Naomi Dale

Dr Naomi Dale is a consultant clinical psychologist/ neuropsychologist and an expert in paediatric neurodisability and academic lead. She has worked at Great Ormond Street Hospital for over 25 years in the Neurodisability Service and she is also Associate Professor in Paediatric Neurodisability, UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health. 

She has held professional management lead posts for Psychology (Neurodisability) and continues as academic lead for the Developmental Vision Service.

“It is a privilege to work with such expert and dedicated colleagues and the ongoing inspiration of the children and their families. Communication between all parties is a key factor. Our clinical work must be based on the most up to date evidence and our integrated clinical and research team works together in the interests of children with disabilities and rare paediatric conditions.”

Dr Naomi Dale


Dr Dale has specialist expertise in the assessment and management of children with visual disorders and all levels of vision impairment and other complex neurodevelopmental disorders, including visual impairment and autism spectrum disorders.

Qualifications and training

  • BPS Division of Clinical Psychology 
  • BPS Division of Neuropsychology including BPS Faculty of Paediatric Neuropsychology
  • Registered Practitioner Psychologist, Professional Health Council 
  • PhD (Developmental Psychology, University of Cambridge) 
  • MA (Clinical Child Psychology, University of Nottingham)  
  • BA (Psychology, University of Manchester)  

Membership of professional bodies

  • British Psychological Association
  • Association of Child Psychology and Psychiatry (ACPP) 
  • British Academy of Childhood Disability (BACD) 
  • European Academy of Childhood Disability

Research interests

Dr Dale leads the Developmental Vision research programme (GOSH/ ICH) which pioneers research into the vision and developmental needs of children with vision impairment from infancy to adolescence. It aims to respond to clinical questions and to feed the research findings back into clinical services. She also advises national and international bodies on evidence-based care and management of children with vision impairment and their needs.

  • Dr Dale has been the Chief Investigator for grant-funded research projects in the field of Developmental Vision Research since 2004. Funders of research include national government/ Early Support, Fight for Sight, RNIB, GOSH Children’s Charity, NIHR, Ulverscroft Vision, UCL Impact and CHRAT.
  •  Her research programme at GOSH/UCL ICH covers early intervention and evaluation of the Developmental Journal Vision Impairment (OPTIMUM), development and validation of autism diagnostic battery for children with vision impairment (DaiSY), development of classification system of cerebral visual impairment, neuroscience studies of childhood vision impairment including brain: neuropsychology, psychological wellbeing and mental health and vision impairment and parenting needs.
  • For further details of the programme, please see the UCL Iris profile page

The Developmental Journal for infants and young children with vision impairment is available here


Developmental Vision clinic secretary: ext 1142