Centre for Clinical Brain Sciences

Dr Sinead Rhodes

Dr Sinead Rhodes is a Senior Research Fellow and Associate Principal Investigator. She is interested in the cognitive factors underlying behaviour and learning.

Dr Sinead Rhodes

Senior Research Fellow

  • Deputy Director, SMC Research Centre
  • Child Life and Health, MRC Centre for Reproductive Health
  • Centre for Clinical Brain Sciences

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Research summary

Sinéad is a developmental psychologist who is interested in the cognitive factors underlying behaviour and learning. Her research has principally focused on cognition, especially memory and associated executive functions, in children with neurodevelopmental disorders, including ADHD, ASD and Williams syndrome.

She also examines cognitive factors underlying mental health especially depression and anxiety, and is particularly interested in cognition and depression within the context of neurodevelopmental disorders.    

Sinéad is extensively involved in public engagement activities: she is the founder of the Research the Headlines project and was awarded the 2017 Royal Society of Edinburgh Innovators Public Engagement Prize.

Sinead is an Emeritus member of the Young Academy of Scotland.

Research aims & areas of interest

  • Executive functions in ADHD and Williams syndrome
  • Cognitive predictors of mathematics and literacy in ADHD
  • Effects of stimulant medication on cognition and behaviour in ADHD
  • Tailored interventions to improve learning in ADHD
  • Autobiographical memory, executive control and depression
  • Cognitive factors underlying depression in ASD
  • Social cognition in neurodevelopmental disorders


Group members

Margarita Kanevski – PhD student

Related links

Read more about CCBS research into neurodiversity & neurodevelopment