Partner 4 - University of Southampton
FemNAT-CD Team Southampton
The Developmental Brain-Behaviour Laboratory (DBBL) at the University of Southampton is a vibrant multi-disciplinary research group (comprising neuroscientists, developmental and clinical psychologists, geneticists, psychiatrists, and paediatricians) dedicated to studying the neurobiological foundations of typical and atypical development for the benefit of children and their families. It is recognised internationally for its research in developmental psychopathology, and particularly externalising disorders such as Conduct Disorder and ADHD. A further goal of the lab is to translate basic research findings into interventions that can be implemented in healthcare, social care, and youth justice settings, such as parenting programmes and computerised interventions such as working memory training or attentional bias modification.
The DBBL has strong links with Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services in the local area and a major patient database for children and adolescents with ADHD and Conduct Disorder (the South Hampshire ADHD Register (SHARe)) is administered through the laboratory with funding support from the National Health Service and the National Institute of Health Research. In addition, four Youth Offending Teams are located within 20 miles of Southampton, and they collectively work with over 2000 young offenders each year; DBBL staff and postgraduate students are currently working with these organisations on related projects involving neuropsych-ological and neuroimaging assessment of adolescents with Conduct Disorder. Lastly, the DBBL has very good links with specialist schools in the local area for adolescents with Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties (many of whom would fulfil diagnostic criteria for Conduct Disorder or ADHD).
In terms of equipment and facilities, the DBBL has access to a state-of-the-art 3-Tesla Siemens Skyra scanner capable of running high resolution structural and functional protocols. In addition to neuropsychological testing suites, there is also a dedicated psychophysiology lab (for skin conductance, heart rate, and electromyographic data), two EEG/ERP labs with Neuroscan equipment, and a stress lab with facilities for the measurement of ambulatory cortisol and cardiovascular activity and ecological momentary assessment data.