Lucy Wilde is a PhD student, supervised by Professor Chris Oliver, in the Cerebra Centre for Neurodevelopmental disorders based at the University of Birmingham. She is currently in the final year of a project examining atypical social behaviour in the rare genetic disorder Smith Magenis syndrome.
BSc Psychology (Hons) (Cardiff University 2004)
Postgraduate certificate Higher Education Professional Practice (Coventry University 2007)
Lucy graduated from Cardiff University in 2004, having completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology. Prior to joining the Cerebra Centre for Neurodevelopmental Disorders at the University of Birmingham, Lucy worked as a support worker at a specialist college for young people with learning and physical disabilities and then as a lecturer in Psychology at Coventry University where she completed her qualification in learning and teaching in higher education.
Lucy Wilde’s work in the Cerebra Centre at the University of Birmingham looks at behaviour in children with Smith Magenis syndrome a rare genetic disorder affecting around 1 in 25,000 people. People with the syndrome show certain behaviours more often than others with a similar learning disability, for example an unusual interest in technology, strong computer skills and self hugging behaviour when they are excited or pleased. In addition to these types of behaviours there are also some behaviours shown that can be difficult for both those with the syndrome and their carers, including self injury, aggression, impulsivity, attention seeking and sleep problems. Her research focuses on social drive (how much individuals want to be around other people) something that has been linked to some of these difficulties. For example challenging behaviour can result when there is less attention given by other people and a particularly strong preference for certain people has been reported. Behaviour is compared in a group of children with Smith Magenis syndrome and a similar group of children with Down syndrome. The research also looks at some of the other difficult behaviours seen such as impulsivity, sleep disturbance and self injury/aggression.
Smith Magenis syndrome foundation UK professional committee - Associate member
Wilde, L., Moss, J., Nelson, L., Berg, K., Richards, C. & Oliver, C. (2010). Social and repetitive behaviour in Smith Magenis syndrome. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 23, 419–420 (Published abstract)
Wood, C., Jackson, E., Hart, L., Plester, B. and Wilde, L. (2011) The effect of text messaging on 9 and 10 year old children’s reading, spelling and phonological processing skills. Journal of Computer Assisted Learning, 27 (1) 28-36