Marialivia Bernardi

Dr Marialivia Bernardi PhD, MSc, BSc, PGCertHE, FHEA

Lecturer in Psychology

Key details

Dr Marialivia Bernardi

Lecturer in Psychology

Marialivia joined the School of Human Sciences as a Lecturer in Psychology in May 2019.

Marialivia teaches developmental psychology, neuropsychology and psychopathology to BSc and MSc students at the University of Greenwich. Her research expertise focuses on the development of cognitive and academic abilities in children and adolescents with neurodevelopmental disorders, including Developmental Coordination Disorder.

Marialivia previously worked as a research associate at UCL, investigating neurodevelopmental outcomes of extremely preterm birth. She completed her PhD at City, University of London, examining the relationship between the development of motor coordination and executive functioning and focusing on academic, cognitive and language ability in children with Developmental Coordination Disorder. Marialivia is a qualified therapist for children with neurodevelopmental disorders and previously worked in both clinical and educational settings.

Posts held previously:
  • 2018-2019: Research Associate, Department of Neonatology, Institute for Women’s Health, University College London
  • 2014-2017: PhD Candidate, Division of Language and Communication Science, School of Health Sciences, City, University of London
  • 2012-2013: Research Assistant, Department of Psychology, London South Bank University
  • 2010-2012: Learning Support Assistant, various primary and secondary schools, London and South Wales
  • 2007-2009: Paediatric Neuro-Psychomotor Therapist, National Health Service, Venice, Italy

Responsibilities within the university

  • Module Leader:
    • Current Issues in Child and Adolescent Psychology (MSc Child and Adolescent Psychology)
    • Advanced Developmental Psychology (MSc Psychology Conversion)
  • Supervising BSc, MSc and PhD students
  • Early Career Researchers Representative for the Faculty of Education, Health and Human Sciences
  • Member:
    • Faculty Research Degrees Committee
    • Faculty Research and Enterprise Committee
    • Faculty Board
  • Research Curator for the School of Human Sciences (coordinating student research participation)


Reviewer for:

  • Research in Developmental Disabilities
  • Child Neuropsychology
  • Developmental Neuropsychology
  • Infant and Child Development
  • Journal of Motor Behavior

Research / Scholarly interests

Marialivia's research investigates the relationship between cognitive and motor development, and the impact of motor skills on higher order thinking (executive function). Her research aims to understand the cognitive, language and academic abilities of individuals with neurodevelopmental disorders, particularly in children and adolescents with Developmental Coordination Disorder (also known as Dyspraxia).

Recent publications


Marlow, Neil , Ni, Yanyan, Lancaster, Rebecca, Suonpera, Emmi , Bernardi, Marialivia , Fahy, Amanda , Larsen, Jennifer , Trickett, Jayne , Hurst, John R , Morris, Joan (2021), No change in neurodevelopment at 11 years after extremely preterm birth. BMJ. In: , , , . BMJ, Archives of Disease in Childhood - Fetal and Neonatal Edition, 106 (4) . pp. 418-424 ISSN: 1359-2998 (Print), 1468-2052 (Online) (doi:

Messer, David , Bernardi, Marialivia, Botting, Nicola, Hill, Elisabeth L. , Nash, Gilly , Leonard, Hayley C. , Henry, Lucy A. (2018), An exploration of the factor structure of executive functioning in children. Frontiers Media. In: , , , . Frontiers Media, Frontiers in Psychology, 9: 1179 ISSN: 1664-1078 (Print), 1664-1078 (Online) (doi:

Bernardi, Marialivia , Leonard, Hayley C, Hill, Elisabeth L, Botting, Nicola , Henry, Lucy A (2017), Executive functions in children with developmental coordination disorder: a 2-year follow-up study. Wiley. In: , , , . Wiley, Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology, 60 (3) . pp. 306-313 ISSN: 0012-1622 (Print), 1469-8749 (Online) (doi:

Leonard, Hayley C. , Bernardi, Marialivia, Hill, Elisabeth L., Henry, Lucy A. (2015), Executive functioning, motor difficulties, and developmental coordination disorder. Taylor & Francis. In: , , , . Taylor & Francis, Developmental Neuropsychology, 40 (4) . pp. 201-215 ISSN: 8756-5641 (Print), 1532-6942 (Online) (doi:

Bernardi, Marialivia , Leonard, Hayley C., Hill, Elisabeth L., Henry, Lucy A. (2015), Brief report: Response inhibition and processing speed in children with motor difficulties and developmental coordination disorder. Taylor & Francis. In: , , , . Taylor & Francis, Child Neuropsychology, 22 (5) . pp. 627-634 ISSN: 0929-7049 (Print), 1744-4136 (Online) (doi: