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Catherine Hill, BM, MSc, MRCP, FRCPCH, ES

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Catherine Hill, BM, MSc, MRCP, FRCPCH, ES

Associate Professor
Child Health, Division
Clinical Experimental Sciences

Chair, Faculty of Medicine Ethics Committee
Honorary Consultant in Paediatric Sleep Medicine
Southampton Children’s Hospital
Southampton, United Kingdom

Dr. Cathy Hill is an Associate Professor in Child Health at the University of Southampton and Consultant in Sleep Medicine at Southampton Children’s Hospital in the United Kingdom. She is a certified European Somnologist and leads a multi-disciplinary children’s sleep disorder service which provides secondary and tertiary diagnostic and therapeutic services across the South of England. She has a long-standing interest in education and in the early years of her consultant career was involved in undergraduate curriculum development and the commissioning of a new education center. Teaching remains a focus and she has developed a post-graduate sleep training course for professionals which aims to give pediatricians, child psychologists & psychiatrists and nurses the practical knowledge and skills to manage children’s sleep disorders. She has delivered this multi-professional training in Australia and New Zealand. Dr. Hill’s research interests embrace sleep and neurocognition in both typically developing children and those with developmental disorders. Current and recent research includes as chief investigator for a multi-center study of sleep disordered breathing in young children with Down syndrome and the study of movement disorders in sleep.


Sleep Advice


Gwyther A, Walter AS and Hill CM. Rhythmic movement disorder in childhood: an integrative review. In press. Sleep Medicine Reviews.

Gahleitner F, Hill CM and Evans HJ. Paediatric Sleep Physiology and Sleep Disordered Breathing. In press ENT Masterclass.

McCann M, Bayliss DM, Pestel C, Hill CM, Bucks RS. The relationship between Sleep and Working Memory in Children with Neurological Conditions. Child Neuropsychology. 2016. 09297049.2016.1231298

Hill CM, Carroll A, Dimitriou D, Gavlak J, Heathcote K, L’Esperance V, Baya A, Webster R, Pushpanathan M, Bucks RS. Sleep quality and respiratory parameters in Andean children native to high altitude compared to low altitude dwelling peers: a polysomnographic study.  In press. SLEEP August 2nd 2016.

Hill CM and Evans HE. The investigation of sleep disordered breathing: seeing through a glass, darkly? In press. Editorial Archives of Disease in Childhood. 2016

Stickland A, Clayton E, Sankey R, Hill CM. A qualitative study of sleep quality in children and their resident parents when in hospital. Archives of Disease in Childhood. 2016;101(6):546-51. doi: 10.1136/archdischild-2015-309458

Baird J, Hill CM, Robinson S, Godfrey K, Harvey N, Cooper C, Inskip HM. Sleep duration at age 3 relates to lean and fat mass at age 4: the Southampton Women’s Survey. J of Sleep Research 2016. Aug;25(4):412-8. doi: 10.1111/jsr.12389

Hill CM, Baya A, Gavlak J, Carroll A, Heathcote K, Dimitriou D, Lesperance V, Webster R, Holloway J, Virues-Ortega J, Kirkham F, Bucks R & Hogan A. Adaptation to Life in the High Andes: Nocturnal Oxyhemoglobin Saturation in Early Development. Sleep 2016. May 1;39 (5):1001-. DOI:10.5665/sleep.5740

Ashworth, A., Hill, C.M., Karmiloff-Smith, A. and Dimitriou, D. The differential effects of sleep on declarative memory consolidation in children with Down syndrome and Williams syndrome. Developmental Science 2015.1-13. doi: 10.1111/desc.12383

Sanders E, Hill CM, Evans H and Tuffrey C. The development of a screening questionnaire for obstructive sleep apnoea syndrome in children with Down syndrome. Frontiers in Psychiatry Sleep Special Edition. 2015; 6: Article Number: 147

Ashworth, A., Hill, C.M., Karmiloff-Smith, A. and Dimitriou, D The importance of sleep: Attentional problems in school-aged children with Down syndrome and Williams syndrome. Behavioral Sleep Medicine. 2014 Aug 15:1-17.

Holley S, Whitney A, Kirkham FJ, Freeman A ; Nelson E; Whitlingum G, Hill CM. Executive Function and Sleep Problems in Childhood Epilepsy , Epilepsy and Behaviour 2014; 37: 20-25

Hill CM, Annaz D, Baya A, Heathcote K, Paul A, Gavlak J, L’Esperance V, Bucks RS. Cognitive performance in high altitude Andean residents compared to low altitude populations: from childhood to older age. Neuropsychology Vol 28(5), Sep 2014, 752-760.

Ashworth, A., Hill, C.M., Karmiloff-Smith, A. and Dimitriou, D. (2013). Sleep enhances declarative and procedural learning in school-aged children. J Sleep Res. 2014; 23:304-10.

Axelson EL, Hill CM, Sadeh A, Dimitriou D. Sleep problems and language development in toddlers with Williams Syndrome. Research in Developmental Disabilities. 4 (2013) 3988–3996.

Dawson NC, Bucks R, Padoa KA, Evans H, McCaughey EM, Hill CM. Ventilatory function in children with severe motor disorders using night-time postural equipment. Developmental Medicine Child Neurology (2013)

Ashworth A, Hill CM, Karmiloff-Smith A, Annaz D. Cross syndrome comparison of sleep problems in children with Down syndrome and Williams syndrome. Research in Developmental Disabilities. 34 (2013), pp. 1572-1580

Wayte S, McCaughey L, Holley S, D.Annaz, Hill C. Sleep problems in children with cerebral palsy and their relationship with maternal sleep and depression. Acta Pædiatrica 2012 101, pp. 618–623

Holley S, Hill CM, Stevenson J .An hour less sleep is a risk factor for clinically significant childhood conduct problems. Child Care Health and Development. 2011; 37 (4): 563-570

Hill CM. Effective management of behavioural insomnia in childhood. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry.2011; 52 (7): 731-740

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