Sophie Brigstocke
Educational Psychologist and Lecturer

Profile

Biography

Sophie completed a PhD on number processing and arithmetic in children with Down Syndrome and 22q11.2 deletion in 2009, funded by the ESRC. This was completed at the University of York and supervised by Professor Charles Hulme. Before this she worked as a Research Fellow on a project investigating Reading, Language and Numerical Development in children with Down Syndrome, funded by the Health Foundation whilst studying for an MSC in Reading, Language and Cognition within the department. She completed her undergraduate degree in Linguistics at the University of Newcastle. Sophie currently teaches on the MSc in Developmental Disorders and Clinical Practice and is leader for the Assessment and Treatment of Developmental Disorders module. Sophie is an HCPC registered Educational Psychologist and regularly conducts private assessments with child in the York Educational Assessment Clinic (YEAC) which is located within the department. She is also a guest lecturer for HYMS on an ad hoc basis. 

Research

Overview

Sophie's research interests are the number skills in children with Down syndrome and 22q11 deletion syndrome compared to typical development.

Grants

  • £1300 ESRC Impact Acceleration Rapid Response Fund grant to investigate the efficacy of an Academic Resilience Programme with primary school pupils in conjunction with the Esk Valley Teaching Alliance and North Yorkshire County Council.
  • £1200 Impact Fund (2014) to develop an online workbook for children with ADHD in collaboration with Limetrees CAMHS
  • £600 Rapid Response Fund (2014) to develop video materials for the MSC in Developmental Disorders and Clinical Practice.
  • Summer Bursary Students award to investigate the Home Numeracy Environment and its relation to preschool maths attainment 

Teaching

Postgraduate

  • MSc Developmental Disorders 

Publications

Selected publications

  • Forrest, C & Brigstocke, S (under review). 'I Can Do Anything!' Investigating the feasibility of a web-based psychoeducational workbook for children and adolescents with attention difficulties and ADHD." Child and Adolescent Mental Health
  • Tobia, Brigstocke & Snowling (2016). Developmental Changes in the Cognitive and Educational Profiles of Children and Adolescents with 22q11.2 Deletion Syndrome. Child: Care, Health and Development.
  • Hulme, C., Goetz, K., Brigstocke, S., Nash, H. M., Lervåg, A. and Snowling, M. J. (2011), The growth of reading skills in children with Down Syndrome. Developmental Science. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-7687.2011.01129.x
  • Number and arithmetic skills in children with Down syndrome (2008). Sophie Brigstocke, Charles Hulme and Joanna Nye Down Syndrome Online is published by Down Syndrome Education International
  • Goetz, K., Brigstocke, S., Hulme, C & Snowling, M. (2008)Training reading and phoneme awareness skills in children with Down syndrome . Reading and Writing V21 (4), Springer, Netherlands.
  • Hulme, C, Caravolas, M., Malkova, G. & Brigstocke, S. (2005) Phoneme isolation ability is not simply a consequence of letter-sound knowledge. Cognition, 97, B1-B11.

Books and chapters

  • Brigstocke, S., Moll, K., & Hulme, C. (2016) Test of Number and Arithmetic Skills (TOBANS) Oxford University Press. ISBN: 978-0-19-836708-6 

Conference Presentations

  • I Can do anything ‘ A pilot study into the effectiveness of an interactive-psychoeducational tool for children and adolescents with attention difficulties. Presentation delivered by Andrea Edde at the World Congress on Brain Behaviour and Emotions, Brazil  (2016)
  • I Can do anything ‘ A pilot study into the effectiveness of an interactive-psychoeducational tool for children and adolescents with attention difficulties. Presentation with Claire at the York Mental Health Networking Day, York Hospital (2016)
  • September 2015   Down Syndrome Research Trust International Conference, UCL, UK.
  • Invited task on Number Skills in Children with Down Syndrome. 
  • The Cognitive Profile, Education and Mental Health in children with 22q11 deletion syndrome. Presentation at the York Mental Health Networking Day, York Hospital (2012)
  • Number Skills in Children with 22q Deletion Syndrome and Down Syndrome (2009). Invited paper presented at the EARLI Advanced Study Colloquium (ASC) on 'Cognitive Neuroscience meets mathematics education', Bruges.
  • Education in Children with 22q Deletion Syndrome: The Results of a Parent and Teacher Questionnaire (2009). Invited paper presented at the Max Appeal Conference, Imperial College, London.
  • Number Skills in Children with Down Syndrome (2008). Invited paper presented with Charles Hulme at the Down Syndrome Research Directions Symposium, Portsmouth, 2007.
  • Number Skills in Children with 22q11.2 Deletion Syndrome. Paper presented at the Max Appeal Conference, 2006, Leicester.
  • Number Skills in Children with 22q11.2 Deletion Syndrome. Poster presented at the International 22q11.2 Conference (2006), Strabourg.
  • Reading, Language and Number Skills in Children with Down Syndrome. Paper presented with Kristina Herden at the UK Down Syndrome Educational Trust Research Forum, Portsmouth, 2004.

External activities

Memberships

  • Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society
  • Member of PATOSS
  • HPCP Registered Educational Psychologist

Invited talks and conferences

  • Keynote: A Framework to Support Whole School Approaches to Mental Health and Wellbeing.

  • Workshop: Supporting staff wellbeing. 1st April, 2019. Mental Health Champions in Schools Conference, Learning Development Centre, North Lincolnshire

  • Keynote: Developing Pupils Resilience within Schools. 5th October 2018. Child Mental Health in Schools 2018 Conference, Albert Hall, Nottingham

  • Workshop: Supporting Pupils with Attachment Difficulties, 15th November 2018, OAT Academy Trust Annual Conference, Nottingham


Outside interests

  • Part time (0.2FTE) Schools Engagement  and Youth Mental Health Trainer, The Anna Freud Centre, London

Contact details

Dr Sophie Brigstocke
Educational Psychologist and Lecturer
Department of Psychology
Room PS/C127
Lab 1, Wolfson Suite, Berrick Saul Building

Tel: 01904 328142 / 322911