Professor in Infant and Child Development

UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health


Michelle de Haan is Professor in Infant and Child Development at the UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health and Honorary Neuropsychologist at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Trust. Previously, Michelle studied Child Psychology and Neuroscience at the University of Minnesota and graduated with her PhD in 1996.

Michelle’s research applies neuroimaging and neuropsychological methods to examine the brain underpinnings of typical and atypical cognitive and social development.This includes work with children with infant-onset epilepsy, sickle-cell disease, congenital visual impairment, and those born preterm. She also works on developing the use of brain activity as a marker of risk in resource-poor countries, and developing tablet-based tools for assessing cognitive and social skills in toddlers and preschoolers.

Michelle is:

+ Head of the Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuropsychiatry Group

+ Director of UCL’s  MSc in Infancy and Early Childhood Development

+ Editor in Chief of the journal Developmental Science.

Her work has been featured in radio and television programmes including The Human Body, The Human Face and Child of our Time, and she was the expert psychologist for the BBC television series Honey We’re Killing the Kids.

She is co-creator of Wondermind, an online game developed in collaboration with the Tate Gallery that is designed to bring art and science together to teach children about neuroscience.

To see her UCL website check here

The London Babylab

Prof de Haan is Director of the London Babylab a place for parents and guardians of children  who enjoy science and want to know more about how their babies develop.

We are part of the Developmental Neuroscience Programme within the UCL GOS Institute of Child Health which works in partnership with Great Ormond Street Hospital, the largest centre in Europe devoted to children’s health and wellbeing.

We are a group of specialists in early child development working in the heart of London to try and understand how babies’ brains really work. If you would like to have a unique experience with your little one and make your own contribution to the science of child development, come and visit us! Email: