Catherine Purcell

Senior Lecturer in Occupational Therapy, Cardiff University

I am senior lecturer in Occupational Therapy with a background in psychology. I specialise in research that explores the link between perception and action in natural contexts, such as driving and road crossing. I have a particular interest in perceptual motor coupling in children and adults with developmental disorders (including Developmental Coordination Disorder, Developmental Language Disorder, Dyslexia, ADHD and ASD) and have been conducting research in this field for the past 10 years.

Currently, I am conducting a study funded by the Rees Jeffrey’s Road Fund exploring whether children with DCD (sometimes referred to as Dyspraxia) benefit from an educational road safety game, that children play using iPads, in the same way as their typically developing peers.

Experience

  • –present
    Senior Lecturer in Occupational Therapy, Cardiff University
  • 2015–2018
    Senior lecturer, University of South Wales
  • 2012–2015
    Senior research fellow, University of South Wales

Education

  • 2012 
    Royal Holloway University of London, PhD
  • 2008 
    University of Durham, MSc Cognitive Neuroscience and Research Methods

Publications

  • 2018
    Understanding the functional mobility of adults with Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD) through the International Classification of Functioning (ICF). , Current Developmental Disorders Reports
  • 2018
    Consensus or contradiction? A review of the current research into the impact of granting extra time in exams to students with Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD). , Journal of Research in Special Educational Needs
  • 2017
    Equity or Advantage? The effect of receiving access arrangements in university exams on Humanities students with Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD)., Journal of Widening Participation and Lifelong Learning
  • 2017
    The use of visually guided behaviour in children with Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD) when crossing a virtual road., Human Movement Science
  • 2017
    Neurodiversity: developing guides to success using participatory research, Making a difference with psychology
  • 2017
    Appropriateness of different pedagogical approaches to road safety education for children with Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD)., Research in Developmental Disabilities
  • 2015
    Implications of DSM-5 for recognising adults with Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD), British Journal of Occupational Therapy
  • 2014
    Diagnosing Developmental Coordination Disorders, Archives of Disease in Childhood
  • 2012
    Reduced looming sensitivity in primary school children with Developmental Coordination Disorder, Developmental Science
  • 2012
    Roadside judgments in children with Developmental Coordination Disorder, Research in Developmental Disabilities