Professor Victoria Simms

Research Director

School of Psychology

Coleraine campus

Room G213,
Cromore Road,
Co. Londonderry,
BT52 1SA,

Psychology Research

Research Director

Professor Victoria Simms


Victoria Simms is a developmental psychologist with a specific interest in the development of mathematical thinking in both typically and atypically developing children.

Victoria's work also focuses on the long-term consequences of preterm birth, specifically cognitive and educational outcomes. Current projects include cross-cultural comparisons of mathematical cognition, the influence of the home environment on early learning and neuro-imaging of mathematical processing. Victoria’s research has been funded by Action Medical Research, Nuffield Foundation, British Academy and the Global Challenges Research Fund. Victoria is Associate Editor for both the British Journal of Developmental Psychology and the British Journal of Educational Psychology.

Victoria completed her PhD in Cognitive Psychology at QUB in 2008. Victoria then worked as a Post-doctoral Research Fellow at a number of institutions (Heriot Watt University, Queen's University Belfast and the University of Leicester) before joining Ulster University in 2013. Victoria was appointed as Research Director for the School of Psychology in 2017 and was promoted to Reader in Psychology in 2018.

Research Opportunities

Research Opportunities with Professor Victoria Simms
Title Closing Date
Understanding children's informal mathematics experiences  Funded PhD Opportunity Funded PhD Opportunity Monday 5 February 2024 4:00PM
Keep it simple? Eye-tracking the learning of numbers in early childhood  Funded PhD Opportunity Funded PhD Opportunity Monday 5 February 2024 4:00PM

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