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





  • 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).
  • 2017-2020: Lending a helping hand to very preterm infants: A randomised controlled trial of the effectiveness of sticky mittens for enhancing cognitive development from ages 3 to 15 months. Co-Investigator. Funded by Action Medical Research (£134,594). For a summary of the project see the website of Action Medical Research.
  • 2016-2020: Research on Children and Adults born Preterm (RECAP) for the call ‘SC1-PM-04–2016: Networking and optimising the use of population and patient cohorts at EU level. Co-Investigator. Funded by EU Horizon 2020 (EUR 9,713,230). [RECAP study website].
  • 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]
  • 2014-2020: Outcome after Selective Early Closure of Ductus Arteriosus in Extremely Preterm Babies (Baby-OSCAR Trial) - Co-investigator. Funded by NIHR Health Technology Assessment (£2,412,174).[Baby-OSCAR study website]



  • 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).








  • Kennedy E, O’Nions E, Wolke D, Johnson S. Is preterm birth overlooked in child and adolescent psychiatry? Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, In press (10/12/2020)
  • Johnson S., Bountziouka V. Using the PARCA-R to assess children’s cognitive and language development at two years of age. Infant 2020; 16(4): 159-63.


  • Kajante E, Johnson S, Heinonen K, Anderson PJ, Wolke D, Evenson KAI, Raikkonnen K, Darlow BA, van der Pal S, Indredavik MS, Jaekel J, Hovi P, Morrison K, Verrips E, Doyle LW for the Adults Born Preterm International Collaboration. Common Core Assessments in Follow-up Studies of Adults Born Preterm - Recommendation of the Adults Born Preterm International Collaboration. Paediatric and Perinatal Epidemiology (In press).
  • Dorling J, Hewer O, Hurd M, Bari V, Bosiak B, Bowler U, King A, Linsell L, Murray D, Omar O, Partlett C, Rounding C, Townend J, Abbott J, Berrington J, Boyle E, Embleton N, Johnson S, Leaf A, McCormick K, McGuire W, Patel M, Roberts T, Stenson B, Tahir W, Monahan M, Richards J, Rankin J, Juszczak E on behalf of the SIFT Investigators Group. Two speeds of increasing milk feeds for very preterm or very low-birthweight infants: the SIFT RCT. Health Technology Assessment 2020;24:18. NIHR Journals Library.
  • Johnson S, Bountziouka V, Linsell L, Brocklehurst P, Marlow N, Wolke D, Manktelow B. Parent Report of Children’s Abilities – Revised (PARCA-R). Technical and Interpretive Manual. University of Leicester, Leicester, 2019.
  • Johnson S. Invited foreword for the Occupational Therapy in Neonatal Services and Early Intervention Practice Guideline. College of Occupational Therapists, 2017.
  • Field D, Boyle E, Draper E, Evans A, Johnson S, Khan K, Manktelow B, Marlow N, Petrou S, Pritchard C, Seaton S, Smith L. Towards reducing variations in infant mortality and morbidity: a population-based approach. NIHR Journals Library 2016: Southampton UK.
  • Johnson S. Understanding social development following very preterm birth. Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology 2015, 57(10):890.
  • Johnson S. Behavioural and emotional problems. In Caring for Tomorrow. European Foundation for the Care of Newborn Infants European White Paper on Maternal and Newborn Health & Aftercare Services, EFCNI 2012. p178-179.
  • Marlow N & Johnson S. What the teacher needs to know [Editorial]. Archives of Disease in Childhood 2007, 92, 945.
  • Johnson S & Marlow N. Positive screening on the M-CHAT: Implications for very preterm populations [Editorial]. Journal of Pediatrics 2009, 154, 478-480.

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