Dr Stacey Bissell BSc, MRes, PhD

Dr Stacey Bissell

School of Psychology
Research Fellow

Dr Stacey Bissell is a Research Fellow at the Richards Lab, working under the supervision of Dr Caroline Richards. Her research focuses on early developmental profiles in young children with neurodevelopmental disorders and the impact of sleep disorders, epilepsy severity and autism characteristics on the presentation of externalising behaviours (e.g., self-injury, aggression, temper outbursts). Her current work explores the profile of sleep and behaviour in children with tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC) using actigraphy and mobile app technology.


2014 – 2018                        PhD Psychology University of Birmingham
2013 – 2014                        MRes Clinical Psychology University of Birmingham
2010 – 2013                        BSc Psychology with Honours, Class I University of Birmingham


Dr Bissell graduated from the University of Birmingham in 2013 with an undergraduate degree in Psychology. Her MRes research project investigated the behavioural phenotype of Potocki-Lupski syndrome under the supervision of Prof Chris Oliver and Dr Lucy Wilde at the Cerebra Centre for Neurodevelopmental Disorders. From 2014 – 2018, Stacey was co-funded by Cerebra and the Tuberous Sclerosis Association to explore behaviours in children with TSC at the Cerebra Centre for Neurodevelopmental Disorders. Having completed her PhD, Dr Bissell is currently funded by the Baily Thomas Charitable Fund to continue TSC behavioural research at the Richards Lab, University of Birmingham.

Postgraduate supervision

Dr Bissell currently co-supervises a number of MSci, MRes and MSc students at the Richards Lab under the supervision of Dr Caroline Richards.


Dr Bissell is affiliated with a number of research projects that broadly focus on three main research areas:

  1. Sleep and behaviour in rare genetic syndrome groups associated with intellectual disability and caregiver experiences of sleep management difficulties (e.g., Smith-Magenis syndrome, TSC).
  2.  Early developmental profiles in young children with and without neurodevelopmental disorders (e.g., behaviours in young children with TSC compared to typical development).
  3. Behavioural phenotype research in rare genetic syndrome groups (e.g., Kleefstra syndrome, Potocki-Lupski syndrome, SATB2-associated syndrome).

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Other activities

Affiliate member of the Midlands Sleep Group (Midlands sleep research network).
Affiliate member of the Smith-Magenis syndrome Foundation UK Scientific and Clinical Advisory Group.


Watkins, A., Bissell, S., Moss, J., Oliver, C., Clayton-Smith, J., Haye, L., ... & Welham, A. (2019). Behavioural characteristics in Pitt Hopkins syndrome: A comparison with Angelman and Cornelia de Lange syndromes. Journal of Neurodevelopmental Disorders, 11(1), 24.

Bissell, S., Wilde, L., Richards, C., Moss, J., & Oliver, C. (2018). The behavioural phenotype of Potocki-Lupski syndrome: A cross-syndrome comparison. Journal of Neurodevelopmental Disorders10(1), 2.

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