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Anna completed a BSc (Hons) in psychology at Coventry University then an MSc in cognitive neuropsychology at University College London. She was awarded her PhD from the Institute of Education, London, in 2013, where she researched sleep problems in children with Down syndrome and Williams syndrome and the effects of sleep on learning and cognition. She's currently a research associate in psychology at Coventry University where she is working on several projects. These include investigating sleep problems and early cognitive development in children with Down syndrome; improving sleep and sensorymotor functions in children with autism spectrum disorder; and the association between sleep and visuospatial processing in school-age children.

She is the leader for the Sleep and Chronobiology research theme within the Brain, Belief and Behaviour lab. Research is planned to investigate the effects of sleep on cognitive functioning and behaviour in children with intellectual disabilities; sleep and cognition in school aged children, and the effects of sleep disturbance in students.


Research Interests

Psychology, sleep and cognitive development

Vision Statement

I am interested in the effects of sleep on learning and cognition and what can be done to enhance sleep in order to improve educational attainment for children. I am also 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.

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Sleep Medicine & Life Sciences
Learning Medicine & Life Sciences
Sleep Apnea Syndromes Medicine & Life Sciences
Obstructive Sleep Apnea Medicine & Life Sciences
Preschool Children Medicine & Life Sciences
Psychology Medicine & Life Sciences
Task Performance and Analysis Medicine & Life Sciences
Apnea Medicine & Life Sciences

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Research Output 2011 2017

  • 114 Citations
  • 5 h-Index
  • 8 Article
  • 1 Chapter
Open Access
Domestic Animals
Neurodevelopmental Disorders
Oculocerebral hypopigmentation syndrome type Preus

Sleep-disordered breathing and cognitive functioning in preschool children with and without Down syndrome

Joyce, A. & Dimitriou, D. 26 Apr 2017 (Accepted/In press) In : Journal of Intellectual Disability Research. (in press), p. (in press)

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

Sleep Apnea Syndromes
Preschool Children
Equipment and Supplies
1 Citations

Supernatural Belief Is Not Modulated by Intuitive Thinking Style or Cognitive Inhibition.

Farias, M., van Mulukom, V., Kahane, G., Kreplin, U., Joyce, A., Soares, P., Oviedo, L., Hernu, M., Rokita, K., Savulescu, J. & Möttönen, R. 8 Nov 2017 In : Scientific Reports. 7, 15100

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

Open Access
9 Citations

Prevalence and predictors of obstructive sleep apnea in young children with Down syndrome

Hill, C. M., Evans, H., Elphick, H., Farquhar, M., Pickering, R. M., Kingshott, R., Martin, J., Reynolds, J., Joyce, A., Rush, C., Gavlak, J. & Gringras, P. 22 Oct 2016 In : Sleep Medicine. (in press)

Research output: ResearchArticle

Open Access
Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Weights and Measures
7 Citations
Open Access
Task Performance and Analysis
Behavioral Medicine
Developmental Disabilities