Jesper Dammeyer

Jesper Dammeyer

Associate Professor

Member of:

    Research fields

    • Disability Psychology
    • Health Psychology
    • Educational Psychology
    • Developmental Psychology
    • Clinical Child Psychology
    • Personality Psychology
    • Psycholinguistics and communication


    Research group memberships

    Department of Psychology, University of Copenhagen: PCARE


    Research: brief description

    Jesper Dammeyer’s research career has focused on people with sensory impairment (congenital and acquired deafness, blindness, and deafblindness) and the variety of psychological consequences it has for social, language, and cognitive development. He is PI of three large projects: A project concerning consequences of deafblindness among elderly people; a project about early language development among children with congenital deafblindness; and a project investigating the development and education of congenitally deaf children. The projects currently includes 6 PhD students and 2 Postdocs/research assistants. Former projects have, among others, been mental health and development among children with congenital deafblindness, psychosocial wellbeing and literacy skills development among children with congenital hearing impairment. Jesper Dammeyer is recognized as one of the leading psychology researchers within the field of deafblindness.

    Other research areas are personality psychology. Jesper Dammeyer is PI for a project about personality and social networks. Another research area is educational psychology.


    Most important contributions outside academia

    Jesper Dammeyer has written >5 Danish language textbooks. He often shares knowledge through oral presentations and electronic media.

    Current research projects

    • Deafblindness: Congenital and acquired deafblindness and cognitive, social and language development and function among children and adults.
    • Deafness and hearing impairment: Congenital or acquired hearing impairment and psychological development: Well-being, mental and behavioral disorders, cognitive abilities, cochlear implantation.
    • Personality: Associations between personality, health, well-being, and disability. Social participation and personality. Personality tests. Personality online and offline.
    • Language development: Social and cognitive consequences of language delay or deprivation. Use of different language modalities and early cross-modal language development.
    • Disability Psychology: Socio-cultural models of disability reflecting social and medical understandings of disability.
    • Autism and intellectual impairment: Language development and behavior.
    • Communication: Support to people with severe communicative disorders. Associations between challenging behavior and communication difficulties.


    Major grants

    2005-2016: State grant (PI: Jesper Dammeyer: “Deafblindness”6.600.000 Dkr.

    2013-2017: Share of grant from KU's crossdisciplinary 2016-program: "Social Fabric: Personality in social networks" (PI: Jesper Dammeyer): 800.000 Dkr.

    2014-2017: Grant from the VELUX fund (PI: Jesper Dammeyer): "Sensory loss among elderly": 5.131.524 Dkr.



    -        Personality psychology (course coordinator)

    -        Educational psychology (course coordinator)

    -        Psychological testing

    -        Clinical psychology

    -        Developmental psychology

    -        Health psychology

    -        Master’s theses


    Selected publications

    Selected peer-reviewed international journal publications

    Dammeyer, J.,  Nielsen, A., Strøm, E. Hendar, O., Eiriksdottir, V. (2015).  A Case Study of Tactile Language and its Possible Structure: A Tentative Outline to Study Tactile Language Systems among Children with Congenital Deafblindness. Journal of Communication Disorders, Deaf Studies, and Hearing Impairment, 3(2).


    Dammeyer, J. (2014). Deafblindness. A Review of the Literature. Scandinavian Journal of Public Health, 42, 547-553.


    Køppe, S. & Dammeyer, J. (2014). The Change and Development of Statistical Methods Used in Research Articles in Child Development 1930-2010. Integrative Psychological & Behavioral Science.


    Dammeyer, J. (2014). Symptoms of autism among children with congenital deafblindness. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 44(5), 1095-1102.


    Dammeyer, J. (2014). Literacy Skills among Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students and Students with Cochlear Implants in Bilingual/Bicultural Education. Deaf Education International,16(2), 108-119.


    Bøttcher, L. & Dammeyer, J. (2013). Disability as a risk factor? Development of psychopathology in children with disabilities. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 34, 3607-3617.


    Dammeyer, J. (2013). Characteristics of a Danish population of acquired deafblindness. British Journal of Visual Impairment, 31(3), 189-197.


    Dammeyer, J. & Køppe, S. (2013) The Relationship Between Body Movements and Qualities of Social Interaction Between a Boy With Severe Developmental Disabilities and His Caregiver. Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, 51(3), 154-163.


    Bøttcher, L. Dammeyer, J. (2013).Disabilities. In L. Meyer (Ed.), Oxford Bibliographies in Education. New York: Oxford University Press


    Dammeyer, J. (2012). A longitudinal study of pragmatic language development in three children with cochlear implants. Deafness and Education International, 14(4), 217-232.


    Bøttcher, L. & Dammeyer, J. (2012). Disability as a Dialectical Concept - Building on Vygotsky’s Defectology. European Journal of Special Needs Education.


    Dammeyer, J. (2012). Identification of congenital deafblindness. British Journal of Visual Impairment, 30(2), 101-107.


    Dammeyer, J. (2012). Development and characteristics of children with Usher and CHARGE syndrome. International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology, 76(9), 1292-1296.


    Dammeyer, J. (2012). Children with Usher syndrome: Mental and behavioural disorders. Behavioral and Brain Functions, 8(16) doi:10.1186/1744-9081-8-16


    Dammeyer, J. (2011). Mental and behavioural disorders among people with congenital deafblindness. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 32(2), 571-575.


    Dammeyer, J. (2010). Interaction of dual sensory loss, cognitive function, and communication in people who are congenitally deaf-blind. Journal of Visual Impairment and Blindness. 104(11), 719-725.


    Dammeyer, J. (2010). Congenital rubella syndrome and delayed manifestations. International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology, 74(9), 1067-1070.


    Dammeyer, J. (2010). Prevalence and Aetiology of Congenitally Deafblind People in Denmark. International Journal of Audiology, 49, 76-82.  


    Dammeyer, J. (2010). Parent’s management of the development of their children with disabilities: Incongruence between psychological development and culture. Critical Practice Studies, 1, 42-55


    Dammeyer, J. (2010). Psychosocial development in a Danish population of children with cochlear implants and deaf and hard of hearing children. Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education. 15(1), 50-58.


    Dammeyer, J. (2008). Congenitally deafblind children and cochlear implants – effect on communication. Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education. 14(2), 278-288.


    Selected books

    Bøttcher, L. & Dammeyer, J. (2016) Disability – A Vygotskian perspective on young children’s development. New York: Springer


    Dammeyer, J. & Bøttcher, L. (2015). Kommunikationshandicap. [Communicative disabilities]. Copenhagen, Denmark: Samfundslitteratur.


    Marschark, M, Knoors, H., & Dammeyer, J. (2015). Undervisning og læring hos børn med høretab. [Teaching Deaf Learners.] Aalborg, Denmark: Materialecentret.


    Køppe, S. & Dammeyer, J. (2014). Personlighedspsykologi. Teorier om personlighed og subjektivitet. København: Hans Reitzel.


    Dammeyer, J. & Nielsen, A. (red.) (2013). Kropslig og taktil sprogudvikling. En antologi om forskellige sprogmodaliteters muligheder og umuligheder, undersøgt med afsæt i personer med medfødt døvblindhed. [Bodily and tactile language development. An anthology concerning different language modalities studies among people with congenital deafblindness.] Aalborg, Denmark: Materialecentret.


    Dammeyer, J. & Bøttcher, L. (2010). Handicappsykologi. København: Samfundslitteratur.


    Selected book chapters

    Svanwick, R., Hendar, O.,  Dammeyer, J., Kristoffersen, A., Salter, J., & Simonsen, J. (2014). Shifting Contexts and Practices in Sign Bilingual Education in Northern Europe. Implications for Professional Development and Training. In M. Marschark, G. Tang, H. Knoors (Eds.). Bilingualism and Bilingual Deaf Education. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.

    Dammeyer, J. & Hendar, O. (2013). Sensory impairment and mental health. In A. S. Wilson & M. S. Schneider (Eds.) Mental Health and Psychiatry, pp 29-52, New York, NY: Nova Science

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