Samantha Johnson

Developmental Psychologist


Samantha Johnson


Department of Health Sciences
University of Leicester
Centre for Medicine
University Road
Leicester LE1 7RH

Tel: +44 (0)116 252 5798


Link to my other pages: ResearchGate; Google Scholar profile

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  • Sequelae of preterm birth.
  • Improving educational support for children born preterm
  • Development and evaluation of interventions to improve long-term outcomes in high-risk populations.
  • Perinatal clinical trials.
  • Neurodevelopmental outcome assessment.



  • Department of Health Sciences Research Staff Advisor
  • Department of Health Sciences REF Impact Coordinator
  • Member of the University of Leicester REF Impact Working Group
  • Member of the College of Life Sciences REF Working Group
  • Member of the College of Life Sciences Early Career Researcher Development Group







  • 2014-2020: Tracking the impact of gestational age on health, educational and economic outcomes: a longitudinal record linkage study (TIGAR). Co-investigator. Funded by Medical Research Council (£626,817). [TIGAR study website]
  • 2018-2020: Neurodevelopment at age two in paediatric cardiac surgery patients: exploring pathways to improve outcomes and follow up. Co-Investigator. Funded by Great Ormond Street Hospital Charity (£99,427).
  • 2018-2019: Standardisation of the Parent Report of Children’s Abilities-Revised (PARCA-R) for use as a developmental screening tool and clinical outcome measure. Chief Investigator. Funded by Action Medical Research (£70,698). For a summary of the project see the website of Action Medical Research. For more information about the questionnaire and associated resources visit the PARCA-R website.
  • 2015-2018: Mathematics learning disabilities from childhood to adolescence: New evidence & intervention for very preterm children - Chief Investigator. Funded by Action Medical Research (£217,490). [PRISM study website] For a summary of the project see the website of Action Medical Research.
  • 2016-2019: EPICure2@11 - Outcome at 11 years for a national cohort of births between 22 and 26 weeks of gestation in England in 2006. Co-investigator. Funded by Medical Research Council (£1,212,049). [EPICure Study website]
  • 2012-2018: A multi-centre randomised controlled trial of two rates of daily increment of enteral feeding to prevent late-onset invasive infection in very preterm or very low birth weight infants. Speed of Increasing Milk Feeds Trial (SIFT) - Co-investigator. Funded by NIHR Health Technology Assessment (£2,711,683). [SIFT Study website]
  • 2016-2017: Predicting school readiness for very preterm children: continuities with neonatal brain structure and executive function in infancy. Co-investigator. Funded by SPARKS Medical Research Charity (£59,919).
  • 2012-2016: EPICure@19: The extremely preterm young adult - Co-investigator. Funded by Medical Research Council (£1,811,299). [EPICure Study website]
  • 2012-2014: The impact of premature birth on mathematics achievement and schooling. Preterm Birth: Impact on Education (PrIME Study). Co-investigator. Funded by The Nuffield Foundation (£126,645). [Study website]
  • 2011-2013: Understanding the nature and origins of mathematics learning disabilities in very preterm children: Implications for intervention: Premature Infants’ Skills in Mathematics (PRISM Study). Chief Investigator. Funded by Action Medical Research (£159,464). [Study website]
  • 2013-2016: Preterm Birth and Attention in Children (PATCH) Study. Co-investigator. PhD Studentship funded by ESRC & University of Nottingham. [PATCH Study website]
  • 2010-2013: Development and evaluation of a multimedia parenting intervention to promote motor development in infants born very preterm: Helping Our Premature infants on to better motor skills (The HOP-On Study). Co-investigator. Funded by Action Medical Research (£116,000). [Study website]
  • 2011-2013: Postnatal brain growth and early infancy outcomes as biomarkers in very preterm children (UCH-PDP Study). Co-investigator. Funded by SPARKS The Children's Medical Research Charity (£177,925).
  • 2011-2014: The hidden risks of preterm birth: How should we follow-up vulnerable babies? Late and Moderate preterm Birth Study-II (LAMBS-II). Co-investigator. Funded by NIHR Research for Patient Benefit (£245,101).



  • Clayton S, Simms V, Cragg L, Gilmore C, Marlow N, Spong R, Johnson S. Etiology of persistent mathematics difficulties from childhood to adolescence following very preterm birth. Child Neuropsychology (In Press).
  • Trickett J, Bernardi M, Fahy A, Lancaster R, Larsen J, Ni Y, Suonpera E, Wolke D, Marlow N, Johnson S. Disturbed sleep in children born extremely preterm is associated with behavioural and emotional symptoms. Sleep Medicine (In Press).





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