Dr Mary Hanley, BSc, PhD Psychology
(email at email@example.com)
My primary research interest is in understanding atypical social behaviour in children and adults neurodevelopmental disorders, especially Autism and Williams syndrome. Many individuals with neurodevelopmental disorders experience social vulnerability because of their unique profiles of strengths and difficulties, and I try to understand the factors that contribute. I am particularly interested in the social perceptual and cognitive mechanisms that underlie social behaviour. For example, along with behavioural measures, I use a variety of eye tracking techniques to understand the role of atypical social attention. However, it is not possible to fully understand social behaviour without understanding the interaction with other domains of functioning. With that in mind, I am particularly interested in understanding anxiety and sensory processing in neurodevelopmental disorders (linking to Liz Jones and Emily Grew’s PhD research). Indeed, these are areas that families often require urgent support with.
All of the issues mentioned above have impact in the classroom. I am also very interested in how attention abilities, social perception, sensory issues and anxiety can impact learning and achievement for children with and without neurodevelopmental disorders (linking to Emily Grew’s PhD research), and also for adults with autism at University (linking to Emine Gurbuz’s PhD research).
Through the Centre for Developmental Disorders (for which I am the Associate Director), I work to ensure that my research has impact with the groups, organisations and families for which it is most relevant. For example, by delivering parent workshops on anxiety and producing (as part of a team) booklets on ‘Anxiety in Williams Syndrome’ which have been distributed throughout the UK, Ireland, the USA and France.
Department of Psychology
- Social Attention and Social Cognition
- Eye tracking
- Williams Syndrome
- Autism Spectrum Disorders
- Sensory processing
Indicators of Esteem
- 2018: Seattle Club Conference: Co-organiser:
- 2014: Conference Co-organiser: Neurodevelopmental Disorders Annual Seminar :
- Invited Seminar, Department of Experimental Psychology Oxford University:
- Invited Seminar, Kingston University:
- Invited Talk, Japanese Society for Williams Syndrome:
Chapter in book
- Hanley, M (Accepted). Eye-tracking and neurodevelopmental disorders: evidence from cross-syndrome comparisons. In Neurodevelopmental disorders: Research issues and solutions. Riby, D.M. & Van Herwegen,J Psychology Press.
- Ng-Cordell, Elise, Hanley, Mary, Alyssa, Kelly & Riby, Deborah M. (2018). Anxiety in Williams Syndrome: The role of social behaviour, executive functions and change over time. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders 48(3): 796-808.
- Hanley, Mary, Khairat, Mariam, Taylor, Korey, Wilson, Rachel, Cole-Fletcher, Rachel & Riby, Deborah M. (2017). Classroom displays - Attraction or Distraction? Evidence of impact on attention and learning from children with and without autism. Developmental Psychology 57(3): 1265-1275.
- Hanley, M., Riby, D.M., Carty, C., Melaugh McAteer, A., Kennedy, A. & McPhillips, M. (2015). The use of eye-tracking to explore social difficulties in cognitively able students with autism spectrum disorder: A pilot investigation. Autism 19(7): 868-873.
- Hanley, M., Riby, D. M., McCormack, T., Carty, C., Coyle, L., Crozier, N., Robinson, J. & McPhillips, M. (2014). Attention during social interaction in children with autism: Comparison to specific language impairment, typical development, and links to social cognition. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders 8(7): 908-924.
- McPhillips, M., Finlay, J., Bejerot, S. & Hanley, M. (2014). Motor deficits in children with autism spectrum disorder: a cross-syndrome study. Autism Research 7(6): 664-676.
- Riby, D.M., Kirk, H., Hanley, M. & Riby, L.M. (2014). Stranger Danger Awareness in Williams Syndrome. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research 58(6): 572-582.
- Hanley, M., Riby, D. M., Caswell, S., Rooney, S. & Back, E. (2013). Looking and Thinking: How individuals with Williams syndrome make judgements about mental states. Research in Developmental Disabilities 34(12): 4466-4476.
- Riby, D M, Hancock, P J B, Jones, N & Hanley, M (2013). Spontaneous and cued gaze-following in autism and Williams syndrome. Journal of Neurodevelopmental Disorders 5(1): 13.
- Hanley, M., McPhillips, M., Mulhern, G. & Riby, D. M. (2013). Spontaneous attention to faces in Asperger Syndrome using ecologically valid static stimuli. Autism 17(6): 754-761.
- Riby, D M, Brown, P H, Jones, N & Hanley, M (2012). Faces cause less distraction in Autism. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders 42(4): 634-639.
- McCormack, T. & Hanley, M. (2011). Children’s reasoning about the temporal order of past and future events. Cognitive Development 26(4): 299-314.
- 2017: Managing anxiety in Williams Syndrome: The feasibility and acceptability of Billy’s Feelings Toolbox©: A parent intervention package for young people with Williams Syndrome and anxiety, Williams Syndrome Foundation, Jacqui Rodgers (PI: Newcastle), Deborah Riby (CI: Durham), Mary Hanley (CI: Durham)
- 2015: Increasing Awareness of Anxiety in Williams syndrome - A Support Package for Teachers (£5661.00 from Autours des Williams)
- 2014: Increasing Awareness of Anxiety in Williams Syndrome - A Support Package for Parents and Education (£4134.00 from Williams Syndrome Foundation)
- 2013: Anxiety in Williams Syndrome (£11269.00 from Williams Syndrome Foundation)
- 2013: Using Eye Tracking to Explore Visual Distraction in the Classroom for Pupils with Autism (£9994.00 from The British Academy)