• 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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Research Output 2011 2018

Does early home environment influence basic numeracy skills? The Preparing for Life Study

Simms, V., Cahoon, A., McParland, A., Doherty, N. & Gilmore, C., 1 Dec 2018, Extending the learning from the Prevention and Early Intervention Initiative. 3 ed. Dublin, Ireland, Vol. 5. p. 69-72 4 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Open Access
data analysis

Interventions to improve mathematics achievement in primary school-aged children

Simms, V., Gilmore, C., Sloan, S. & McKeaveney, C., 9 Mar 2018

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
primary school
learning disorder
Open Access
Equipment and Supplies
Emergency Responders

Understanding arithmetic concepts: The role of domain-specific and domain-general skills.

Gilmore, C., Clayton, S., Cragg, L., McKeaveney, C., Simms, V. & Johnson, S., 12 Sep 2018, (Accepted/In press) In : PlosOne.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access

Visuocognitive Fluency Facilitating ECG Interpretation with Visual Metaphors and Expressive Tags

Gay, J., Simms, V., Bond, RR., Finlay, D. & Purchase, H., 10 May 2018, p. 1-5. 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

Open Access
Human computer interaction


Research Personnel

Activities 2018 2018

  • 1 Invited talk

What do babies really think?

Victoria Simms (Speaker)
19 Nov 2018

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk