Dr Simona Salomone
I am a post-doctoral researcher at the Centre for Brain and Cognitive Development (CBCD), Birkbeck College London and King’s College Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience (IoPPN). Previously, I worked at the IoPPN at King's College London as a post-doctoral researcher from 2013 to 2015. There, I was involved in a pilot study to develop and test novel approaches for enhancing the development of attention in infants and toddlers at risk of ADHD. I completed my PhD at Trinity College Institute of Neuroscience, Dublin in September 2013. During my PhD, I conducted a full randomised controlled trial of a new attention training programme for adults with ADHD. Before my PhD, I completed a BSc in Psychology and MSc in Neuropsychology at the University of Milan-Bicocca (Italy).
I am a PhD student in the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at King's College Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience (IoPPN), funded by an IoP/MRC studentship. My research interests are in the field of developmental cognitive neuroscience, with a particular interest in typical and atypical attention development in infants and young children. I am currently part of the Inter-STAARS team leading a randomised controlled trial to assess the effectiveness of early attention training for infants at familial risk of ADHD – a project funded by the mental health charity MQ. Previously, I completed a BSc in Psychology at the University of Exeter, and an MSc in Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of York.
Dr Emily Jones
My research interests centre on understanding the cognitive and neural mechanisms that drive variability in the developmental trajectories of young children. I am particularly interested in the early development of basic skills in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, since understanding how early emerging symptoms contribute to later difficulties both illuminates the aetiology of the condition and may highlight appropriate targets for intervention. My work in this area has focused on both toddlers with autism and infants at high familial risk for developing autism, and is associated with the Early Connections Study at the University of Washington, the British Autism Study of Infant Siblings (BASIS) and the Study of Autism and ADHD Risk in Siblings (STAARS) at the CBCD.
I am passionate about applied research and have a keen interest in health and prevention. I have previously worked at the Home Team Behavioural Science Centre (Singapore) looking at the gambling patterns of pathological gamblers, and the Social Research Unit (Devon) where I worked on a randomised control trial looking at the implementation of an anti-bullying programme (KiVa) in primary schools across Wales. My last post was at the Centre for Public Health (Liverpool John Moores University) where I worked on a World Health Organization collaborative project disseminating evidence on effective violence prevention, policy and practice. I was also a volunteer for Son-Rise - a child-centered, one-on-one programme for children with autistic spectrum disorders. Presently I work on the Inter-STAARS Project, researching concentration and attention capacity in infants at increased genetic risk of ADHD.
I am a researcher in the Developmental Brain-Behaviour Laboratory, University of Southampton. I currently work on a multi-site pilot aimed at testing the efficacy of a training programme for those at risk of ADHD. Before this I coordinated the Programme for Early Detection and Intervention for ADHD, a series of research projects, one of which was a randomised control trial targeting hard-to-reach families affected by ADHD. Previously I spent five years working on international development initiatives in Asia and the Middle East. I have completed a BSc in Applied Social Sciences at University of Southampton and two post-graduate degrees at University of Sussex (MA in 2007 and MSc 2013).
I am an honorary research assistant working part-time on the EDiTs study and part time on the
INTER-STAARS study at Kings College London. I am currently on a placement year at Kings College and am an undergraduate at Loughborough University studying Psychology.