• Cromore Road, Coleraine Campus

    BT52 1SA Coleraine

    United Kingdom

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Victoria Simms is a developmental psychologist with a specific interest in the development of mathematical thinking in both typically and atypically developing children. Victoria's work also focuses on the long term consequences of preterm birth, specifically cognitive and educational outcomes. Current projects include cross-cultural comparisons of mathematical cognition, the influence of the home environment on early learning and neuro-imaging of mathematical processing.

Victoria completed her PhD in Cognitive Psychology at QUB in 2008. Victoria then worked as a Post-doctoral Research Fellow at a number of institutions (Heriot Watt University, Queen's University Belfast and the University of Leicester) before joining Ulster University in 2013. Victoria was apppointed as Research Director for the School of Psychology in 2017 and was promoted to Reader in Psychology in 2018.

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Can sport build peace after conflict? Public attitudes in transitional Northern Ireland

Mitchell, D., Somerville, I., Hargie, O. & Simms, V., 11 Sep 2020, In : Journal of Sport and Social Issues. p. 1-20

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    Mathematical development in Williams syndrome: A systematic review

    Van herwergen, J. & Simms, V., 10 Feb 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : Research in Developmental Disabilities.

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  • No Excess of Mathematics Anxiety in Adolescents Born Very Preterm

    Trickett, J., Gilmore, C., Cragg, L., Clayton, S., Marlow, N., Simms, V., Spong, R. & Johnson, S., 19 Sep 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics.

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  • Research Priorities for the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond: A call to action for psychological science

    O'Connor, D., Aggleton, J., Chakarabati, B., Cooper, C., Creswell, C., Dunsmuir, S., Fiske, S., Gathercole, S., Gough, B., Ireland, J., Jones, M., Jowett, A., Kagan, C., Karanika-Murray, M., Kaye, L., Kumari, V., Lewandowsky, S., Lightman, S., Malpass, D., Meins, E. & 9 others, Morgan, P., Morrison Coulthard, L., Reicher, S., Schacter, D., Sherman, S., Simms, V., Williams, A., Wykes, T. & Armitage, C., 19 Jul 2020, In : British Journal of Psychology.

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  • The foundations of mathematical development in Williams syndrome and Down syndrome

    Van Herwegen, J., Ranzato, E., Karmiloff-Smith, A. & Simms, V., 1 Sep 2020, In : Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities. 33, 5, p. 1080-1089 10 p.

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    BBC Radio 4 All in The Mind

    Victoria Simms (Participant)

    3 Jun 2020

    Activity: Other

    What do babies really think?

    Victoria Simms (Speaker)

    19 Nov 2018

    Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

    Changing Policy and Practice in Suicide Prevention

    Victoria Simms (Participant), , Siobhan O'Neill (Participant), & Brendan Bunting (Participant)


    Activity: Other