Professor Dorothy Bishop FBA

Psychology Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuropsychology

Elected 2006

Fellow type
UK Fellow
Year elected

Dorothy Bishop, FBA, FMedSci, FRS is a Wellcome Trust Principal Research Fellow and Professor of Developmental Neuropsychology at the University of Oxford, where she heads an ERC-funded programme of research into cerebral lateralisation. She is a supernumerary fellow of St John's College Oxford. Her main interests are in the nature and causes of developmental language impairments, with a particular focus on psycholinguistics, neurobiology and genetics. She also is active in the field of open science and research reproducibility and chaired a symposium on reproducibility at the Wellcome Trust in 2015. As well as publishing in conventional academic outlets, she writes a popular blog with personal reactions to scientific and academic matters (Bishopblog) and tweets as @deevybee.

Current post

University of Oxford Professor of Developmental Neuropsychology

Past appointments

St John's College, University of Oxford Professor of Developmental Neuropsychology

1998 -

Applied Psychology Unit, Medical Research Council, Cambridge Senior Research Scientist

1991 - 1998

University of Manchester MRC Senior Research Fellow

1982 - 1991


A prospective study of the relationship between specific language impairment, phonological disorders and reading retardation

Published in 1990 by Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry

The interface between genetics and psychology: lessons from developmental dyslexia

Published in 2015 by Royal Society Open Science

Cerebral asymmetry and language development: Cause, correlate, or consequence?

Published in 2013 by Science 340 (6138)

Language development in exceptional circumstances

Published in 1988

Handedness and developmental disorders

Published in 1990

Uncommon understanding

Published in 1997

What is psychology?

31 May 2019 Professor Dorothy Bishop FBA

Professor Dorothy Bishop FBA explains the wide-ranging approaches to psychology and how this discipline helps us to understand ourselves and our fellow human beings.

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