Current research

We have a wide range of ongoing research projects. If you are interested in taking part, please click on the link on our homepage or below to email the lab and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

For children / adolescents


Brain function and behaviour in Developmental Coordination Disorder: insight into co-occurring difficulties

This project is funded by The Waterloo Foundation.

As well as motor difficulties, children with DCD also have problems in a wide range of other skills, including processing rapidly-changing visual information (e.g., when moving around the environment), speaking and understanding language. One shared problem that could result in these different symptoms is a difficulty in putting information or movements into an effective sequence.

This study will be the first to investigate sequencing in DCD across a wide range of tasks, utilising not only behavioural outcomes but also brain responses. Finding out more about the way that the brain is functioning in DCD is important in helping us to understand the causes and, therefore, treatments for individuals in the future.

We are recruiting children aged 7-10 with/without a diagnosis of DCD/dyspraxia. Children with language problems or a diagnosis of Language Disorder can take part. Participation will involve visiting the University of Surrey, and travel expenses can be reimbursed.


Executive function and internalizing problems in adolescents with and without Developmental Coordination Disorder

We know that adolescents with DCD often have difficulties with high-level thinking abilities, such as planning and memory.  They also often report increased symptoms of anxiety and depression compared to others their age without the disorder. The current project aims to investigate this further by understanding how these difficulties may be related to each other in those with and without DCD.

We are recruiting adolescents aged 8-15 with/without a diagnosis of DCD/dyspraxia. For this project, we cannot include children with any secondary diagnoses. Participation will involve completing an online survey (both the adolescent, and one parent).


For adults 


Parenting stress in parents of children with/without Developmental Coordination Disorder

We know that parents of children with neurodevelopmental disorders, such as autism or attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder, often report higher level of stress than other parents. However, very little research has investigated parenting stress in parents of children with DCD.

In this study, we will ask parents to complete some questionnaires about their parenting stress, social support, confidence in their role as parent and their child’s motor ability and behaviour.

You can take part if your child is aged between 5 and 12, and has a diagnosis of Developmental Coordination Disorder / Dyspraxia. 

Please find below the link to the survey if you would like to participate in the study:

If you have any questions or experience any issues with the survey, please email Ana at



Motor response inhibition in adults with / without Developmental Coordination Disorder

Research has shown that children with DCD demonstrate difficulties inhibiting motor responses. This difficulty has been measured as both slower task completion times, and also less accurate performance on inhibition tests. However, little research has been done on the inhibitory control of adults with DCD, and how inhibition difficulties may play a role in DCD in adulthood.

We are recruiting adults aged 18+ with and without a diagnosis of DCD/Dyspraxia. Unfortunately, we cannot include participants with any additional or secondary diagnoses. Participation will consist of a single session at the University of Surrey, which will take approximately 90 minutes.

For more information about this study, please contact Will Mayes on



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