NPSM013 Project: Neurodevelopmental disorders


This course has three aims:

1) To acquaint students with the literature on a specific developmental disorder.

2) To provide students with an opportunity to design a specific study to address gaps in that literature.

3) To familiarize students with the format and requirements for submitting a research grant proposal to a major funding agency

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Neuropsychology (jointly with York University) (in English)


Assist. Prof. Maria Tziraki, PhD
Assoc. Prof. Elena Andonova, Ph.D
Asst. Prof. Mihaela Barokova, Ph.D

Course Description:


Students who complete this course:

1) will know:

• The current state of literature on a specific developmental disorder

• The best practices for designing a study with this specific population

2) will be able to:

• Propose a research study, involving children with neurodevelopmental disorders

• To complete the application process for funding for their proposed research study
Enrolment in

Full-time Programmes

Types of Courses:

Language of teaching:


  1. How to pick a research topic? How to conduct a literature review?
  2. Design a research study with a clinical population. Best practices.
  3. Finding a potential source for research funding. How to meet the funding application instructions.


The reading list will depend on the topic that the student chooses for their project. Nevertheless, here are some recommended readings about how to conduct a literature review and how to think about developmental disorders.

Bem, D. J. (1995) Writing a review article for Psycho logical Bulletin. Psychological Bulletin, 118, 172-177.

Bem, D. J. (2004). Writing the empirical journal article. In J. M. Darley, M. P. Zanna, & H. L. Roediger III (Eds.), The compleat academic: A career guide (pp. 185–219). American Psychological Association.

Bishop, D. (2010). Which neurodevelopmental disorders get researched and why? PLoSOne, 5, e15112.

Dennis, E. & Thompson, P. (2013). Typical and atypical brain development: A review of neuroimaging studies. Dialogues in Clinical Neuroscience, 15, 359-384.

Karmiloff-Smith, A (2009). Nativism versus neuroconstructivism: Rethinking the study of developmental disorders. Developmental Psychology, 45, 56-63.

Koppelman, G. H., & Holloway, J. W. (2012). Successful grant writing. Paediatric respiratory reviews, 13(1), 63-66.

Pennington, B. (2009). How neuropsychology informs our understanding of developmental disorders. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 50, 72-78.

Thomas, M. (2016). Understanding delay in developmental disorders. Child Development Perspectives, 10, 73-80.

Yang, O. O. (2012). Guide to effective grant writing: How to write a successful NIH grant application. New York: Springer.