Dr Jayne Spiller

Lecturer in Psychology

Jayne Spiller

School/Department: School of Psychology and Vision Sciences



Dr Jayne Spiller’s primary research interests include sleep in children with neurodevelopmental conditions and children born preterm. In addition, Dr Spiller has an interest in the role of sleep on cognition and mental health, in children with and without neurodevelopmental conditions.

She recently completed a British Academy/Leverhulme funded project, in which she identified a small beneficial effect of learning complex multiplication problems prior to sleep on the recall of complex multiplication problems compared with learning these problems during the daytime.

Prior to her lectureship, Dr Spiller undertook a postdoctoral role within the department of Health Sciences at the University of Leicester working with Professor Samantha Johnson to assess cognitive and academic outcomes in childhood following extremely preterm birth (EPICure2@11 study). Following this appointment she was a postdoctoral researcher at the Centre for Mathematical Cognition at Loughborough University. She worked on projects to include evaluating the role of executive function and specific mathematical skills in overall mathematical attainment and foundational number skills in pre-school children and the role of the home numeracy environment.


My research interests include:

• Assessing sleep using subjective and objective measures and its implications for cognition and mental health in the general child population and in clinical paediatric populations

• Neurodevelopmental and academic outcomes following extremely preterm birth

• Mathematical cognition in typical and atypical populations.

Funding awarded: Trickett J. (PI) & Gilmore C. Multiplication and sleep- does learning before sleep improve recall? British Academy/Leverhulme Small Research Grants (£9876)

I was accepted onto the British Academy of Childhood Disability-Castang Fellowship scheme in January 2019. This two-year training scheme provided training and support to apply for a research grant in the area of childhood neurodisability. 


  1. Hamilton A., Joyce, A., Spiller J., (2023) Recommendations for assessing and managing sleep problems in children with neurodevelopmental conditions. Current Developmental Disorder Reports.1-12


  2. Spiller, J., Clayton, S., Cragg, L., Johnson, S., Simms, V. & Gilmore, C. (2023). Higher level domain specific skills in mathematics; the relationship between algebra, geometry, executive function skills and mathematics achievement. PLOS ONE. 18(11), e0291796.


  3. Spiller, J. & Gilmore, C. (In Press). Positive impact of sleep on recall of multiplication facts. Royal Society Open Science10(9),


  4. Agar, G. Oliver, C., Spiller, J., Richards, C. (2023) The developmental trajectory of sleep in children with Smith-Magenis syndrome compared to typically developing peers: A three-year follow-up study. Sleep Advances. 4(1), zpad034.


  5. Trickett, J., Batchelor, S., Brittle, B., Foulkes, M., Pickering, J., Slocombe, F & Gilmore, C. (2022) The Role of Parent-led and Child-led Home Numeracy Activities in Early Mathematical Skills. Cognitive Development, 63, 101189,


  6. Trickett, J.; Hill, C.; Austin, T.; Johnson, S. (2022) The Impact of Preterm Birth on Sleep through Infancy, Childhood and Adolescence and Its Implications. Children, 9, 626.


  7. Trickett, J., Bernardi, M., Fahy, A., Lancaster, R., Larsen, J., Ni, Y., Suonpera, E., Wolke, D., Marlow, N., & Johnson, S. (2022) Neuropsychological abilities underpinning academic attainment in children born extremely preterm. Child Neuropsychology, 28(6), 746-767. DOI: 10.1080/09297049.2021.2014433


  8. Trickett, J., Bernardi, M., Fahy, A., Lancaster, R., Larsen, J., Ni, Y., ... & Johnson, S. (2021). Disturbed sleep in children born extremely preterm is associated with behavioural and emotional symptoms. Sleep Medicine, 85, 157-165.


  9. Ni, Y., Lancaster, R., Suonpera, E., Bernardi, M., Fahy, A., Larsen, J., Trickett, J., Hurst, J., Wolke, D., Johnson, S., & Marlow, N. (2021). Growth in extremely preterm children born in England in 1995 and 2006: the EPICure studies. Archives of Disease in Childhood-Fetal and Neonatal Edition. doi: 10.1136/archdischild-2020-321107


  10. Marlow, N. Ni, Y., Lancaster, R., Suonpera, E., Bernardi, M., Fahy, A., Larsen, J., Trickett, J., Hurst, J., Morris, J., Wolke, D., & Johnson, S. (2021). No change in neurodevelopment at 11-years after extremely preterm birth. Archives of Disease in Childhood: Fetal & Neonatal, doi: 10.1136/archdischild-2020-320650


  11. Trickett, J., Gilmore, C., Cragg, L., Clayton, S., Marlow, N., Simms, V., & Johnson, S. (2021). No Excess of Mathematics Anxiety in Adolescents Born Very Preterm. Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, 42(3), 220-226.


  12. Agar, G., Oliver, C., Trickett, J., Licence, L., & Richards, C. (2020). Sleep disorders in children with Angelman and Smith-Magenis syndromes: The assessment of potential causes of disrupted settling and night time waking. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 97, 103555.


  13. Trickett, J., Oliver, C., Heald, M., Denyer, H., Surtees, A., Clarkson, E., ... & Richards, C. (2020). Sleep in children with Smith–Magenis syndrome: a case–control actigraphy study. SLEEP, 43(4), zsz260.


  14. Trickett, J., Oliver, C., Heald, M., Denyer, H., Surtees, A., Clarkson, E., ... & Richards, C. (2019). Multi-method assessment of sleep in children with Angelman syndrome: A case-controlled study. Frontiers in Psychiatry, 10, 874, doi:10.3389/fpsyt.2019.00874


  15. Surtees, A. D., Richards, C., Clarkson, E. L., Heald, M., Trickett, J., Denyer, H., ... & Oliver, C. (2019). Sleep problems in autism spectrum disorders: A comparison to sleep in typically developing children using actigraphy, diaries and questionnaires, Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders. 67, 101439.


  16. Trickett, J., Heald, M., Oliver, C., & Richards, C. (2018). A cross-syndrome cohort comparison of sleep disturbance in children with Smith-Magenis syndrome, Angelman syndrome, autism spectrum disorder and tuberous sclerosis complex. Journal of Neurodevelopmental Disorders, 10(1), 1-14.


  17. Trickett, J., Heald, M., & Oliver, C. (2017). Sleep in children with Angelman syndrome; parents' concerns and priorities. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 69, 105-115.



I am happy to supervise PhD students in any of the areas of my research interests in particular on sleep in children.


I teach on topics related to Developmental Psychology, sleep and memory and numerical cognition.

Press and media

I am happy to discuss sleep in children with neurodevelopmental conditions


British Psychological Society Developmental Section Neil O'Connor award


PhD in Psychology: University of Birmingham

MRes in Clinical Psychology: University of Birmingham

BSc (Hons) in Psychology: University of Bath

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