Dr Janice Brown

Janice Brown

Associate Professor

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    Applied Sciences / Psychology

Dr Janice Brown studied for her first degree at the University of York, and for her PhD at University College London. She has worked at the University of Reading and University of Westminster before joining London South Bank University (LSBU) in 2005.

Dr Brown's research has focused on visuo-spatial processing in typically developing infants and in developmental disorders, including Williams syndrome, Down's syndrome, and Developmental Co-ordination Disorder.

Having returned to education as a mature student, Dr Brown has a particular interest in student support, and has been instrumental in the development of initiatives to support students within the Division of Psychology, including a peer mentoring scheme, a professional (personal) tutoring programme, a diagnostic test to identify study skills deficits, and skills training programmes.

Dr Brown has led on the development of the undergraduate Psychology curriculum at LSBU, and has been a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) since 2014.

BSc Psychology

Level 4 (Year 1)

  • Introducing Psychological Approaches
  • Exploring Psychological Approaches

Level 5 (Year 2)

  • Psychology of Feelings
  • Psychological Research Methods 4

Level 6 (Year 3)

  • Development of Brain and Behaviour in Infancy (Module Co-ordinator)
  • Empirical Project Supervision

MSc Investigative Forensic Psychology

  • Vulnerable Witnesses and Suspects (Module Co-ordinator)
  • Dissertation Supervision

Early development in genetic disorders

Dr Brown’s research has focused on early development in genetic disorders, and how these change over time. For example, face processing, which is thought to be good in adults with Williams syndrome, appears to be impaired from very early in life. Meanwhile, attention, which is thought to be poor in Williams syndrome adults, is seen to be impaired from infancy, but not necessarily in the same way. These findings highlight the importance of investigating disorders early in life, to establish appropriate interventions.

Attention and perceptual grouping in development

In a number of papers with colleagues and PhD students, Dr Brown highlights the importance of attention in development, such as in the atypical disengagement of attention in children with Developmental Co-ordination Disorder, and in the development of perceptual grouping in typically developing infants and infants with Williams syndrome


Selected highlights

  • Steele, A., Scerif, G., & Brown, J. (2012). Cross-Domain Dynamics: Implications of Attentional Difficulties for Development across Domains. Farran, E. K. & Karmiloff-Smith, A. Neurodevelopmental Disorders Across the Lifespan: A Neuroconstructivist Approach. Oxford: Oxford University Press. ISBN/ISSN: 978-0199594818.
  • Paterson, S. J., Brown, J. H., Gsodl, M. K., Johnson, M. H. & Karmiloff-Smith, A. (1999). Cognitive Modularity and Genetic Disorders. Science. 286, 2355-2358.
  • Brown, J. H., Johnson, M. H., Paterson, S. J., Gilmore, R., Longhi. E. & Karmiloff-Smith, A. (2003). Spatial Representation and Attention in Toddlers with Williams Syndrome and Down Syndrome. Neuropsychologia. 41, 8, 1037-1046.
  • Karmiloff-Smith, A., Brown, J. H., Grice, S. & Paterson, S. (2003). Dethroning the myth: Cognitive dissociations and innate modularity in Williams syndrome. Developmental Neuropsychology. 23, 1&2, 229-244.
  • Wilmut, K., Wann, J. P. & Brown, J. H. (2006). How active gaze informs the hand in sequential pointing movements. Experimental Brain Research. 175, 4, 654-666.
  • Wilmut, K., Wann, J. P. & Brown, J. H. (2006). Problems in the coupling of eye and hand in the sequential movements of children with Developmental Coordination Disorder. Child: Care, Health and Development. 32, 6, 665-678.
  • Wilmut, K., Brown, J. H. & Wann, J. P. (2007). Attention Disengagement in children with developmental Co-ordination Disorder. Disability and Rehabilitation. 29, 1, 47-55.
  • Farran, E. K., Brown, J. H., Cole, V. L., Houston-Price, C. & Karmiloff-Smith, A. (2007). The Development of Perceptual Grouping in Infants with Williams Syndrome. European Journal of Developmental Science. 1, 3, 253-271.
  • Farran, E. K., Brown, J. H., Cole, V. L., Houston-Price, C. & Karmiloff-Smith, A. (2008). A longitudinal study of perceptual grouping by proximity, luminance and shape in infants at two, four and six months. European Journal of Developmental Science. 2, 4, 353-369.
  • Freeman, K., Williams, T., Farran, E. & Brown, J. H. (2010). Williams Syndrome: The extent of agreement between parent and self report of psychological difficulties. European Journal of Psychiatry. 24, 167-175.
  • Carney, D. P. J., Brown, J. H. & Henry, L. A. (2013). Executive function in Williams and Down syndromes. Research in Developmental Disabilities. 34, 46-55.
  • Carney, D. P. J., Henry, L. A., Messer, D. J., Danielsson, H., Brown, J. H. & Rönnberg, J. (2013). Using developmental trajectories to examine verbal and visuospatial short-term memory development in children and adolescents with Williams and Down syndromes. Research in Developmental Disabilities. 34, 10, 3421-3432.
  • D’Souza, D., Cole, V., Farran, E. K., Brown, J. H., Humphreys, K., Howard, J., Rodic, M., Dekker, T. M., D’Souza, H. & Karmiloff-Smith, A. (2015). Face processing in Williams syndrome is already atypical in infancy. Frontiers in Psychology. 6, 760. DoI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2015.00760.
  • Higher Education Academy (HEA) Senior Fellow
  • Association for Psychological Science
  • Teaching Psychological Science
  • Society for Research in Child Development
  • Reviewer (journals): Cortex, Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, and Laterality: Asymmetries of Body, Brain and Cognition
  • Reviewer (funding councils): Medical Research Council (MRC); Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)
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