Hannah Broadbent

Postdoctoral Researcher

Centre for Brain and Cognitive Development
School of Psychology
Birkbeck College
Malet Street
London WC1E 7HX

Phone: +44 (0)20 3073 8039

Email: h.broadbent@bbk.ac.uk


Research Interests

My current research examines both typical and atypical cognitive development, with a particular interest in neurocognitive abilities such as visuospatial skills and multisensory integration. Broadly, my interests are in exploring the development of cognitive abilities across typical development and how this differs in atypical development, particularly in developmental disorders such as Williams syndrome and Down syndrome.

My postdoctoral research has predominantly investigated whether information from different sensory modalities supports or inhibits learning in pre- and primary school-aged children. My PhD research focused on the development of visuospatial cognition in typical and atypical populations, and particularly the use of different spatial frames of reference for large-scale navigation in individuals with William's syndrome.

Although my more recent research has focused on typically developing children and individuals with developmental disorders, my earlier research also examined developmental and neuropsychological difficulties in individuals with ASD, benign epilepsy, and adults with eating disorders.


Publication List

Broadbent, H. and Mareschal, D. (commissioned). Neuroconstructivism. In S. Hupp & J. Jewell (Eds.), The Encyclopaedia of Child and Adolescent Development.

Broadbent, H., Osborne, T., Mareschal, D., Kirkham, N.Z. (under review) Withstanding the test of time: multisensory cues improve the delayed retention of incidental learning.

Broadbent, H., Osborne, T., Rea, M., Peng, A., Mareschal, D., Kirkham, N. (under review) Incidental category learning and cognitive load in a multisensory environment across childhood.

Broadbent, H., White, H., Mareschal, D., Kirkham, N. (2017) Incidental learning in a multisensory environment across childhood. Developmental Science, doi:10.1111/desc.12554

Farran, E.K., Atkinson, L., & Broadbent, H. (2016) Impaired spatial category representations in Williams syndrome; an investigation of the mechanistic contributions of non-verbal cognition and spatial language performance. Frontiers in Psychology, 28;7:186

Broadbent, H., Farran, E.K., & Tolmie, A. (2015) Sequential egocentric strategies and reliance on landmarks in Williams syndrome. Frontiers in Developmental Psychology, 6: 216, doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2015.00216

Broadbent, H. (2015) Submitting and publishing papers during your PhD. The Quarterly, September Edition.

Broadbent, H., Farran, E.K., Chin, E., Metcalfe, K., Tassabehji, M., Turnpenny, P., Sansbury, F., Meaburn, E., Karmiloff-Smith, A., (2014). Genetic contributions to visuospatial cognition in Williams syndrome: Insights from two contrasting partial deletion patients. Journal of Neurodevelopmental Disorders, 6 (18) doi: 10.1186/1866-1955-6-18

Broadbent, H., Farran, E. K., & Tolmie, A. (2014). Egocentric and allocentric navigation strategies in Williams syndrome and typical development. Developmental Science, doi:10.1111/desc.12176  

Broadbent, H., Farran, E. K., & Tolmie, A. (2014) Object-based mental rotation and visual perspective-taking in typical development and Williams syndrome. Developmental Neuropsychology, 39 (3): 205-25.

Berlim, M. T., Broadbent, H. J., & Van den Eynde, F. (2013). Blinding integrity in randomized sham-controlled trials of repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation for major depression: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Int J Neuropsychopharmacol, 16 (5), 1173-1181.

DeJong, H., Oldershaw, A., Sternheim, L., Samarawickrema, N., Kenyon, M.D., Broadbent, H., Lavender, A., Startup, H., Treasure, J., & Schmidt, U. (2013) Quality of life in anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and eating disorder not-otherwise-specified Journal of Eating Disorders, 1:43. DOI: 10.1186/2050-2974-1-43.

Schmidt, U., Renwick, B., Lose, A., Kenyon, M., DeJong, H., Broadbent, H., Loomes, R., Watson, C., Ghelani, S., Serpell, L., Richards, L., Johnson-Sabine, E., Boughton, N., Whitehead, L., Beecham, J., Treasure, J., Landau, S. (2013). The MOSAIC study - comparison of the Maudsley Model of Treatment for Adults with Anorexia Nervosa (MANTRA) with Specialist Supportive Clinical Management (SSCM) in outpatients with anorexia nervosa or eating disorder not otherwise specified, anorexia nervosa type: study protocol for a randomized controlled trial. Trials, 14:160, DOI: 10.1186/1745-6215-14-160

Van den Eynde, F., Koskina, A., Syrad, H., Guillaume, S., Broadbent, H., Campbell, I. C., & Schmidt, U., State and trait food craving in people with bulimic eating disorders. (2012). Eating Behaviours, 13 (4): 414-417.

Karmiloff-Smith, A., Broadbent, H., Farran, E.K., Longhi, E., D’Souza, D., Metcalfe, K., Tassabehji, M., Wu, R., Senju, A., Turnenny, P., Sansbury, F. (2012). Social cognition in Williams syndrome:  genotype/phenotype insights from partial deletion patients. Frontiers in Psychology, 3: 168. DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2012.00168

Guillaume, S., Van den Eynde, F., Samarawickrema, N., Broadbent, H., Goodman-Smith, E., Schmidt, U. (2012) Classical stroop effect in bulimia nervosa. Eating and Weight Disorders, 17 (3): e203-6

Oldershaw, A., Dejong, H., Hambrook, D., Broadbent, H., Tchanturia, K., Treasure, J., Schmidt, U. (2012) Emotional processing following recovery from anorexia nervosa. European Eating Disorders Review, 20 (6): 502-509. DOI: 10.1002/erv.2153

Broadbent, H., Van den Eynde, F., Guillaume, S., Hanif, E., Stahl, D., David, A.S., Campbell., I.C., Schmidt, U. (2011). Blinding success of rTMS applied to the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex in randomised sham-controlled trials: a systematic review. World Journal of Biological Psychiatry, 12 (4): 240-248

DeJong, H., Broadbent, H., & Schmidt, U. (2011). A systematic review of dropout from treatment in outpatients with anorexia nervosa. International Journal of Eating Disorders. DOI:10.1002/eat.20956

Dejong, H., Van den Eynde, F., Broadbent, H., Kenyon, M.D., Lavender, A., Startup, H., Schmidt, U. (2011) Social cognition in bulimia nervosa: A systematic review. European Psychiatry, 28(1): 1-6. DOI: 10.1016/j.eurpsy.2011.07.002

Monjauze, C., Broadbent, H., Boyd, S.G., Neville, B.G.R., Baldeweg, T. (2011). Language deficits and altered hemispheric lateralisation in young people in remission from BECTS. Epilepsia, 52 (8): e79-e83

Van den Eynde, F., Suda, M., Broadbent, H., Guillaume, S., Van den Eynde, M. (2011) Structural magnetic resonance imaging in eating disorders: a systematic review of voxel based morphometry studies. European Eating Disorders Review. DOI: 10.1002/erv.1163

Van den Eynde, F., Guillaume, S., Broadbent, H., Campbell, I.C., Schmidt, U., Tchanturia, K. (2011). Repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation in anorexia nervosa: a pilot study. European Psychiatry: The Journal of the Association of European Psychiatrists. DOI: 10.1016/j.eurpsy.2011.06.002

Van den Eynde, F., Guillaume, S., Broadbent, H., Stahl, D., Campbell, I. C., Schmidt, U. & Tchanturia, K. (2011). Neurocognition in bulimic eating disorders: a systematic review. Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica, 124 (2): 120–140

Van Den Eynde, F., Broadbent, H., Guillaume, S., Claudino, A., Campbell, I., & Schmidt, U. (2010). Handedness, repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation and bulimic disorders. European Psychiatry: The Journal of the Association of European Psychiatrists, 8-11


Awards and bursaries

2014 PsyPAG Rising Researcher Award for Outstanding PhD Research

2009 British Association for Cognitive Neuroscience (BACN), Conference Graduate Bursary (£150)

2007 British Psychological Society (BPS) Undergraduate Award, University of Surrey

2007 Honourable Mention Abstract Award, Conference and Travel Bursary ($250), Sleep Research Society