Dr Judith Gentle
I completed my BSc. (Hons) in Psychology, Childhood and Ageing at Reading University in 2009. I was then awarded an ESRC Research Studentship in Psychology Quota Award 1+3 at Oxford Brookes University, and went on to complete an MRes degree in Psychological research in 2010. My PhD focused on walking patterns of individuals with and without DCD and was completed in February 2015. I have been lecturing at The University of Surrey since 2015.
My primary area of interest is Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD), an idiopathic movement disorder defined by the DSM-5 as an impairment of motor coordination significantly affecting everyday activities. DCD impacts areas such as balance, postural control and participation in sport. DCD is often referred to as a 'Cinderella syndrome' due the lack of knowledge about the condition. However, given that DCD affects approximately 5% of the population (DSM-5, APA 2013) this is an area of much needed research as there is still considerable work to be done to investigate the underlying mechanisms of the disorder.
I am currently working with on projects to investigate driving abilities of individuals with and without DCD, the psychosocial impact of movement difficulties and developing strategies to support adults with DCD in educational and work settings.
Postgraduate research supervision
PSY1018 Developmental Psychology with Research methods 1
PSY2014 Cognitive Psychology with Research Methods 2
PSY3082 Psychology and Education
PSYM131 Infant and Child Development
Courses I teach on
Psychology BSc (Hons)
Gentle, J., Wilmut, K., & Barnett, A. (2016) Adaptations to walking on an uneven terrain for individuals with and without Developmental Coordination Disorder. Human Movement Science, 49 346-353
Wilmut, K., Gentle, J., & Barnett, A. (2017) Gait symmetry in individuals with and without Developmental Coordination Disorder. Research in developmental disabilities 60, 107-114