Hill, Dr Cathy

Dr Cathy Hill


Sleep medicine

Training and education

  • Children’s polysomnography, Woolcock Institute, Sydney Australia (2004)
  • Atlanta Sleep School (2006)
  • Certified European somnologist (2015)


Dr Hill is an associate professor of child health at the University of Southampton and honorary consultant in paediatric sleep medicine. She has worked in the field of children’s sleep medicine since 1995. In 2004 she trained in children’s polysomnography in Sydney Australia with the Woolcock Institute and in 2006 furthered her knowledge at the Atlanta Sleep School. She used this learning to set up a research sleep laboratory in the Southampton Biomedical Research Centre. She is a member of the Pediatric Sleep Council an international group of experts providing web based advice on sleep problems in pre-school children, www.babysleep.com

Dr Hill lectures to undergraduate and postgraduate students at the University of Southampton and as an invited speaker at national and international meetings. In 2012 she co-chaired the 3rd International Paediatric Sleep Congress held in Manchester. This biennial meeting brought together the world community of children’s sleep researchers and clinicians. As part of her commitment to children and families she organised the inaugural ‘public participation’ session at this congress to bring cutting edge research to the families of children with narcolepsy and Kleine Levin Syndrome.

She has worked with the media both on radio and television on a number of occasions to promote healthy sleep in children.


Dr Hill has been researching children’s sleep disorders since 2004. She has recently concluded a large study of sleep disordered breathing in over 200 young children with Down syndrome, with collaborators in Sheffield Children’s Hospital and the Evelina Children’s Hospital London.

She has supervised many undergraduate and postgraduate research studies in childhood sleep as well as leading her own research. Particular areas of interest include the links between sleep, breathing and neurocognition. Her work has received a number of awards including the British Sleep Society award for the best new research 2005. Her students have received best free paper prizes at the British Association of Community Child Health on three occasions in 2006 and 2012 and second prize in 2007.

For more about Dr Hill’s research and publications, see her University of Southampton profile page