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Professor in the Department of PsychologyL54+44 (0) 191 33 43247
Fellow in the Durham Research Methods Centre  
Associate Fellow in the Institute of Advanced Study  
Fellow of the Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing +44 (0) 191 33 43247



I joined the Department of Psychology at Durham University in 2013 having previously been a member of academic staff in the School of Psychology at Newcastle University and having completed my PhD at Stirling University (2008).

2013-2016 I was course director for the MSc Developmental Psychopathology, MA Research Methods (Dev Psy), and co-director for the MSc Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience.

2016-2018 I was Director of Research for the Department of Psychology. 

2018-2023 Director of the NINE DTP - the North East of England and Northern Ireland doctoral training partnership for the social sciences (ESRC funded) - visit for further information.

From 2023 I am Associate Pro-Vice Chancellor for Postgraduate Research Students at Durham University. 

Research Interests

I am a Professor of Developmental Psychology and Co-Director of the Centre for Neurodiversity & Development interested in neurotypical development, neurodevelopmental conditions, and neurodiversity. Please visit: Centre for Neurodiversity and Development - Durham University

My research predominantly focuses on Williams syndrome (WS) and Autism. I have used a variety of research approaches to understand areas of relative proficiency or challenge (exploring syndrome-specific signatures, cross-syndrome overlaps, and neurodiversity). 

Please view my publication list for an indication of my research areas and interests.

Research groups


Chapter in book

  • Riby, D M (2011). Face Processing and Social Interactions. In Developmental Disabilities across the Lifespan. Farran, E. & Karmiloff-Smith, A. Oxford University Press.
  • Riby, D M, Bruce, V & Jawaid, A (2011). Everyone’s friend? The case of Williams syndrome. In Pathological Altruism. Oakley, B., Knafo, A., Madhavan, G. & Wilson, D. S. Ocford University Press.
  • Riby, D M & Porter, M (2010). Williams syndrome. In ). Developmental Disorders & Interventions: Advances in Child Development and Behavior. Holmes, J. Academic Press.
  • Brock, J, Einav, S & Riby, D M (2008). The other end of the spectrum? Social cognition in Williams syndrome. In Social cognition: Development, Neuroscience and Autism. Reid, V. & Striano, T Blackwell.

Edited book

  • van Herwegen, J & Riby, D M (2014). Neurodevelopmental Disorders: Research Challenges and Solutions. Research Methods in Developmental Psychology: A Handbook Series. Psychology Press.

Journal Article

Supervision students