Elisabeth Hill


Elisabeth is Reader in Psychology and Head of Research in the Department of Psychology at Goldsmiths, University of London. Her research concerns cognitive dysfunction across and within neurodevelopmental disorders, particularly autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and developmental coordination disorder (DCD, often referred to as dyspraxia). Elisabeth obtained a BSc (Hons) in Psychology from the University of Lancaster, followed by a PhD at the MRC’s Applied Psychology Unit, Cambridge where she worked with Professor Dorothy Bishop. In her PhD she documented the nature and extent of movement difficulties in children with DCD or with specific language impairment. She then moved to the Department of Experimental Psychology, University of Cambridge, where she worked with Dr. Jim Russell on a project funded by The Wellcome Trust, investigating executive functions in ASD. From there, Elisabeth moved to the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience (UCL) where she worked with Professor Uta Frith on an MRC funded programme grant. Here she focused on a range of cognitive studies of ASD, continuing traditional areas of interest such as mentalising and executive functions, as well as establishing new areas of focus including alexithymia. In 2003 Elisabeth moved to the Department of Psychology at Goldsmiths. Elisabeth is highly active in the international research community, particularly in terms of promoting DCD, and has been instrumental in setting up Movement Matters, an umbrella group focused on promoting the existence of DCD, providing guidance on its assessment and management to families, carers, educators, clinicians and employers as well as informing policy.