A big Thank You to our collaborators, past and present: 


Prof. Annette Karmiloff-Smith (Birkbeck, University of London)

Dr Catherine Hill (Honorary Senior Lecture, LiLAS, UCL)

Dr Fabia Franco (Middlesex University)

Prof. Paul Abel (Imperial College)

Dr Anna Joyce (Coventry University) 

Dr Roberto Filippi (Birkbeck College) 

Are you interested in collaborating with LiLAS?


LiLAS is a multidisciplinary group and we welcome collaboration from other universities, university departments, public services and other companies interested in research in developmental psychology. 

Anna Joyce 

PhD, MSc

Collaborator, LiLAS 

Sleep, Cognitive Development, Memory, Down syndrome, Williams syndrome

I am interested in the effects of sleep on learning and cognition and what can be done to enhance sleep in order to improve educational attainment for children. I am also interested in cognitive development in children with developmental disorders and whether sleep problems, which are common in these children, could be at least partly responsible for some of the cognitive difficulties that they face.

I have an MSc in cognitive neuropsychology from UCL and completed my PhD at the Institute of Education in 2013 on sleep and cognition in children with Down syndrome and Williams syndrome. I am now based at Coventry University as a research associate and am continuing to investigate sleep in typical and atypical development.

Roberto Filippi 

PhD (Birkbeck), FHEA

Collaborator, LiLAS 

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.

Lifespan Learning and Sleep Lab 

25 Woburn Square 

London, WC1H 0AA

United Kingdom

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