UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health


Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health

Prof Michelle De Haan

Prof Michelle De Haan

Professor in Infant and Child Development

Developmental Neurosciences Dept

UCL GOS Institute of Child Health

Joined UCL
1st Apr 2002

Research summary

Keywords: Amnesia, Amygdala, Autism spectrum disorders, Behaviour, Brain imaging, Brain injury, Cognitive, Development, EEG, Temporal lobes, Emotion, Social Neuroscience, Epilepsy, Social cognition, Hippocampus, Neuropsychology, Memory, Executive function, ERP, Frontal Lobes

Conditions: Amnesic syndromes, Epilepsy, Sickle Cell Disease, Congenital Visual Impairment, Premature Birth

Methods: Behavioural analysis, Cross-sectional and cohort studies, Electroencephalography (EEG), Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), Neuropsychological testing

Teaching summary

Director, MSc Clinical and Applied Paediatric Neuropsychology at UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health (https://www.ucl.ac.uk/child-health/study/postgraduate-taught-programmes/paediatric-neuropsychology)

Director, MSc Infancy and Early Childhood Development at UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health (https://www.ucl.ac.uk/child-health/study/postgraduate-taught-programmes/infancy-and-early-childhood-development)


University of Minnesota
Doctorate, Doctor of Philosophy | 1996
McMaster University
First Degree, Bachelor of Arts | 1991


Michelle de Haan is Professor in Infant and  Child Development at the UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health and Honorary Neuropsychologist at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Trust. She is Head of Section forCognitive Neuroscience and Neuropsychiatry. Previously, Michelle studied Child Psychology and Neuroscience at the University of Minnesota and graduated with her PhD in 1996.

Michelle’s research applies neuroimaging and neuropsychological methods to examine the brain underpinnings of typical and atypical cognitive and social development.  This includes work with children with infant-onset epilepsy, sickle-cell disease, congenital visual impairment, and those born preterm.

Michelle is Director of UCL’s MSc in Clinical and Applied Paediatric Neuropsychology and UCL's MSc in Infancy and Early Childhood Development. She is co-Editor in Chief of the journal Developmental Science (https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/14677687).  Her work has been featured in radio and television programmes including The Human Body, The Human Face and Child of our Time, she was the expert psychologist for the BBC television series Honey We’re Killing the Kids and provides expert in put for Mother & Baby magazine.  She was involved in creating Wondermind (https://www.tate.org.uk/kids/games-quizzes/wondermind), an online game developed in collaboration with the Tate Gallery that is designed to bring art and science together to teach children about neuroscience.