Professor Steven Dakin

Professor Dakin's work seeks to understand the parts of your brain that support vision, and how they can go wrong during childhood.

Professor Dakin’s work seeks to understand the parts of your brain that support vision, and how they can go wrong during childhood.

Starting with a PhD in Scotland, he ended up (by way of Canada) as a Professor at University College London in the UK. Professor Dakin moved to New Zealand in 2014 to run New Zealand’s only School of Optometry and Vision Science. In New Zealand, his research focuses on detecting visual problems in children (particularly using new technologies such as eye-tracking), and differences in the way children see the world to diagnose conditions such as autism spectrum disorder.



Research Projects



The kids who inspire this research

Amelia and Grace

Twins Grace and Amelia were born prematurely at 27 weeks. They have extreme chronic…

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Connor Lehan

Connor was initially labeled as a ‘problem child’ during his kindergarten years. He was…

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Lukas

Leaving neonatal care, Lukas failed a hearing test and was later diagnosed with high…

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Mykal

Mykal has spastic dystonic quadriplegia (cerebral palsy) and has had too many surgeries to count…

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