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Dr Jan Zirk-Sadowski

PhD alumnus

Jan Zirk-Sadowski is available for consultancy.


Jan Zirk-Sadowski did his PhD at the Centre for Neuroscience in Education (CNE) under the supervision of Dr Denes Szucs, and with advisory guidance from Dr Luke Clark of the Laboratory for Affect, Risk and Gambling Experiments (LARGE). Jan's PhD research included a large scale project designed by Dr Mike Aitken (LARGE) and Prof Sir David Spiegelhalter (Statistical Laboratory, Department of Pure Mathematics and Mathematical Statistics). Jan is a life member of Darwin College, Cambridge.

Between 2010-2015 he worked as an associate lecturer in statistics at the Social Sciences Research Methods Programme. He has held postdoctoral position at the MRC Multicentre Otitis Media Study Group/Eurotitis-2 Study Group, University of Cambridge. He has also worked as a consultant statistician for the prospective longitudinal projects Z-PROSO of the Criminological Research Unit, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology ETH in Zurich and the Institute of Criminology, University of Cambridge.

Before studying for a PhD Jan graduated with a distinction a five year full-time MSc programme at the Warsaw School of Social Psychology affiliated with the Nencki Institute of Experimental Biology. His PhD project in CNE was focused on cognitive and emotional factors of numerical development. These investigations studied cognition and emotions with behavioural, psychophysiological and fMRI designs (in collaboration with Dr Robert Dudas, Health Neuroscience Group, Department of Psychiatry). 

Jan's statistical interests have been centered around frequentist and Bayesian multivariate, multidimensional and multilevel analyses of covariance structure. His methodological interests have been connected with strengthening causal inference from experimental and observational data. Jan has been a statistical supervisor to undergraduates in the School of Biological Sciences, adviser to students taking courses in the Social Sciences Research Methods Centre, Judge Business School and has given lectures on advanced research methods.

In May 2012 he was nominated for an award at the ESPO Congress of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology in Amsterdam for his collaborative project on otitis media with Prof Haggard's multicentre Eurotitis-2 Study Group.

Jan studied in the CNE due to the kindness of the Jolanta and Leszek Czarnecki Foundation, the Sidney Perry Foundation, the Sir Richard Stapley Educational Trust and other grant awarding bodies. 

In June 2015 Dr Zirk-Sadowski was appointed to a Research Fellow at the University of Exeter Medical School.


  • memory
  • learning
  • cognitive neuroscience


  • cognitive control
  • psycho-physiology

Key Publications

Zirk-Sadowski J., Obsuth, I., Ribeaud, D., & Eisner, M. (2015). Eight-year Trajectories of Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) Symptoms and Dimensions of Aggression in a Swiss Youth Cohort. (under review)

Averdijk, M., Zirk-Sadowski, J., Ribeaud, D. & Eisner, M.  (2015). Long‑term Effects of Two Psychosocial Interventions on Adolescent Externalizing Behaviour, Substance Use and Delinquency: a Cluster Randomized Controlled Trial. (under review)

Zirk-Sadowski, J. Dudas, R. & Fletcher, P. (2015). Neural Connectivity in Borderline Personality, Major Depression and Modulated Cognition. (resubmission)

Zirk‑Sadowski, J. Haggard, M. and Spencer, H. (2015). The Hearing - Language Link: Is it Really Predominant in the Developmental Impact of OME? (In submission).

Zirk-Sadowski, J., Lamptey, C., Devine, A., Haggard, M. and Szűcs, D. (2014), Young-Age Gender Differences in Mathematics Mediated by Independent Control or Uncontrollability. Developmental Science, 17(3). doi: 10.1111/desc.12126

Zirk-Sadowski, J., Szucs, D., & Holmes, J. (2013). Content-Specificity in Verbal Recall: a Randomized Controlled Study. PLOS ONE, 8(11). doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0079528.

Zirk-Sadowski J., Singh R., Yathiraj K., Harwood S., Szalma B., Owens B., Colquhoun A., Denman C., Dudas R. (2013). SSRI Taking and Emotional/Clinical Responding in Borderline Personality Disorder. Conference Paper.  Journal of Psychopharmacology, 27(8).