Anna Joyce

Lecturer in Psychology

Professional Biography

Dr Anna Joyce is a Lecturer in Psychology, specialising in developmental psychology, atypical development, and sleep.

Anna’s research centres on sleep and cognition in typical and atypical development, and the impact of sleep problems on children’s cognition and behaviour. She is particularly 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.

Anna has also led research investigating sleep and cognitive development in typical and atypical groups, including Down syndrome, Williams syndrome, Autism, and intellectual disability. Anna is a chartered psychologist and an honorary lecturer at UCL. She has previously held research and clinical roles at Coventry University and Evelina London, St Thomas’ Hospital.

Qualifications

  • 2009-13 PhD Sleep and cognition; Institute of Education; 2013
  • MSc Cognitive Neuropsychology; UCL; 2008
  • BSc (Hons) Psychology; Coventry University; 2006
     

Relevant Past Employment

  • 2019-present: Lecturer in Psychology – Regent’s University London
  • 2018-present: Honorary Lecturer – UCL Institute of Education, London
  • 2014-2019: Research Fellow and Lecturer – Coventry University
  • 2013-2014: Researcher and Medical Technologist – Evelina London Children’s Hospital, Guys and St Thomas’ NHS Trust
  • 2013: Seminar Leader – Institute of Education, London
  • 2011: Lecturer and Seminar Leader – Kingston University, London
  • 2008-2012: Teaching Assistant – Middlesex University, London

Publications

  • Joyce, A., Elphick, H., Farquhar, M., Gringras, P., Evans, H., Bucks, R., Kreppner, J., Kingshott, R., Martin, J., Reynolds, J., Rush, C., Gavlak, J. C., & Hill, C. M. (2019). Obstructive sleep apnoea predicts executive function impairment in young children with Down syndrome. Behavioral Sleep Medicine.
  • Yau, S., Pickering, R., Gringras, P., Elphick, H., Evans, H., Farquhar, M., Martin, J., Joyce, A., Reynolds, J., Kingshott, R., Mindell, J.A., & Hill, C.M. (2019). Sleep in infants and toddlers with Down syndrome compared to typically developing peers: looking beyond snoring. Sleep Medicine.
  • Hannant, P., Cassidy, S., Renshaw, D. & Joyce, A. (2019). A double-blind, placebo-controlled, crossover-designed GABA tea study in children diagnosed with autistic spectrum conditions. Nutritional Neuroscience. 
  • Kingshott, R., Gahleitner, F., Elphick, H., Gringras, P., Farquhar, M., Pickering, R., Martin, J., Reynolds, J., Joyce, A., Gavlak, J. C., Evans, H., & Hill, C. M. (2019). Cardio-Respiratory Sleep Studies at Home: Experience in Research and Clinical Cohorts. Archives of Disease in Childhood.
  • Joyce, A., Hill, C.M., Karmiloff-Smith, A. & Dimitriou, D. (2018). A cross-syndrome comparison of sleep-dependent learning on a cognitive procedural task. American Journal on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.
  • Hill, C. M., Elphick, H., Farquhar, M., Gringras, P., Pickering, R. M., Kingshott, R. N., Martin, J., Reynolds, J., Joyce, A., Gavlak, J. C., & Evans, H. (2018). Home oximetry to screen for obstructive sleep apnoea in Down syndrome. Archives of Disease in Childhood.
  • Farias, M., van Mulukom, V., Kahane, G., Kreplin, U., Joyce, A., Soares, P., Oviedo, L., Hernu, M., Rokita, K., Savulescu, J. & Möttönen R. (2017) Supernatural Belief Is Not Modulated by Intuitive Thinking Style or Cognitive Inhibition. Scientific Reports.
  • Joyce, A., & Dimitriou, D. (2017). Sleep-disordered breathing and cognitive functioning in preschool children with and without Down syndrome. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research.
  • Ashworth, A., Hill, C.M., Karmiloff-Smith, A. & Dimitriou, D. (2017). A cross-syndrome study of the differential effects of sleep on declarative memory consolidation in children with neurodevelopmental disorders. Developmental Science.
  • Hill, C. M., Evans, H. J., Elphick, H., Farquhar, M., Pickering, R. M., Kingshott, R., Martin, J., Reynolds, J., Joyce, A., Rush, C., Gavlak, J. & Gringras, P. (2016). Prevalence and predictors of obstructive sleep apnea in young children with Down syndrome. Sleep Medicine.
  • Ashworth, A., Hill, C.M., Karmiloff-Smith, A. & Dimitriou, D. (2015). The importance of sleep: Attentional problems in school-aged children with Down syndrome and Williams syndrome. Behavioral Sleep Medicine.
  • Ashworth, A., Hill, C.M., Karmiloff-Smith, A. & Dimitriou, D. (2014). Sleep enhances memory consolidation in children. Journal of Sleep Research.
  • Ashworth, A., Hill, C.M., Karmiloff-Smith, A. & Dimitriou, D. (2013). Cross syndrome comparison of sleep problems in children with Down syndrome and Williams syndrome. Research in Developmental Disabilities.
  • Dimitriou, D., Karmiloff-Smith, A., Ashworth, A. & Hill, C.M. (2013). Impaired sleep-related learning in children with Williams syndrome. Pediatrics Research International.
  • Annaz, D. & Ashworth, A. (2011). Sleep related learning in Williams syndrome. In Farran, E.K. & Karmiloff-Smith, A. (Eds.). Neurodevelopmental disorders across the lifespan: A Neuroconstructivist approach.
  • Annaz, D., Hill, C.M., Ashworth, A., Holley, S. & Karmiloff-Smith, A. (2011). Characterisation of sleep problems in children with Williams syndrome. Research in Developmental Disabilities.