Leah Bull

 

Doctoral Researcher

School of Psychology

Contact details

School of Psychology
University of Birmingham
Edgbaston
Birmingham
B15 2TT
UK

About

Title of PhD: Cognitive and environmental intervention for temper outbursts in Prader-Willi syndrome

Supervisors: Professor Chris Oliver and Dr Kate Woodcock

Qualifications

BSc Psychology (University of Birmingham)

Biography

Leah completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology at the University of Birmingham. Leah graduated in 2008 and then became a Research Associate at the Cerebra Centre for Neurodevelopmental Disorders. Here she worked with a variety of different developmental disorders including, Angelman syndrome, Cri du Chat and Cornelia de Lange syndrome. Leah helped to compile three books regarding these syndrome groups (see references below). After working as a Research Associate for a year, Leah then went on to do a PhD at the centre starting in 2009.

Research

Research interests

My main area of interest is neurodevelopmental disorders and in particular the behavioural phenotypes of such disorders. The focus of my PhD is the neurodevelopmental disorder, Prader-Willi syndrome (PWS). Specifically I am looking at temper outburst behaviour in Prader-Willi syndrome (PWS) triggered by changes to routines/expectations. My project is aimed at implementing and evaluating both cognitive and environmental interventions to try to reduce the frequency and intensity of temper outburst behaviour in individuals with PWS. Three strategies will be evaluated; a preliminary investigation into a possible early intervention strategy, an applied behavioural analysis intervention and, a cognitive intervention.

Publications

Bull, L.E., Woodcock, K.A., Perry, A., Todd, H., Holland, A.J. & Oliver, C. (2011). Temper Outbursts in Prader-Willi syndrome: Early intervention and environmental management. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, 55, 431. DOI: j. 1365-2788.2011.01474_2.x

Bull, L.E., Woodcock, K. A., Holland, A. & Oliver, C. (2010). Toward an early intervention strategy to reduce temper outburst behaviour in Prader-Willi syndrome. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disability, 23, 431. DOI: 10.1111/j.1468-3148.2010.00582.x

Oliver, C., Moss, J., Petty, J., Tunnicliffe, P., Hastings, R., Howlin, P., Griffith, G., Bull, L.E., Villa, D. & Yip, M. (2009). Understanding and Changing Challenging Behaviour in Angelman Syndrome. Aerocomm Ltd.: Essex

Oliver, C., Moss, J., Petty, J., Tunnicliffe, P., Hastings, R., Howlin, P., Griffith, G., Bull, L.E., Villa, D. & Yip, M. (2009). Understanding and Changing Challenging Behaviour in Cornelia de Lange Syndrome. Aerocomm Ltd.: Essex

Oliver, C., Moss, J., Petty, J., Tunnicliffe, P., Hastings, R., Howlin, P., Griffith, G., Bull, L.E., Villa, D. & Yip, M. (2009). Understanding and Changing Challenging Behaviour in Cri du Chat Syndrome. Aerocomm Ltd.: Essex

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