Developmental Section Annual Conference 2011

This year's conference will be held from 7-9 September 2011 in the Department of Psychology at Northumbria University, Newcastle.

Further information can be foundon the Developmental Section Annual Conference 2011 website.

Registration Open!


Submissions are now closed.

For queries relating to submissions, please email [email protected].


A final programme is available to download.

Confirmed keynote speakers

We are pleased to announce the following keynote speakers at the event:

  • Professor Jackie Masterson, Institute of Education, University of London - Literacy Development.
  • Professor David Evans, Bucknell University, USA - The development and psychopathology of rituals, habits, compulsions and repetitive behaviours.
  • Dr Olivier Pascalis, Université Pierre Mendes, France - The development of face perception through infancy and childhood.
  • Dr Noriko Toyama, Tsuda College, Japan. 'Cultural differences in children's awareness of mind-body relationships' (sponsored by the Japanese Society of Developmental Psychology).


We will be presenting the following awards at the conference:

  • Winner of the 2011 Neil O’Connor Award
    Dr Atsushi Senju for the following publication:
    Senju, A., Southgate, V., White, S., & Frith, U. (2009). Mindblind eyes: An absence of spontaneous theory of mind in Asperger syndrome. Science, 325, 883-885.
  • Winner of the 2011 Margaret Donaldson Early Career Prize
    Dr Sarah Beck (Birmingham University) will give a keynote address on Thursday 8th September 2011

Pre-conference: Repetitive and Restricted Behaviours in Neurodevelopmental Disorders

This seminar will be held from 1pm to 5pm in the Baddiley-Clark Building seminar room within the Newcastle University campus. It takes place on the afternoon before the British Psychological Society Developmental Section conference being held at Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne.

Repetitive and restricted behaviours (RRB) are a significant problem for children with a range of developmental disorders including autism spectrum disorder.

Living with RRB can be challenging for individuals and for their families and present a significant challenge for researchers and clinicians working towards understanding how and why they happen.

This seminar provides a unique opportunity for researchers, clinicians and family members interested in RRB to come together to share their experiences. The seminar will combine presentations of state of the art research evidence from internationally known researchers and clinicians in the field, with informal discussion groups. The goal is to enable participants to work together to further our understanding of how to assess and manage repetitive behaviours.

Invited speakers include:

  • Professor David Evans, Bucknell University, USA
  • Professor Sue Leekam, Cardiff University, Wales
  • Dr Kate Sofronoff, University of Queensland, Australia

Please visit the Pre-conference Seminar website for further details and to book your place.

Join the Section

If you wish to join the Section to benefit from the reduced rates, please visit the Developmental Psychology Section website.

Booking information

Conference registration has now closed.

If you would like to attend the conference, complete the onsite registration form and bring it along with you to the conference along with payment details.



Dept of Psychology, Northumbria University, Northumberland Building, Northumberland Road, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 8ST

Wed, 07/09/2011 - 09:00 to Fri, 09/09/2011 - 17:00
Contact Information: 

If you have any queries please contact Reshma Oza or Bijal Vaghela (+ 44 (0)116 252 9555,

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