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Appointment
  • Associate Professor in Developmental Psychology
  • IOE - Psychology & Human Development
  • UCL Institute of Education
Biography

I was Project Coordinator and Manager of the Twins Early Development Study (TEDS) from its launch in 1995, before attaining my PhD from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience (IoPPN), King’s College London in 2006. Thereafter, I had various post-doctoral positions at IoPPN, as well as being Senior Research Lead for the National Academy for Parenting Research (2007-2009).

I was a Lecturer then Senior Lecturer at the University of Sussex (2012-2017) and Senior Lecturer at Goldsmiths, University of London (2017-2020), before joining UCL Institute of Education (IOE) as an Associate Professor in Developmental Psychology in July 2020. I am the Lead for the IOE Mental Health and Wellbeing in Education Network, as well as for the departmental Mental Health Research Group, Department of Psychology and Human Development.

Research Groups
Research Summary

I am a developmental psychologist and behavioural geneticist, I have diverse research and applied experience, including in large cohort studies as well as working and collaborating with educational psychologists, child psychiatrists and practitioners. My research focuses on children’s socio-emotional development, psychological adjustment and mental health, with specific emphasis on the role of family, school and the connections between them. In particular, I consider genetic and environmental aetiology of individual differences in development and intervention response, as well as methods that facilitate detailed understanding of interpersonal relationships suitable for large-scale studies, to improve reach, scale and diversity in intervention research.

Teaching Summary

I am Module Lead for two masters-level modules and teach on both:

- Individual Differences and Social Psychology in Education

- Social and Individual Development


I also teach on the following masters-level modules:

- Core Topics in the Psychology of Education

- Development of Brain and Behaviour

- Contemporary issues in Educational Psychology

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