Dr Jayne Trickett

Lecturer in Psychology


I completed my PhD in the school of Psychology at the University of Birmingham in sleep in children with neurodevelopmental disorders which included children with rare genetic syndromes. Following my PhD I 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). I was then appointed as postdoctoral researcher at the Centre for Mathematical Cognition at Loughborough University where I was involved in several projects. These included 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. I am leading an on-going project investigating whether timing learning multiplication problems prior to sleep improves retention compared with learning in the morning. I started my role as a lecturer in Psychology at the Department of Neuroscience Psychology and Behaviour in November 2021. 


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

  2. 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.

  3. Trickett, J., Bernardi, M., Fahy, A., Lancaster, R., Larsen, J., Ni, Y., Suonpera, E., Wolke, D., Marlow, N., & Johnson, S. Neuropsychological abilities underpinning academic attainment in children born extremely preterm. Child Neuropsychology. DOI: 10.1080/09297049.2021.2014433

  4. 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.

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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

  11. 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.

  12. 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. 

  13. 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 currently lecture on a third year core module: Brain and Cognition where I introduce students to the topic of numerical cognition. I give a lecture for the optional second year module: Topics in Social and Developmental Psychology. This lecture discusses the research on cognitive profiles of children with neurodevelopmental disorders associated with intellectual disability and the methodological considerations of studies assessing cognition in these populations. I give a lecture for the optional second year module: Topics in cognitive neuroscience on sleep and memory. 

Press and media

I am happy to discuss sleep in children with neurodevelopmental disorders


PhD in Psychology: University of Birmingham

MRes in Clinical Psychology: University of Birmingham

BSc (Hons) in Psychology: University of Bath

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