I have been a Lecturer in the School of Psychology, Newcastle University since March 2008. I teach on the BSc (Hons) Psychology and the MSc Psychology (Foundation in Clinical & Health Psychology) degrees. I supervise postgraduate PhD and DClinPsy students. You can find out more about my teaching committments / roles in the Teaching tab.
In terms of research, I focus on socio-cognitive development in typical and atypical development. My research focuses on the neuro-developmental disorders of Williams syndrome (WS) and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). I am specifically interested in face perception: The ability to perceive and interpret facial signals such as expressions of emotion or shifts of eye gaze. I am very interested in the social importance of competent face processing - for example using faces to make judgements of trust and approachability. In some disorders of development individuals have real problems with this type of face cue. Most recently, I have been looking at gaze behaviours in naturalistic interactions - moving away from computer-based tasks for a while to study real life interaction styles in typical and atypical development. You can find out more about my research and publications in the Research tab.
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WE WILL BE RUNNING A SEMINAR SERIES FUNDED BY THE BPS WITH KINGSTON UNIVERSITY AND THE INSTITUTE OF EDUCATION IN 2012-2013 ENTITLED:
'Neuro-developmental disorders: Exploring sensitive methods of assessment across development
As mentioned in the Profile tab, my research focuses typical and atypical socio-cognitive development; specifically in Williams syndrome and Autism Spectrum Disorder. It is worth remembering that to understand what is 'different' in these neuro-developmental disorders we also have to understand what we mean by 'typical' in the general population.
Across various different project I collaborate with Prof. Gwyneth Doherty-Sneddon (Northumbria University), Prof. Peter Hancock (Stirling University), Dr. Elisa Back (Kingston University), Dr. Sinead Rhodes (Strathclyde University), Dr. Colin Hamilton (Northumbria University), and Prof. Kim Cornish (Monash University). As well as these external collaborations I work closely with Prof. Vicki Bruce and Dr. Jacqui Rodgers from Newcastle University.
£2,700 Williams syndrome Foundation - Sound experiences of individuals with WS (from Winter 2012)
£3,000 British Psychological Society Research Seminar Series grant: 'Neurodevelopmental disorders: Exploring sensitive methods of assessment across development' to J Van Herwegen, E Farran and D Riby (series to run 2012-2013)
£7,468 British Academy - 'Can individuals with Williams syndrome make social evaluations from faces? The assessment of trust and links to approachability' 2011-
£7,500 Nuffield Foundation - 'The role of attention mechanisms in the gaze behaviour of individuals with Williams syndrome' to DR (from Jan 09)
£258,000 ESRC - ‘Cognitive load in face-to-face interactions: Evidence from neuro-developmental disorders’ to G Doherty-Sneddon & D Riby. July 2008 (from December 2008)
£80,712 ESRC - ‘Applying Eye Tracking to the Exploration of Social Functioning in Autism and Williams syndrome’. To P Hancock & D Riby Jan 07-Feb 08. Grant Report Rating - 'Outstanding'.
Below is a comprehensive list of my publications - some of these can also be found in the Publications tab (but for various reasons I cannot get them all to show in there!):
Peer reviewed journal articles
Little, K., Riby, D. M., Janes, E., Fleck, R., Clark, F., & Rodgers, J. (2013). Heterogeneity of Social Approach Behaviours in Williams syndrome. Research in Developmental Disorders.
Doherty-Sneddon, G., Whittle, L., & Riby, D. M. (2013). Gaze Aversion during Social Interactions in Autism Spectrum Disorder and Williams syndrome. Research in Developmental Disorders, 34, 616–626.
Hanley, M., McPhilips, M., Mulhern, G., & Riby, D. M. (2012). Spontaneous attention to faces in Asperger Syndrome using ecologically valid. Autism. DOI: 10.1177/1362361312456746
Slessor, G., Riby, D. M., & Finnerty, A. N. (2012). Age-related Differences in Processing Face Configuration: The Importance of the Eye Region. Journal of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences. DOI: 10.1093/geronb/gbs059
Riby, D. M., Doherty-Sneddon, G., & Whittle, L. (2012). Face-to-Face Interference in Typical and Atypical Development. Developmental Science, 15, 281–291
Doherty-Sneddon, G., Riby, D. M., & Whittle, L. (2012). Gaze Aversion as a Cognitive Load Management Strategy in Autism and Williams syndrome. Journal of Child Psychology & Psychiatry, 53, 420-30.
Riby, D. M., Brown, P. H., Jones, N., & Hanley, M. (2012). Faces cause less distraction in Autism. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. 42, 634-639.
Riby, D. M., Whittle, L., & Doherty-Sneddon, G. (2012). Physiological Reactivity to Faces via Live and Video Mediated Communication in Typical and Atypical Development. Journal of Clinical & Experimental Neuropsychology. 34, 385-95.
Riby, D. M., Janes, E., & Rodgers, J. (2012). Exploring the relationship between repetitive behaviours and sensory processing in Williams syndrome. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. 42, 175-180.
Rodgers, J., Riby, D. M., Janes, E., Connolly, B., & McConachie, H. (2012). Anxiety and Repetitive Behaviours in Autism Spectrum Disorders and Williams syndrome: A Cross-syndrome Comparison. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 42, 175-180.
Jawaid, A., Riby, D. M., Owens, J., White, S. W., Tarar, T., & Schulz, P. E. (2012). ‘Too withdrawn’ or ‘too friendly’: considering social vulnerability in two neuro-developmental disorders. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research. 56, 335-350.
Quinn, S., O’Hare, & Riby, D. M. (2012). How comparable are children and adults in perceiving an optimal tempo for music? Journal of the Acoustic Society of America. 131, 3595-3598.
Rhodes, S. M., Riby, D. M., Fraser, E. M., Campbell, L. E., (2011). The extent of working memory deficits associated with Williams syndrome: Exploration of verbal and spatial domains and executively controlled processes. Brain and Cognition, 77, 208-214.
Riby, D. M., Jones, N., Brown, P. H., Robinson, L., Langton, S. R. H., Bruce, V., & Riby, L. M. (2011). Attention to faces in Williams syndrome. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. 41, 1228-1239.
Rhodes, S., Riby, D. M., Matthews, K., & Coghill, D. R. (2011). ADHD and Williams syndrome: shared behavioural and neuropsychological profiles. Journal of Clinical & Experimental Neuropsychology, 33, 147–156.
Riby, D. M., & Back, E. (2010). Can individuals with Williams syndrome interpret mental states from moving faces? Neuropsychologia, 48, 1914–1922.
Rhodes, S., Riby, D. M., Park, J., Fraser, E., Campbell, L. E. (2010). Neuropsychological functioning and executive control in WS. Neuropsychologia, 48, 1216-1226.
Doherty-Sneddon, G., Riby, D. M., Calderwood, L., & Whittle, L. (2010).Visual cues of communication in children. Enfance, 3, 339-354.
Riby, D. M. (2010). Show me your eyes: Evidence from Williams syndrome. Visual Cognition. 18, 801-815.
Jawaid, A., Riby, D. M., Egridere, S., Schmolck, H., Kass, J. S., & Schulz, P. E. (2010). Approachability in Williams Syndrome. Neuropsychologia, 48, 1521-1523.
Doherty-Sneddon, G., Riby, D. M., Calderwood, L., & Ainsworth, L. (2009). Stuck on you: Face-to-face arousal and gaze aversion in Williams syndrome. Cognitive Neuropsychiatry, 14, 510-523.
Riby, D. M., Riby, L. M., & Reay, J. (2009). Differential sensitivity to rotations of facial features in the Thatcher illusion. Psychological Reports, 105, 721-726.
Riby, D. M., & Doherty, M. J. (2009). Tracking eye movements proves informative for the study of gaze direction detection in autism. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders. 3, 723-733.
Riby, D. M., & Hancock, P. J. B. (2009). Looking at Movies and Cartoons: Eye-tracking evidence from Williams syndrome and Autism. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research. 53, 169–181.
Riby, D. M., & Hancock, P. J. B. (2009). Do faces capture the attention of individuals with Williams syndrome or Autism? Evidence from tracking eye movements. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. 39, 421-431.
Riby, D. M., Doherty-Sneddon, G., & Bruce, V. (2009). The eyes or the mouth? Feature salience and unfamiliar face processing in Williams syndrome and autism. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 62, 189–203.
Saito, S., Jarrold, C., & Riby, D. M. (2009). Exploring the forgetting mechanisms in working memory: Evidence from a reasoning span task. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 62, 1401 – 1419.
Riby, D. M., & Hancock, P. J. B. (2008) Viewing it differently: Social scene perception in Williams syndrome and Autism. Neuropsychologia. 46, 2855–2860.
Riby, D. M., Doherty-Sneddon, G., & Bruce, V. (2008). Exploring face perception in disorders of development: Evidence from Williams syndrome and autism. Journal of Neuropsychology: Special edition Face Perception, 2, 47-64.
Riby, L. M., McLaughlin, J., & Riby, D. M. (2008). Lifestyle, glucose regulation and cognitive enhancing properties of glucose load in middle-aged adults. British Journal of Nutrition, 100, 1128-1134.
Riby, D. M., Doherty-Sneddon, G., & Bruce, V. (2008). Atypical unfamiliar face processing in Williams syndrome: What can it tell us about typical familiarity effects? Cognitive Neuropsychiatry, 13, 47-58.
Brock, J., Jarrold, C., Farran, E. K., Laws, G., & Riby, D. M. (2007). Do children with Williams syndrome really have good vocabulary knowledge? Methods for comparing cognitive and linguistic abilities in developmental disorders. Clinical Linguistics and Phonetics, 21, 673-688.
Langton, S. R. H., O'Donnell, C., Riby, D. M. & Ballantyne, C. J. (2006). Gaze cues influence the allocation of attention in natural scene viewing. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 59, 2056-2064.
Bayliss, D. M., Jarrold, C., Baddeley, A. D., Gunn, D. M., & Leigh, E. (2005). Mapping the developmental constraints on working memory span performance. Developmental Psychology, 41, 579-597.
Bayliss, D., Jarrold, C., Baddeley, A., & Gunn, D. M. (2005). The relationship between short-term memory and working memory: Complex span made simple? Memory, 13, 414-421.
Jarrold, C., Cowan, N., Hewes, A. K., & Riby, D. M. (2004). Speech timing and verbal short-term memory in Down syndrome and Williams syndrome: Evidence for comparable yet contrasting deficits. Journal of Memory and Learning, 51, 365-380.
Gunn, D. M., & Jarrold, C. (2004). Raven's matrices performance in Down Syndrome: Evidence of unusual errors. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 25, 443-457.
Laws, G. & Gunn, D. (2004). Phonological memory as a predictor of language development in Down Syndrome: A five-year follow up study. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 45, 326-337.
Bayliss, D., Jarrold, C., Gunn, D. M., & Baddeley, A. (2003). The complexities of complex span: Explaining individual differences in working memory in children and adults, Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 132, 71-92.
Laws, G. & Gunn, D. (2002). Relationships between reading, phonological skills and language development in individuals with Down syndrome: A five year follow-up study. Reading and Writing: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 15, 527-548.
Edited book chapters
Riby, D. M. (2011). Face Processing and Social Interactions. In E. K. Farran & A. Karmiloff-Smith (Eds). Neurodevelopmental disorders across the lifespan: A Neuroconstructivist approach. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Riby, D. M., Bruce, V., & Jawaid, A. (2011). Everyone’s friend? The case of Williams syndrome. In B. Oakley, A. Knafo, G. Madhavan, & D. S. Wilson (Eds.) Pathological Altruism. Oxford University Press. Chapter 9.
Riby, D. M. & Porter, M. (2010). Williams syndrome. In. J. Holmes (Ed). Developmental Disorders & Interventions: Advances in Child Development and Behavior. Burlington: Academic Press. Chapter 5 (pp. 163-209)
Brock, J., Einav, S., & Riby, D. M. (2008). The other end of the spectrum? Social cognition in Williams syndrome. In V. Reid, & T. Striano (Eds.) Social cognition: Development, Neuroscience and Autism. Oxford: Blackwell.
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I contribute to teaching across the BSc Psychology degree
I am the Stage 2 Teaching Director for the BSc Psychology program
PSY1002: Developmental and Social Psychology (module leader; 10 credits, Stage 1 Semester 1)
PSY1010: Research Methods & Skills 1 (Statistics component leader; 20 Credit module; Stage 1 Sem. 1)
PSY3027: Disorders of Development: A Psychological Perspective (module leader; 20 credits, Stage 3 Sem. 2)
PSY3097: Empirical Project. I supervise approximately 6 final Stage students per year for their empirical project. These projects tend to be on aspects of developmental psychology, especially face perception and social cognition.
I teach and supervise research on the MSc Psychology (Foundations of Clinical & Health Psychology)
PSY8044: Disorders of Development: A Psychological Perspective (module leader; 20 credits, Sem. 2)
PSY8040: Research Apprenticeship (supervision of 1 student, Semester 2, 20 credits)
PSY8037: Dissertation (supervision of 2 students, semester 1-3, 60 credits)
I am a Fellow of the Graduate School, Faculty of Medical Sciences for supervision and examining of postgraduate students.
Karri Gillespie. Face Processing and its’ Relevance when Designing Learning Environments for Pupils with Autism. SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION
Rachel Cole-Fletcher. Visual social cognition in typical and atypical development. 2010-
Joanne Greer. Cognitive Ageing in Williams syndrome. 2010- (part-time)
Nooraini Darus. ADHD and Autism: Executive functions, sensory processing and anxiety. 2011-
Hannah Kirk. Social attention in Williams and Fragile X syndrome. 2012-
Fay Fletcher. Sleep and cognition in neuro-developmental disorders. 2012-
Doctorate in Clinical Psychology Supervision:
Emily Janes. Repetitive behaviours, sensory processing and anxiety associated with Williams syndrome. SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION.
Gemma Hymers. Face to face communication in autistic spectrum disorders. SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION.
Ruth Fleck. Hyperacusis and sensory processing in Williams syndrome. SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION.
Katie Little. Social Profiles in Williams syndrome. SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION.
Fiona Clark. Emotion and anxiety in Williams syndrome. SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION.
Stephanie Albinson. Evaluations of Trust and Paranoid Ideation. 2011-
Tascha Radford. Tactile Sentitivity in Neuro-developmental disorders. 2011 -