Derek Moore

Professor Derek Moore BSc (Hons), MSc, PhD

Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Education, Health and Human Sciences)

Key details

Professor Derek Moore

Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Education, Health and Human Sciences)

Professor Moore joined the Faculty of Education, Health & Human Sciences as Pro-Vice-Chancellor in January 2018.

Prior to joining Greenwich, Derek was Head of the School of Psychology at the University of Surrey (2015-2018) and before this was Director of the Institute for Research in Child Development at the University of East London (2007-2015) where he also was Director the institutional REF 2014 submission.

Earlier in his career, he was a lecturer and Reader at UEL from 1995 to 2007 and prior to this was a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute of Psychiatry, Kings College, City University, and the Tavistock Clinic. Derek has a PhD from University College London, and is also trained as a bio-medical statistician.

Derek has undertaken many multidisciplinary studies of child development across the pre-natal to adolescent periods, looking at the effects of a range of risk factors associated with socio-economic deprivation and neuro-developmental difficulties. His aim is to generate better theoretical models that facilitate more effective and targeted interventions. His research has been funded by ESRC, NiH, NIHR, the Wellcome trust, and the Nuffield foundation.

Responsibilities within the university

As Pro-Vice Chancellor, Professor Moore is responsible for the overall vision, direction and strategic leadership of the Faculty.

Professor Moore has line management responsibility for Heads of Departments and Directors in the Faculty; and together with the Faculty Operating Officer has overall financial and resource responsibility.


Derek was previously a committee member of the Association of Heads of Psychology Departments.

He is a member of the All-Party-Parliamentary-Group for Conception to Age 2, and has been a research advisor for a number of charities and NHS trusts. He is also an external REF reviewer

Research / Scholarly interests

  • Relationship between social and cognitive development from infancy to adolescence
  • Assessment of infants at risk for developmental difficulties
  • Effects of in utero exposure to recreational drugs
  • Impact of socio-economic-status on early neurocognitive development
  • Neuro-developmental disabilities
  • Feasibility of using mobile neuro-technology for infant screening and training
  • Creation of new visualisation systems to model atypical development
  • Impact of regeneration and community intervention on health and wellbeing

Key funded projects

Grant awarded

  • 2012-2016 NIHR Public Health. £1,991,000 (Co-I)ORiEL study: Evaluating the impact of urban regeneration and the Olympics on health and health inequalities in adolescents and their parents
    with Cummins (PI, QMUL), Stansfeld (QMUL), Renton (UEL), Petticrew (LSHTM) et al.
  • 2012-2015Wellcome Trust £168,626 (Co-I) 50k to IRCD Extension of Well London Cluster Randomised Trial. Co-I with Renton (UEL) , Petticrew (LSHTM), Hayes (LSHTM), Clow (U West) et al.
  • 2010-2013 Nuffield Foundation £166,000 (PI) TALBY study. Using new technologies (eye-tracking) to engage parents from disadvantaged areas in the assessment of their babies. PI with Tomalski, Kushnerenko, Johnson, Karmiloff-Smith (Birkbeck)
  • 2011-2012Nuffield Foundation £25,000 (PI) iSTARS study: a pilot study using eye-tracking technology to deliver gaze-contingency training in children's centres. PI with Tomalski, Kushnerenko (UEL) Wass, Johnson, Karmiloff-Smith (Birkbeck)

Recent publications

Allotey J, Zamora J, Cheong-See F, Kalidindi M, Arroyo-Manzano D, Asztalos E, van der Post JAM, Mol BW, Moore D, Birtles D, Khan KS, Thangaratinam S. (2017) Cognitive, motor, behavioural and academic performances of children born preterm: a meta-analysis and systematic review involving 64 061 children. BJOG-Int J Obstet Gy 2017;

Clark, C, et al (2017) An Olympic Legacy? Does the urban regeneration associated with the London 2012 Olympic Games impact on adolescent mental health?" American Journal of Epidemiology  kwx205,

Frostick, C., Watts, P., Netuveli, G., Renton, A., & Moore, D. (2017). Well London: Results of a Community Engagement Approach to Improving Health Among Adolescents from Areas of Deprivation in London. Journal of Community Practice, 1-18.

Singer, L. T., Moore, D. G., Min, M. O., Goodwin, J., Turner, J. J., Fulton, S., & Parrott, A. C. (2016). Motor delays in MDMA (ecstasy) exposed infants persist to 2years. Neurotoxicology and Teratology, 54, 22-28.

Tomalski, P., Moore, D. G., Ballieux, H., Kushnerenko, E. V., Johnson, M. H., & Karmiloff-Smith, A. (2016). Separating the effects of ethnicity and socio-economic status on sleep practices of 6-to 7-month-old infants. Learning and Individual Differences, 46, 64-69.

Ballieux, H., Wass, S. V., Tomalski, P., Kushnerenko, E., Karmiloff-Smith, A., Johnson, M. H., & Moore, D. G. (2016). Applying gaze-contingent training within community settings to infants from diverse SES backgrounds. Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, 43, 8-17.

Frostick, C., Phillips, G., Renton, A., & Moore, D. (2016). The Educational and Employment Aspirations of Adolescents from Areas of High Deprivation in London. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 1-15.

Ballieux, H., Tomalski, P., Kushnerneko, E., Johnson, M. H., Karmiloff‐Smith, A., & Moore, D. G. (2016). Feasibility of Undertaking Off‐Site Infant Eye‐Tracking Assessments of Neuro‐Cognitive Functioning in Early‐Intervention Centres. Infant and Child Development, 25(1), 95-113.

Fox, H. C., Turner, J. J., Goodwin, J. E., Moore, D. G., Parrott, A. C., Fulton, S. E., ... & Singer, L. T. (2016). Developmental outcomes in infants prenatally exposed to Ecstasy (mdma): a prospective cohort study. International Journal of Psychology, 51, 917.

Singer, L. T., Moore, D. G., Min, M. O., Goodwin, J., Turner, J. J., Fulton, S., & Parrott, A. C. (2015). Developmental outcomes of 3, 4‐methylenedioxymethamphetamine (ecstasy)‐exposed infants in the UK. Human Psychopharmacology: Clinical and Experimental, 30(4), 290-294.

Smith, N. R., Lewis, D. J., Fahy, A., Eldridge, S., Taylor, S. J., Moore, D. G., ... & Cummins, S. (2015). Individual socio-demographic factors and perceptions of the environment as determinants of inequalities in adolescent physical and psychological health: the Olympic Regeneration in East London (ORiEL) study. BMC Public Health, 15(1), 1.

Turner, J. J., Parrott, A. C., Goodwin, J., Moore, D. G., Fulton, S., Min, M. O., & Singer, L. T. (2014). Psychiatric profiles of mothers who take Ecstasy/MDMA during pregnancy: Reduced depression 1 year after giving birth and quitting Ecstasy. Journal of Psychopharmacology, 28(1), 55-61. doi: 10.1177/0269881113515061

Parrott, A. C., Moore, D. G., Turner, J. J., Goodwin, J., Fulton, S., Min, M. O., & Singer, L. T. (2014). MDMA and heightened cortisol: a neurohormonal perspective on the pregnancy outcomes of mothers who used 'Ecstasy' during pregnancy. Human Psychopharmacology 01/2014; 29(1):1-7. DOI:10.1002/hup.2342

Phillips, G., Bottomley, C., Schmidt, E., Tobi, P., Lais, S., Yu, G., ... Moore, D. G... & Renton, A. (2014). Well London Phase-1: results among adults of a cluster-randomised trial of a community engagement approach to improving health behaviours and mental well-being in deprived inner-city neighbourhoods. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health  doi:10.1136/jech-2013-202505

Moore, D.G. & George, R. (2014) ACORNS: a tool for visual modelling of causes and outcomes in neuro-developmental disorders. In: Neurodevelopmental Disorders: Research Challenges and Solutions. Deborah Riby and Jo Van Herwegen (Eds). Routledge Psychology Press.

Singer, L., Moore, D. G., Min, M. O., Goodwin, J., Turner, J. J., Fulton, S., & Parrott, A. C. (2014). Longitudinal outcomes of MDMA (Ecstasy)-exposed infants in the United Kingdom. Drug & Alcohol Dependence, 140, e210.

Phillips, G., Bottomley, C., Schmidt, E., Tobi, P., Lais, S., Yu, G., .. Moore, D. G... & Renton, A. (2014). Measures of exposure to the Well London Phase-1 intervention and their association with health well-being and social outcomes. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health doi:10.1136/jech-2013-202507

Smith, N. R., Lewis, D. J., Fahy, A., Thompson, C., Clark, C., Stansfeld, S., ... & Petticrew, M. (2014). Changes in physical activity in East London's adolescents following the 2012 Olympic Games: findings from the prospective Olympic Regeneration in East London (ORiEL) cohort study. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, 68(Suppl 1), A23-A24.