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School of Biological and Behavioural Sciences

Dr Bosiljka Milosavljevic


Lecturer in Psychology (T&R)

Room Number: 2.01, Fogg Building
Twitter: @BosiljkaMilosav

Undergraduate Teaching

  • PSY100 – Essential Skills for Psychologists
  • PSY600 - Research project (BSc Psychology)

Postgraduate Teaching

  • PSY724P - Developmental Psychology
  • PSY720P - Research Project (MSc Psychology Conversion)


Research Interests:

My research focuses on identifying infant markers of childhood neurocognitive and mental health outcomes. I study how early behaviour, attention, and neural function develop and interact with environmental risk and resilience factors. I am particularly interested in examining development in the context of global health and supporting the implementation of neurodevelopmental research into diverse, global contexts. 

Current projects

  • The Brain Imaging for Global Health (BRIGHT) Project examines development from the antenatal period to preschool age among children in a rural area of The Gambia and UK. The goal of this study is to map trajectories of brain and cognitive development in these populations to better understand the impact of poverty-related risk and the role of protective factors in development. 



Katus, L., Crespo-Llado, M., Milosavljevic, B., Saidykhan, M., Njie, O., Fadera, T., McCann, S., Acolatse, L., Perapoch Amado, M., Rozhko, M., Moore, S.E., Elwell, C.E., Lloyd-Fox, S., & The BRIGHT Project Team (2024). It takes a village: Caregiver diversity and language contingency in the UK and rural Gambia. Infant Behavior and Development, 74, 101913. 


McCann, S., Mason, L., Milosavljevic, B., Mbye, E., Touray, E., Colley, A., Johnson, W., Lloyd-Fox, S., Elwell, C.E., Moore, S.E., & The BRIGHT Study Team (2023). Iron status in early infancy is associated with trajectories of cognitive development up to pre-school age in rural Gambia. PLOS Global Public Health, 3(11), e0002531. 

Milosavljevic, B., Cook, C.J., Fadera, T., Ghillia, G., Howard, S.J., Makaula, H., Mbye, E., McCann, S., Merkley, R., Mshudulu, M., Saidykhan, M., Touray, E., Tshetu, N., Elwell, C., Moore, S.E., Scerif, G., Draper, C.E., & Lloyd-Fox, S (2023). Executive functioning skills and their environmental predictors among pre-school aged children in South Africa and The Gambia. Developmental Science, e13407.


Katus, L., Milosavljevic, B., Rozhko, M., McCann, S., Mason, L., Mbye, E., Touray, E., Moore, S.E., Elwell, C.E., Lloyd-Fox, S., de Haan, M., & The BRIGHT Study Team (2022). Neural marker of habituation at 5 months of age associated with deferred imitation performance at 12 months: A longitudinal study in the UK and The Gambia. Children, 9(7), 988.


Godoy, P. B. G., Shephard, E., Milosavljevic, B., Johnson, M. H., & Charman, T. (2020). Brief report: Associations between cognitive control processes and traits of autism spectrum disorder (ASD), attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and anxiety in children at elevated and typical familial likelihood for ASD. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders 2020, 1–13.

Shephard, E., Milosavljevic, B., Mason, L., Elsabbagh, M., Tye, C., Gliga, T., Jones, E. J., Charman, T., Johnson, M. H., Baron-Cohen, S., Bedford, R., Bolton, P., Chandler, S., Fernandes, J., Garwood, H., Hudry, K., Pasco, G., Pickles, A., Tucker, L., & Volein, A. (2020). Neural and behavioural indices of face processing in siblings of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD): A longitudinal study from infancy to mid-childhood. Cortex127, 162–179.

Katus, L., Mason, L., Milosavljevic, B., McCann, S., Rozhko, M., Moore, S. E., Elwell, C. E., Lloyd-Fox, S., de Haan, M., Drammeh, S., Mbye, E., Touray, E., Ceesay, M., Jobarteh, B., Darboe, M. K., Austin, T., & Prentice, A. (2020). ERP markers are associated with neurodevelopmental outcomes in 1–5 month old infants in rural Africa and the UK. NeuroImage210, 116591.


Milosavljevic, B., Vellekoop, P., Maris, H., Halliday, D., Drammeh, S., Sanyang, L., Darboe, M. K., Elwell, C., Moore, S. E., & Lloyd‐Fox, S. (2019). Adaptation of the Mullen Scales of Early Learning for use among infants aged 5‐ to 24‐months in rural Gambia. Developmental Science22(5).


Salomone, E., Shephard, E., Milosavljevic, B., Johnson, M. H., Charman, T., & BASIS Team. (2018). Adaptive Behaviour and Cognitive Skills: Stability and Change from 7 Months to 7 Years in Siblings at High Familial Risk of Autism Spectrum Disorder. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders48(9), 2901–2911.

Shephard, E., Bedford, R., Milosavljevic, B., Gliga, T., Jones, E. J. H., Pickles, A., Johnson, M. H., Charman, T., & BASIS Team. (2018). Early developmental pathways to childhood symptoms of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, anxiety and autism spectrum disorder. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry


Milosavljevic, B., Shephard, E., Happé, F. G., Johnson, M. H., Charman, T., & BASIS Team. (2017). Anxiety and Attentional Bias to Threat in Children at Increased Familial Risk for Autism Spectrum Disorder. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders47(12), 3714–3727.

Shephard, E., Milosavljevic, B., Pasco, G., Jones, E. J. H., Gliga, T., Happé, F. G., Johnson, M. H., Charman, T., & BASIS Team. (2017). Mid-childhood outcomes of infant siblings at familial high-risk of autism spectrum disorder. Autism Research10(3), 546–557.


Milosavljevic, B., Carter Leno, V., Simonoff, E., Baird, G., Pickles, A., Jones, C. R. G., Erskine, C., Charman, T., & Happé, F. G. (2016). Alexithymia in adolescents with autism spectrum disorder: Its relationship to internalising difficulties, sensory modulation and social cognition. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders46(4), 1354–1367.


Zebrowitz, L. A., Franklin, R. G., Boshyan, J., Luevano, V., Agrigoroaei, S., Milosavljevic, B., & Lachman, M. E. (2014). Older and younger adults’ accuracy in discerning health and competence in older and younger faces. Psychology and Aging29(3), 454–468.


Percac-Lima, S., Milosavljevic, B., Oo, S. A., Marable, D., & Bond, B. (2012). Patient navigation to improve breast cancer screening in Bosnian refugees and immigrants. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health14(4), 727–730.

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