Dr Vivienne Wenchong Du (杜雯翀 DU WEN-CHONG) is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology. She is the module leader of several developmental psychology modules on both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. She also teaches Research Methods and Intro Psychology.
- PhD in Psychology (University of Strathclyde, UK)
- Mphil in Educational Research (University of Cambridge, UK)
- BSc in Psychology (Beijing Normal University, China)
Dr. Vivienne Du's research interests are primarily in perceptual-motor action planning, learning of locomotion, and implicit learning, with a focus on vulnerable groups such as individuals with Developmental Coordination Disorder(DCD), dyslexia, autism, and ADHD. She is also interested in maternal health and fetal well-being, and their association with children’s later development.
Vivienne has been very active in pursuing research in the field of child impairments and child health where she has been working on cutting-edge research and innovation projects with a total value over £1.4 million. Vivienne is the PI of several research projects involving large-scale nationwide population samples, with which she has been using advanced research methods to explore the mechanisms behind motor impairments.
Vivienne has also been taking the leading role in driving the notion of Professional Learning and Data-sharing Networks in order to promote an active, multi-disciplinary, and data-driven collaboration of researchers and practitioners working with children with motor impairments. She is the co-founder of the DCD-Data-Sharing Network(DCD-DSN); and the co-convener of the annual forum on DCD-China (a one-week international event with designed sessions including workshops, invited speeches, trainings, panel meetings, etc.). The training programme she developed on the diagnosis of children with motor impairments has been recognized as a National Continuing Education accredited programme in China and has trained more than a thousand paediatricians and therapists from rural and urban areas.
Vivienne is also keen to apply her research into practice with numerous projects. She has been taking a crucial role in several intervention projects involving vulnerable populations. Vivienne is also the holder of several software copyright registrations on the assessment and intervention of motor impairments.
Vivienne is interested in taking PhD students in the following research fields: Developmental disorders; Motor impairments; Maternal health and child development.
Vivienne collaborates with national and international leading academics in child impairments and child health, and she is the China representative at the International Society for Research in DCD (ISR-DCD).
- Hua, J., Shen, J., Zhang, J., Zhou, Y., Du, W., Williams, G., (2021), The association between COVID-19 pandemic and maternal isolated hypothyroxinemia in first and second trimesters. Psychoneuroendocrinology. (in press).
- Liu, M., Xue, M., Yang, Q,, Du, W., Yan, X., Tan, J., Duan, T., Hua J., (2021), Association between migration status and caesarean section delivery based on a modified Robson classification in China. BMC Pregnancy Childbirth 21, 215. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12884-021-03708-6.
- Hua, J., Du, W*., Dai, X., Wu. M., Cai. X., Shen. M., Zhu. L. (2020), International clinical practice recommendations on the definition, diagnosis, assessment, intervention, and psychosocial aspects of developmental coordination disorder – Chinese translation. Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology, https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/dmcn.14693.
- Ke, L., Du, W*., Hua, J., Wang, Y., Duan, W., Barnett, A. (2020), The Movement ABC-2 Test in China: comparison with UK norms for 3-10 year olds. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 105, 103742.
- Du, W*., Hua, J., Ke, L., Wang, Y., Duan, W., Barnett, A. (2020), The prenatal, postnatal, neonatal, and family environmental risk factors for Developmental Coordination Disorder: a study with a national representative sample. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 104, 103699.