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Dr Jonathan Waddington



School of Health & Wellbeing

01752 636700

Jonathan Waddington

Role Summary

Dr Jonathan Waddington is working towards associate fellowship status of the HEA and is actively involved in collaborative research projects within the fields of cognitive neuroscience and neuropsychology, focusing on improving outcomes for children and adults with visual or visuocognitive difficulties caused by brain injury.

He is passionate about translational research in this field and is currently involved in a project to develop and assess the effectiveness of gamified perceptual training ( for children and young people with cerebral vision impairments. He is also involved in a project to systematically review the impact of perceptual impairments on quality of life for adult stroke patients, and psychophysical studies to investigate the relationship between visual attention, personality differences and gaming habits.

He currently supervises 1 MRes student on a project to investigate the relationship between age and mental health literacy of educators. He has contributed to 14 peer-reviewed publications and 1 book chapter and has a total H-index of 7.

Outside of academia, he works as an advisor at InFocus Charity, a specialist centre that supports young people with vision impairment and complex needs. At InFocus he works within the vision impairment advisory team to train staff working in education, allied healthcare, and paraprofessional roles to support and habilitate young people with cerebral vision impairment. In this role he has contributed to practice reports on the use of student self-advocacy videos as training tools for paraprofessionals, and the use of validated functional vision assessments to inform and monitor multidisciplinary practice in a neurorehabilitation context.


PhD Neuroscience (2012), Plymouth University

BSc Physiology (2001), University College London


BSc Psychology

  • Neuropsychology
  • Research Methods in Psychology
  • Psychology in Practice
  • Empirical project

MSc Psychology

  • Neuropsychology and Cognition
  • Applied Psychology
  • Dissertation

MRes (Psychology)


My primary research interests are in the field of translational neuropsychology, particularly with regards to improving outcomes for children and adults with vision impairment caused by brain injury or neurodivergent development.


Swain, G., and Waddington, J. (2020). The effectiveness of self-advocacy videos to inform enablers about the support needs of students with vision impairment. British Journal of Visual Impairment. doi: 10.1177/0264619620972149.

Waddington, J., Pickering, J., and Hodgson, T. (2020). The Table-top Visual Search Ability Test for children and young people: Normative response time data from typically developing children. British Journal of Visual Impairment, 39(2), 117-130. doi: 10.1177/0264619620915258.

Clark, R., Blundell, J., Dunn, M., Erichsen, J., Giardini, M., Gottlob, I., Harris, C., Lee, H., Mcilreavy, L., Olson, A., Self, J., Vinuela-Navarro, V., Waddington, J., Woodhouse, M., Gilchrist, I., and Williams, C. (2019). The potential and value of objective eye tracking in the ophthalmology clinic. Eye, 33, 1200-1202. doi: 10.1038/s41433-019-0417-z.

Waddington, J., Linehan, C., Gerling, K., Williams, C., Robson, L., Ellis, R., and Hodgson, T. (2018). Evaluation of Eyelander, a Video Game Designed to Engage Children and Young People with Homonymous Visual Field Loss in Compensatory Training. Journal of Visual Impairment and Blindness, 112(6), 717-730. doi: 10.1177/0145482X1811200607.

Waddington, J., and Hodgson, T. (2017). Review of rehabilitation and habilitation strategies for children and young people with homonymous visual field loss caused by cerebral vision impairment. British Journal of Visual Impairment, 35(3), 197-210. doi: 10.1177/0264619617706100.

Waddington, J., and Harris, C. (2015). Human optokinetic nystagmus and spatial frequency. Journal of Vision15(13), 7. doi: 10.1167/15.13.7.

Waddington, J., Linehan, C., Gerling, K., Hicks, K., and Hodgson, T. (2015, April). Participatory Design of Therapeutic Video Games for Young People with Neurological Vision Impairment. In: CHI '15: Proceedings of the 33rd Annual ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. Paper presented at CHI 2015: The ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, Seoul Republic of Korea (pp. 3533-3542). New York, NY: ACM Press. doi: 10.1145/2702123.2702261.

Harris, C., Waddington, J., Biscione, V., and Manzi, S. (2014). Manual Choice Reaction Times in the Rate-Domain. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience8(102), 418. doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2014.00418.

Waddington, J., and Harris, C. (2013). The distribution of quick phase interval durations in human optokinetic nystagmus. Experimental Brain Research224(2), 179-187. doi: 10.1007/s00221-012-3297-z.

Waddington, J., and Harris, C. (2012). Human optokinetic nystagmus: A stochastic analysis. Journal of Vision12(12), 5. doi: 10.1167/12.12.5.

Harris, C., and Waddington, J. (2012, August). Biomimetics of Choice Behaviour for Autonomous Agents. In: Herrmann G. et al. (eds) Advances in Autonomous Robotics. Paper presented at TAROS 2012: Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 7429 (pp. 96-104). Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg. doi: 10.1007/978-3-642-32527-4_9.

Harris, C., and Waddington, J. (2012). On the convergence of time interval moments: Caveat sciscitator. Journal of Neuroscience Methods205(2), 345-356. doi: 10.1016/j.jneumeth.2012.01.017.

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