Dr Hana D'Souza

Bc, Mgr (Masaryk, Czech Republic), PGCert (London), MSc (Oxon), PhD (London)

Fellow (B), Tutor

College Roles

  • Beatrice Mary Dale Research Fellow (B)
  • Assistant Tutor (Undergraduates)
  • Postgraduate Mentor

University Roles

  • Affiliated Lecturer in Department of Psychology


Email: hd425@cam.ac.uk


Dr Hana D’Souza is a developmental psychologist. She currently holds the Beatrice Mary Dale Research Fellowship in Psychology at Newnham College, and is a Visiting Fellow in the Department of Psychology, University of Cambridge. She is also an Associate Research Fellow at the Centre for Brain and Cognitive Development, Birkbeck, University of London.

She completed a Master’s degree with a focus on Clinical Psychology at Masaryk University, Czech Republic. During these studies she spent a year at the University of Toronto. She then obtained an MSc in Psychological Research from the University of Oxford, and subsequently undertook a PhD at Goldsmiths, University of London.

Following her PhD, she became a Postdoctoral Researcher at UCL and at the Centre for Brain and Cognitive Development, Birkbeck, University of London. As part of the London Down Syndrome (LonDownS) Consortium, she has been investigating individual differences and interactions between various domains and levels of description across development in infants and toddlers with Down syndrome. The LonDownS Consortium is a multidisciplinary team of human geneticists, cellular biologists, psychiatrists, psychologists, neuroscientists, and mouse geneticists, whose aim is to understand the link between Down syndrome and Alzheimer’s disease, and to identify protective and risk factors that could inform interventions.

Research Interests

She is interested in the development of attention and motor abilities, and how these interact over developmental time and constrain other domains in typically and atypically developing children. Her research focuses on infants and toddlers with neurodevelopmental disorders of known genetic origin, such as Down syndrome, fragile X syndrome, and Williams syndrome.

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