Visiting Fellows

Dr Karla Holmboe

Staff positionVisiting Fellow

Dr Karla Holmboe finished her BA Psychology at the University of Copenhagen in 2002, then her MSc Cognitive Neuropsychology at UCL, London, in 2003, before completing her PhD Psychology at Birkbeck College, London, in 2008. She was then an MRC/ESRC Post-doctoral Research Fellow at King's College London, before joining the Department of Psychology at the University of Essex as a British Academy Post-doctoral Research Fellow between 2011 and 2016. She is now at the Department of Experimental Psychology at the University of Oxford.

Current research

Dr Holmboe is currently collaborating with Dr Silvia Rigato on a project investigating the development of attention and social skills during the first 10 months of life. The project is funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Research interests
  • Development of executive functions in infancy and childhood
  • Individual longitudinal trajectories in a range of psychological traits with a particular focus on executive functions
  • Genetic and environmental influences on individual differences during development

Holmboe, K., Rijsdijk, F. V., Hallett, V., Happé, F., Plomin, R., & Ronald, A. (2014). Strong genetic influences on the stability of autistic traits in childhood. Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, 53(2), 221-230.

Leonard, H. C., Bedford, R., Charman, T., Elsabbagh, M., Johnson, M. H., Hill, E. L., Baron-Cohen, S., Bolton, P., Chandler, S., Garwood, H., Holmboe, K., Hudry, K. (2013). Motor development in children at risk of autism: A follow-up study of infant siblings. Autism, (Epub ahead of print).

Holmboe, K., Nemoda, Z., Fearon, R. M. P., Sasvari-Szekely, M., & Johnson, M. H. (2011). Dopamine D4 receptor and serotonin transporter gene effects on the longitudinal development of infant temperament. Genes, Brain and Behavior, 10(5), 513-522.

Elsabbagh, M., Holmboe, K., Gliga, T., Mercure, E., Hudry, K., Charman, T., Baron-Cohen, S., Bolton, P., Johnson, M.H., & the BASIS team (2011). Social and attention factors during infancy and the later emergence of autism characteristics. In: Braddick, O., Atkinson, J., & Innocenti, G.M. (eds.), Progress in Brain Research vol. 189 (pp. 195-207). Amsterdam: Elsevier.

Holmboe, K., Elsabbagh, M., Volein, A., Tucker, L. A., Baron-Cohen, S., Bolton, P., Charman, T., Johnson, M. H. (2010). Frontal cortex functioning in the infant broader autism phenotype. Infant Behavior and Development, 33(4), 482-491.

Holmboe, K., Nemoda, Z., Fearon, R. M. P., Csibra, G., Sasvari-Szekely, M., & Johnson, M. H. (2010). Polymorphisms in dopamine system genes are associated with individual differences in attention in infancy. Developmental Psychology, 46(2), 404-416. (Rated as a ‘Must Read’ article on Faculty of 1000 Biology:

Elsabbagh, M., Volein, A., Holmboe, K., Tucker, L., Csibra, G., Baron-Cohen, S., Bolton, P., Charman, T., Baird, G., & Johnson, M. H. (2009). Visual orienting in the early broader autism phenotype: Disengagement and facilitation. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 50(5), 637-642.

Elsabbagh, M., Volein, A., Csibra, G., Holmboe, K., Garwood, H., Tucker, L., Krljes, S., Baron-Cohen, S., Bolton, P., Charman, T., Baird, G., & Johnson, M. H. (2009). Neural correlates of eye gaze processing in the infant broader autism phenotype. Biological Psychiatry, 65, 31-38.

Holmboe, K., Fearon, R. M. P., Csibra, G., Tucker, L. A., & Johnson, M. H. (2008). “Freeze-Frame”: A new infant inhibition task and its relation to frontal cortex tasks in infancy and early childhood. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 100(2), 89-114.

Holmboe, K., & Johnson, M. H. (2005). Educating executive attention. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 102(41), 14479-14480.

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