Dr Umar Toseeb



I am a Lecturer in Psychology in Education and a member of the Psychology in Education Research Centre in the Department of Education.

I gained my undergraduate degree and PhD in Psychology from the University of Bradford. Following this, I worked as a Research Associate with Professor Ian Goodyer at the University of Cambridge on the Neuroscience in Psychiatry Network (NSPN) investigating how the adolescent mind and brain develops into early adulthood. I went on to work with with Professor Gina Conti-Ramsden at the University of Manchester as a Research Associate on the Manchester Language Study (MLS), which is a 20 year longitudinal study of children with Developmental Language Disorder. I applied statistical methods such as growth curve modelling, longitudinal trajectory modelling, and path analysis to investigate personal (physical and mental well-being), social, and societal outcomes in adulthood for young people with a history of Developmental Language Disorder. I then took up a lectureship at Manchester Metropolitan University.

I am keen to hear from potential PhD students who are interested in the following:

  • Genetics of language development and disorders
  • Epigenetics of language development and disorders
  • Genetics of sibling bullying in children with Autism
  • Projects involving twin modelling
  • Projects involving behaviour genetics in childhood
  • Developmental Language Disorder
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder



I am interested in understanding Childhood, Developmental Disorders, and Mental Health using data driven quantitative methodological approaches. My main research questions are:

  • How do children develop?
  • How is development different for children with and without developmental disorders?
  • How and why do children with developmental disorders have worse behavioural, mental health, and educational outcomes?

I am currently the Principal Investigator on an ESRC funded project investigating how genetics and a child’s early communicative environment can explain variation in social, emotional, and educational outcomes in children with Developmental Language Disorder. We are applying longitudinal statistical methods to data from the ALSPAC cohort to understand why some children with Developmental Language Disorder have poor social, emotional, and educational outcomes at the end of Primary School.

I am also involved in the analysis and write up of existing data from the Millenium Cohort Study and the Manchester Language Study with a number of national and international collaborators.

Research Key Words: Developmental Language Disorder, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Longitudinal, Epidemiology, Mental Health, Physical Activity, Latent Class Analysis, Growth Curve Modelling, Path Analysis, Latent Trajectory Modelling, Secondary Data Analysis, Millenium Cohort Study, Manchester Language Study, Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children (ALSPAC), Polygenic Risk, Genetics, Genome-wide association studies.

Research group(s)


  • 2016-18 Using Genetic and Environmental Risks to Understand Variation in Social, Emotional, and Educational Outcomes in Individuals with Language Impairments, ESRC Secondary Data Analysis Initiative, Principal Investigator, £201,685
  • 2017-20 Resilience to Adverse Mental Health Outcomes in Children with Language Impairment, MMU, Lead Supervisor, £56,251
  • 2017 Polygenic Risk Scoring in Mental Health Research, Erasmus+, Principal Applicant, €1,700
  • 2016 Barriers to Accessing Support in Black and Minority Ethnic Males, MMU Knowledge Exchange Award, Principal Investigator, £3,495


  • Kathryn Fradley: Resilience to Adverse Mental Health Outcomes in Children with Developmental Language Disorder

External activities


  • I am a member of the Higher Education Academy

Contact details

Department of Education
University of York
YO10 5DD

Tel: +44 (0)1904 323405