientists, and mouse geneticists, whose aim is to understand the link between Down syndrome and Alzheimer’s disease, and to identify protective and risk factors that could inform interventions.

Research Interests

I am interested in the development of attention and motor abilities, and how these interact over developmental time and constrain other domains in typically and atypically developing children. My research focuses on infants and toddlers with neurodevelopmental disorders of known genetic origin, such as Down syndrome, fragile X syndrome, and Williams syndrome.