Professor Derek Moore

Research Interests


Derek has undertaken longitudinal studies of typical development and across a range of neurodevelopmental difficulties. He has explored many domains of development across a range of ages spanning the pre-natal to adolescent periods. He is employing this knowledge and experience to develop new ways of representing, modelling and conceptualizing “development itself.” His aim is to generate theoretical models that facilitate more effective, better targeted and theoretically underpinned interventions. He has been involved in projects as PI and co-I to the value of over £4m and has been funded by ESRC, NiH (NiDA) NIHR, Welcome trust and the Nuffield foundation. He is a reviewer for many journals and grant givers.

Recent work

Derek has recently published world-first work on the impact of socio-economic status on early neuro-cognitive development in infants using behavioural and EEG measures. He is also publishing data on new approaches to assessment and intervention, using infant eye-tracking methods in children’s centres. He has also published world-first data on the effects of pre-natal ecstasy (MDMA) use on early motor development in human infants; and is developing new approaches to modelling the social and cognitive development of infants with neurodevelopmental difficulties using the ACORNS system he has developed. He is also currently involved in the assessment of large-scale public health interventions and the impact of the Olympics on adolescents.

Public engagement

Derek is active in influencing early years policy and third sector approaches to child development. He is an “early years champion” for the Wave trust, and an invited attendee and contributor to the All Party Parliamentary Group on conception to age two; and has been on research advisory boards for a number of charities.

Departmental Duties

Derek is Head of the School of Psychology.

Recent Publications

Singer, L. T., Moore, D. G., Min, M. O., Goodwin, J., Turner, J. J., Fulton, S., & Parrott, A. C. (2016). Motor delays in MDMA (ecstasy) exposed infants persist to 2years. Neurotoxicology and Teratology, 54, 22-28.

Tomalski, P., Moore, D. G., Ballieux, H., Kushnerenko, E. V., Johnson, M. H., & Karmiloff-Smith, A. (2016). Separating the effects of ethnicity and socio-economic status on sleep practices of 6-to 7-month-old infants. Learning and Individual Differences, 46, 64-69.

Ballieux, H., Wass, S. V., Tomalski, P., Kushnerenko, E., Karmiloff-Smith, A., Johnson, M. H., & Moore, D. G. (2016). Applying gaze-contingent training within community settings to infants from diverse SES backgrounds. Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, 43, 8-17.

Frostick, C., Phillips, G., Renton, A., & Moore, D. (2016). The Educational and Employment Aspirations of Adolescents from Areas of High Deprivation in London. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 1-15.

Ballieux, H., Tomalski, P., Kushnerneko, E., Johnson, M. H., Karmiloff‐Smith, A., & Moore, D. G. (2016). Feasibility of Undertaking Off‐Site Infant Eye‐Tracking Assessments of Neuro‐Cognitive Functioning in Early‐Intervention Centres. Infant and Child Development, 25(1), 95-113.

Singer, L. T., Moore, D. G., Min, M. O., Goodwin, J., Turner, J. J., Fulton, S., & Parrott, A. C. (2015). Developmental outcomes of 3, 4‐methylenedioxymethamphetamine (ecstasy)‐exposed infants in the UK. Human Psychopharmacology: Clinical and Experimental, 30(4), 290-294.

Neil R Smith, Daniel J Lewis, Amanda Fahy, Sandra Eldridge, Stephanie J.C. Taylor, Derek G Moore, Charlotte Clark, Stephen A Stansfeld and Steven Cummins (2015) Individual socio-demographic factors and perceptions of the environment as determinants of inequalities in adolescent physical and psychological health : the Olympic Regeneration in East London (ORiEL) study. BMC Public Health

Moore, D.G. & George, R. (2015) ACORNS: a tool for visual modelling of causes and outcomes in neuro-developmental disorders. Chapter in forthcoming book: Neurodevelopmental Disorders: Research Challenges and Solutions. Deborah Riby and Jo Van Herwegen (Eds). Routledge Psychology Press.

Parrott, A. C., Moore, D. G., Turner, J. J., Goodwin, J., Fulton, S., Min, M. O., & Singer, L. T. (2014). MDMA and heightened cortisol: a neurohormonal perspective on the pregnancy outcomes of mothers who used ‘Ecstasy’ during pregnancy. Human Psychopharmacology 01/2014; 29(1):1-7. DOI:10.1002/hup.2342

Turner, J. J., Parrott, A. C., Goodwin, J., Moore, D. G., Fulton, S., Min, M. O., & Singer, L. T. (2014). Psychiatric profiles of mothers who take Ecstasy/MDMA during pregnancy: Reduced depression 1 year after giving birth and quitting Ecstasy. Journal of Psychopharmacology, 28(1), 55-61. doi: 10.1177/0269881113515061

Phillips, G., Bottomley, C., Schmidt, E., Tobi, P., Lais, S., Yu, G., ... Moore, D. G... & Renton, A. (2014). Well London Phase-1: results among adults of a cluster-randomised trial of a community engagement approach to improving health behaviours and mental well-being in deprived inner-city neighbourhoods. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health  doi:10.1136/jech-2013-202505

Phillips, G., Bottomley, C., Schmidt, E., Tobi, P., Lais, S., Yu, G., .. Moore, D. G... & Renton, A. (2014). Measures of exposure to the Well London Phase-1 intervention and their association with health well-being and social outcomes. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health doi:10.1136/jech-2013-202507

Tomalski P., Moore D.G , Ribeiro H., Axelsson E.L., Murphy E., Karmiloff-Smith A., Johnson M.H. & Kushnerenko E  (2013). Resting brain EEG activity of 6- to 9-month-old infants is associated with parental socio-economic  status. Special issue  Developmental Science 16(5), 676-687. DOI: 10.1111/desc.12079

Kushnerenko E, Tomalski P, Ballieux H, Potton A, Birtles D, Frostick C and Moore DG (2013) Brain responses and looking behavior during audiovisual speech integration in infants predict auditory speech comprehension in the second year of life. Frontiers in Psychology; Language Sciences. 4:432. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2013.00432

Elena V Kushnerenko, Przemyslaw Tomalski, Haiko Ballieux, Anita Potton, Deidre Birtles, Caroline Frostick, & Derek G Moore (2013). Brain responses to audiovisual speech mismatch in infants are associated with looking behaviour strategies. European Journal of Neuroscience. 06/2013; 109:1431-1436.

Watts, P., Phillips, G., Petticrew, M., Hayes, R., Bottomley, C., Yu, G., ... & Renton, A. (2013). Physical Activity in Deprived Communities in London: Examining Individual and Neighbourhood-Level Factors. PLOS ONE, 8(7), e69472.

Tomalski, P., Ribeiro, H., Ballieux, H., Axelsson, E., Murphy, E., Moore, D.G. & Kushnerenko, E. (2013). Exploring early developmental changes in face scanning patterns during the perception of audiovisual mismatch of speech cues. European Journal of Developmental Psychology, 10(5), 611-624. doi:10.1080/17405629.2012.728076

Gemma Phillips, Mark Petticrew, Alizon Draper, Jane Derges, Jane South, Faye Adams-Eaton, Kevin Sheridan, Adrian Renton  and the Well London Trial Investigators Group (2012) What is complexity and what do you do with it? Reflections on using controlled trials to evaluate community engagement interventions.  The Lancet Vol 380, pp65

Smith, N. R., Clark, C., Fahy, A. E., Tharmaratnam, V., Lewis, D. J., Thompson, C., Renton, A., Moore, D.G. et al. (2012). The Olympic Regeneration in East London (ORiEL) study: protocol for a prospective controlled quasi-experiment to evaluate the impact of urban regeneration on young people and their families. BMJ open, 2(4). doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2012-001840

Phillips G., Renton, A. Moore, D.G et al.  (2012) The Well London Programme - a Cluster Randomised Trial of Community Engagement for Improving Health Behaviours and Mental Wellbeing: Baseline Survey Results. Trials 13:105 doi:10.1186/1745-6215-13-105

Singer, L.T., Moore, D.G., Meeyoung O. Min, Fulton, S, Goodwin, J.E.,Turner, J.J.D., & Parrott, A.C. (2012) One Year Outcomes of Infants Exposed to MDMA (Ecstasy) and Other Recreational Drugs During Pregnancy. Pediatrics,  130(3), 1-7  

Lynn T. Singer, Derek G. Moore, Sarah Fulton, Julia Goodwin, John J.D. Turner, Meeyoung O. Min, Andrew C. Parrott. (2012). Neurobehavioral outcomes of infants exposed to MDMA (Ecstasy) and other recreational drugs during pregnancy, Neurotoxicology and Teratology, 34, 303–310.

Moore, D.G., Turner, J.J.T. et al (2011) In-utero exposure to the popular ‘recreational’ drugs  MDMA (Ecstasy) and Methamphetamine (Ice, Crystal): preliminary findings . In Philip Preece and Ed Riley (Eds). Alcohol, Drugs and Medication in Pregnancy: The Outcome For The Child.  John Wiley & Sons. ISBN-10: 1-898683-88-3

Moore, D.G. & George, R. (2011) ACORNS: a tool for the visualisation and modelling of atypical development. Invited  review . Journal of Intellectual Disability Research Volume 55, Issue 10, pages 956–972

Moore, D.G. (2011) Understanding form, movement and meaning in human point-light displays: evidence from the study of infants and children with autism. In: C. Brownell & Slaughter V. (Eds) Body Representation in Early Development. Cambridge Studies in Cognitive and Perceptual Development. Cambridge University Press.

Moore, D.G., Turner, J.J.T., Parrott, A.C, Goodwin, J.E., Fulton, S.E. Min, , M.O., Fox, H.C.,  Braddick, F.M.B., Toplis, A., Axelsson, E.L., Lynch, S., Ribeiro, H.,Frostick, C.J. & Singer L.T. (2010) During pregnancy, recreational drug-using women stop taking ecstasy (MDMA) and reduce alcohol consumption but continue to smoke tobacco and cannabis. Journal of Psychopharmacology 24(9) 1403-1410

Cebula, K, Moore, D.G. & Wishart, J. (2010) Social Cognition in Children with Down’s Syndrome: Challenges to Research and Theory Building.  Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, 54, 113-134

Contact Me

Phone: 01483 68 6933

Find me on campus
Room: 22 AD 02

My office hours

Please contact Amy Moran for an appointment. 

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