My main research interest is to map the trajectories of neurodevelopment in diverse populations and explore their contribution to cognitive, social and emotional outcomes in childhood. In particular, I am interested in work that aims to identify infant markers of childhood outcomes and to explore how environmental and familial factors relate to child wellbeing. One of my key goals is to facilitate the implementation of neurodevelopmental research into global health settings.
I am currently a postdoctoral researcher on the Brain Imaging for Global Health (BRIGHT; globalfnirs.org) project. BRIGHT is a prospective longitudinal study that has been following infants in The Gambia and UK from the antenatal period to early childhood. The aim of this study is to establish brain function-for-age curves in these two settings and to explore the contribution of nutrition and the general environment to development. My focus on this study is to examine infant cognitive development, as well as maternal wellbeing and the caregiving environment.
I completed my PhD at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience at King’s College London in 2017. As part of my PhD, I worked on the British Autism Study of Infant Siblings (BASIS; basisnetwork.org), following up the first cohort of children with higher familial likelihood of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) at school age. My focus was to investigate the development and correlates of co-occurring anxiety symptoms in this group.
Godoy, P. B. G., Shephard, E., Milosavljevic, B., Johnson, M. H., & Charman, T. (2020). Brief Report: Associations Between Cognitive Control Processes and Traits of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Anxiety in Children at Elevated and Typical Familial Likelihood for ASD. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders 2020, 1–13. https://doi.org/10.1007/S10803-020-04732-9
Shephard, E., Milosavljevic, B., Mason, L., Elsabbagh, M., Tye, C., Gliga, T., Jones, E. J., Charman, T., Johnson, M. H., Baron-Cohen, S., Bedford, R., Bolton, P., Chandler, S., Fernandes, J., Garwood, H., Hudry, K., Pasco, G., Pickles, A., Tucker, L., & Volein, A. (2020). Neural and behavioural indices of face processing in siblings of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD): A longitudinal study from infancy to mid-childhood. Cortex, 127, 162–179. https://doi.org/10.1016/J.CORTEX.2020.02.008
Katus, L., Mason, L., Milosavljevic, B., McCann, S., Rozhko, M., Moore, S. E., Elwell, C. E., Lloyd-Fox, S., de Haan, M., Drammeh, S., Mbye, E., Touray, E., Ceesay, M., Jobarteh, B., Darboe, M. K., Austin, T., & Prentice, A. (2020). ERP markers are associated with neurodevelopmental outcomes in 1–5 month old infants in rural Africa and the UK. NeuroImage, 210, 116591. https://doi.org/10.1016/J.NEUROIMAGE.2020.116591
Milosavljevic, B., Vellekoop, P., Maris, H., Halliday, D., Drammeh, S., Sanyang, L., Darboe, M. K., Elwell, C., Moore, S. E., & Lloyd‐Fox, S. (2019). Adaptation of the Mullen Scales of Early Learning for use among infants aged 5‐ to 24‐months in rural Gambia. Developmental Science, 22(5). https://doi.org/10.1111/desc.12808
Salomone, E., Shephard, E., Milosavljevic, B., Johnson, M. H., Charman, T., & BASIS Team. (2018). Adaptive Behaviour and Cognitive Skills: Stability and Change from 7 Months to 7 Years in Siblings at High Familial Risk of Autism Spectrum Disorder. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 48(9), 2901–2911. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10803-018-3554-5
Shephard, E., Bedford, R., Milosavljevic, B., Gliga, T., Jones, E. J. H., Pickles, A., Johnson, M. H., Charman, T., & BASIS Team. (2018). Early developmental pathways to childhood symptoms of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, anxiety and autism spectrum disorder. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry. https://doi.org/10.1111/jcpp.12947
Milosavljevic, B., Shephard, E., Happé, F. G., Johnson, M. H., Charman, T., & BASIS Team. (2017). Anxiety and Attentional Bias to Threat in Children at Increased Familial Risk for Autism Spectrum Disorder. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 47(12), 3714–3727. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10803-016-3012-1
Shephard, E., Milosavljevic, B., Pasco, G., Jones, E. J. H., Gliga, T., Happé, F. G., Johnson, M. H., Charman, T., & BASIS Team. (2017). Mid-childhood outcomes of infant siblings at familial high-risk of autism spectrum disorder. Autism Research, 10(3), 546–557. https://doi.org/10.1002/aur.1733
Milosavljevic, B., Carter Leno, V., Simonoff, E., Baird, G., Pickles, A., Jones, C. R. G., Erskine, C., Charman, T., & Happé, F. G. (2016). Alexithymia in adolescents with autism spectrum disorder: Its relationship to internalising difficulties, sensory modulation and social cognition. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 46(4), 1354–1367. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10803-015-2670-8
Zebrowitz, L. A., Franklin, R. G., Boshyan, J., Luevano, V., Agrigoroaei, S., Milosavljevic, B., & Lachman, M. E. (2014). Older and younger adults’ accuracy in discerning health and competence in older and younger faces. Psychology and Aging, 29(3), 454–468. https://doi.org/10.1037/a0036255
Percac-Lima, S., Milosavljevic, B., Oo, S. A., Marable, D., & Bond, B. (2012). Patient navigation to improve breast cancer screening in Bosnian refugees and immigrants. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health, 14(4), 727–730. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10903-011-9539-5