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Dr Jo Van Herwegen

Senior lecturer in psychology, Kingston University.

Dr Jo Van Herwegen Areas of expertise

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Overview

Dr Van Herwegen's research focuses mainly on language and number development in both typical and atypical children with developmental disorders such as Williams Syndrome, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Down's Syndrome, and Specific Language Impairment. She is specifically interested in individual differences, as well as trying to identify which cognitive abilities and strategies relate to successful performance in children without developmental issues and how these differ in atypical children.

She has had numerous peer-reviewed papers published, contributed to chapters in books and is an occasional reviewer for a number of journals, including the International Journal of Language & Communication Disorders, Journal of Clinical and Experimental Psychology, British Journal of Educational Psychology, Research in Developmental Disabilities, Developmental Science and Journal of Intellectual Disability Research.

Qualifications

Year gained Subject
2010 PhD, 'Metaphor and metonymy comprehension in typically developing children and children with Williams syndrome', King's College, London.
2005 MSc Cognitive Neuropsychology, Birkbeck College, University of London.
2004 MA Psycholinguistics, University of Antwerp, Belgium.
2002 BA in Germanic Languages, University of Antwerp.

Career Highlights

Year Position held
2010 Senior lecturer in psychology, Kingston University.

Research

Language development:

Elsabbagh, M., Hohenberger, A., Campos, R., Van Herwegen, J., Serres, J., de Schoenen, S., Aschersleben, G., & Karmiloff-Smith, A. (2013). Narrowing perceptual sensitivity to the native language in infancy: Exogenous influences on developmental timing. Behavioural Science 3(1), 120-132.

Van Herwegen, J., Dimitriou, D., & Rundblad, G. (2013). Development of novel metaphor and metonymy comprehension in typically developing children and Williams syndrome. Research in Developmental Disabilities 34, 1300-1311.

Naylor, L. & Van Herwegen, J. (2012). The production of figurative language in typically developing children and Williams Syndrome. Research in Developmental Disabilities 33(2), 711-716.

Annaz, D., Van Herwegen, J., Thomas, M., Fishman, R., Karmiloff-Smith, A., & Rundblad, G. (2009). Comprehension of metaphor and metonymy in children with Williams syndrome.  International Journal of Language and Communication Disorders 44(6), 962-978.

Saxton, M., Dockrell, J.E., Bevan, E., & Van Herwegen, J. (2008). Grammaticality judgements of children with and without language delay. In V. Stojanovik & T. Marinis (Eds.), Proceedings of the 30th Child Language Seminar. University of Reading.

Van Herwegen, J. & Karmiloff-Smith, A. (2006). Commentary on Locke, J.L. and Bogin, B. Is it language that makes humans intelligent? Brain and Behavioral Sciences 29, 298-298.

Number development:

Karmiloff-Smith, A., D'Souza, D., Dekker, T., Van Herwegen, J., Xu, F., Rodic, M., & Ansari, D. (2012). Genetic and environmental vulnerabilities: the importance of cross-syndrome comparisons. PNAS 190(2), 17261-17265.

Van Herwegen, J., Ansari, D., Xu, F., & Karmiloff-Smith, A. (2008). Small and large number processing in infants and toddlers with Williams syndrome. Developmental Science 11 (5), 637-643.

Cognitive development in neurodevelopmental disorders:

Farran, E.K., Courbois, Y., Van Herwegen, J., & Blades, M. (2012). How useful are landmarks when learning a route in a virtual environment? Evidence from typical development and Williams syndrome. Journal Of Experimental Child Psychology, 111(4), 571-586.

Farran, E.K., Courbois, Y., Van Herwegen, J., Cruickshank, A., & Blades, M. (2012). Colour as an environmental cue when learning a route in a virtual environment; the use of verbal and visual coding styles in typical development and Williams syndrome. Research in Developmental Disabilities 33(3), 900-908.

Van Herwegen, J., Rundblad, G., Davelaar, E.J., & Annaz, D. (2011). Variability and standardised test profiles in typically developing children and children with Williams syndrome. British Journal of Developmental Psychology 29, 883-894.

Van Herwegen, J., Farran, E., & Annaz, D. (2011). Item and error analysis on Raven's Coloured Progressive Matrices in Williams Syndrome. Research in Developmental Disabilities 32(1), 93-99.

Book Chapters

Thomas, M.S.C., Purser, H. & Van Herwegen, J. (2012). The Developmental Trajectories Approach to Cognition. In E. K. Farran & A. Karmiloff-Smith (Eds). Neurodevelopmental disorders across the lifespan: A Neuroconstructivist approach.  Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Professional Body Membership

Fellow of Higher Academy for Education

Member of Society for Education Studies

 

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