Dr Joe Bathelt

Joe Bathelt

University position

Research Associate


Clinical School and Department of Architecture


MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit

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Research Theme

Cognitive and Behavioural Neuroscience


My main research interest is in the determinants of children's cognitive development with particular focus on neural constraints. I'm investigating this topic with different participant groups including children with genetic, psychiatric, sensory, or learning disorders. I employ neuropsychological and cognitive tools for behavioural assessment and use a variety of imaging techniques to address questions about neural mechanisms, including structural neuroimaging (surface-based measures, diffusion-weighted imaging) and EEG (event-related potentials, source reconstruction).

Research Focus


cognitive development

executive function



Clinical conditions

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder

Childhood disorders

Cognitive impairment

Learning disabilities


Behavioural analysis

Electroencephalography (EEG)

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)

Neuropsychological testing



Kate Baker

United Kingdom

Chris Clark Web: https://iris.ucl.ac.uk/iris/br...

Naomi Dale Web: https://iris.ucl.ac.uk/iris/br...

Michelle de Haan Web: https://iris.ucl.ac.uk/iris/br...

Karin Petrini Web: http://www.bath.ac.uk/psychol...

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    Key publications

    Bathelt, J., Holmes, J., Astle, D. E. (in press), “Data-Driven Subtyping of Executive-Function-Related Behavioral Problems in Children” Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry

    Bathelt, J., Barnes, J., Raymond, F. L., Baker, K., & Astle, D. (2017), “Global and local connectivity differences converge with gene expression in a neurodevelopmental disorder of known genetic origin.” Cerebral Cortex 27(7): 3806-3817



    Bathelt, J., Dale, N., de Haan, M. (2017), “Event-related potential response to auditory social stimuli, parent-reported social communicative deficits and autism risk in school-aged children with congenital visual impairment” Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience 27: 10-18

    Bathelt, J., Downes, M., de Haan, M. (2017), “Event‐related potential measures of executive functioning from preschool to adolescence” Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology 59(6): 581-590

    Bathelt, J., Gathercole, S., Johnson, A., Astle, D. (2017), “Differences in brain morphology and working memory capacity across childhood” Developmental Science

    O’Reilly, M., Bathelt, J., Salt, A., de Haan, M., Dale, N. (2017), “Frontal EEG asymmetry and later behavior vulnerability in infants with congenital visual impairment.” Clinical Neurophysiology 128(11): 2191-2199


    Bathelt, J., Astle, D., Barnes, J., Raymond, F. L., Baker, K. (2016), “Structural brain abnormalities in a single gene disorder associated with epilepsy, language impairment and intellectual disability” Neuroimage: Clinical 12: 655-665

    Bathelt, J., de Haan, M., Salt, A., Dale, N. J. (2016), “Executive abilities in children with congenital visual impairment in mid-childhood” Child Neuropsychology 24(2):184-202


    Bathelt J, O'Reilly H, de Haan M (2014), “Cortical source analysis of high-density EEG recordings in children.” J Vis Exp (88):e51705 Details


    Bathelt J, O'Reilly H, Clayden JD, Cross JH, de Haan M (2013), “Functional brain network organisation of children between 2 and 5 years derived from reconstructed activity of cortical sources of high-density EEG recordings.” Neuroimage 82:595-604 Details