Dr Sinead Rhodes

Senior Research Fellow, Child Life and Health & Centre for Clinical Brain Sciences


2008: Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), University of Dundee, Neuropsychopharmacology of ADHD

1996: Master of Letters, University College Dublin

1993: Bachelor of Arts, University College Dublin

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