Dr Emily McDougal

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

  • Salvesen Mindroom Research Centre
  • Centre for Clinical Brain Sciences

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Centre for Clinical Brain Sciences
20 Sylvan Place, room D5.79
Royal Hospital for Sick Kids

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Emily is a Research Fellow in the Salvesen Mindroom Research Centre, and joined the University of Edinburgh in August 2019.

Before coming to Edinburgh, Emily completed her PhD at Durham University with Professor Debbie Riby and Dr Mary Hanley, Centre for Developmental Disorders. Her thesis was titled, "The role of attention in learning for pupils with autism". Her PhD was funded by the ESRC through the North East Doctoral Training Centre.


PhD, Durham University, 2019

MSc Developmental Psychopathology, Durham University, 2015

BSc (Hons) Psychology, University of Essex, 2011

Research summary

Emily is broadly interested in cognition and educational outcomes in typical and atypical development.

Current research interests

Moving forward, Emily is interested in understanding how to best support primary school children who are struggling to learn at school, and in using this empirical work to develop educational and clinical support strategies for these children.

Past research interests

For her PhD, Emily examined the role of attention in learning for pupils with an Autism Spectrum Disorder diagnosis.

Project activity

Development and feasibility of a learning intervention in children with ADHD designed to target executive functionand self-regulation in children referred for ADHD assessment. This project is  funded by the Waterloo Foundation, with Principal Investigators Dr Sinead Rhodes, Dr Josie Booth and Dr Tracy Stewart.