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Vivienne Du

Vivienne Du

Associate Professor

School of Social Sciences

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Dr Vivienne Wenchong Du (杜雯翀,DU WEN-CHONG) is an Associate Professor in Psychology. She teaches in several modules in Developmental/Child Psychology and Lifespan Psychology.

Career overview

  • PhD (University of Strathclyde); Mphil (University of Cambridge); BSc (Beijing Normal University).

Research areas

Dr. Vivienne Du's research interests are primarily in child health and child impairments. 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-scaled nationwide population samples, with which she has been using advanced research methods to explore the mechanisms underlying motor impairments and Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD).

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-founder and co-convener of the annual forum on DCD-China (a one-week international event with designed sessions including workshops, invited speeches, training, 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 thousands of paediatricians and therapists from rural and urban areas across the country.

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 patents and software copyright registrations on the assessment and intervention of motor impairments.

Vivienne is interested in supervising PhD students in the following research fields: maternal health/well-being and child development; child health; developmental disorders and intervention; early childcare.

External activity

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).


(*corresponding author)

  • Hua, J., Williams, G.J., Jin, H., Chen, J., Xu, M., Zhou, Y., Gu, G., Du, W.*, (2022). Early motor milestones in infancy and later motor impairments: a population-based data linkage study. Frontiers in Psychiatry. In press.
  • Hua, J., Barnett, A.L., Williams, G.J., Dai, X., Sun, Y., Li, H., …Du, W.*, (2021). Association of gestational age at birth with subsequent suspected Developmental Coordination Disorder in early childhood. JAMA Network Open. 4(12):e2137581. doi:10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2021.37581
  • Zhang, J., Williams, G., Wang, G., Chen, J., Zhang, M., Du, W., Zhu., J., Zhang, J., Hua, J., (2021). Early term birth and its association with universal two-child policy: a national cross-sectional study in China. BMJ Open. 2021;11:e054959. doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2021-054959
  • Ke, L., Barnett, A. Wang, Y., Duan, W., Hua, J., Du, W.*, (2021). Discrepancies between parent and teacher reports of motor competence in 5-10-year-old children with and without suspected Developmental Coordination Disorder. Children. 8(11), 1028;
  • Liu, M. X., Hua, J., Ke, L., Duan, W., & Du, W.* (2021). Analysis of developmental coordination disorder in Chinese children. Chinese Journal of Paediatrics59(11), 928-934. doi:10.3760/cma.j.cn112140-20210331-00277.
  • 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. 105210.
  • 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.
  • 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,
  • 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.

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