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Dr Bonamy R. Oliver
24-26 Woburn Square
London
WC1H 0AA
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Appointment
  • Associate Professor in Developmental Psychology
  • IOE - Psychology & Human Development
  • UCL Institute of Education
Biography

I was the first Project Co-ordinator of the now internationally renowned Twins Early Development Study (TEDS; 1995-2000) at the Institute of Psychiatry, Kings' College London. There, I completed my PhD in Psychology and Behavioural Genetics and my post-doctoral training. I became a Senior Researcher at the National Academy for Parenting Research before joining faculty at University of Sussex (2012-2017) and at Goldsmiths, University of London (2017-2020). I came to IOE, UCL's Faculty of Education and Society in July 2020. I have diverse research and applied experience, including sustained core roles over many years in UK cohort studies (TEDS; CoTEDS; Early Life Cohort) as well as working with educational and clinical psychologists, psychiatrists, and family practitioners.


I am Chair of IOE’s Mental Health and Wellbeing in Education Network, Director of the NurtureLab, and lead UCL's contribution to the International Center for Coparenting Policy and Research. I am Advisory Board/Steering Committee Member for UCL's Institute of Mental Health, UCL’s Children and Young People's Mental Health Group, and for ICH GOS Mental Health Strategic Initiative. I am also Scientific Advisor for the Accessible Genetics Consortium.

Research Summary
My research focuses on children's psychological adjustment and mental health, with specific emphasis on the role of family relationships and school. I study longitudinal, often bidirectional, mechanisms important for children's adjustment, as well as examining gene-environment interplay for individual differences in outcomes. In addition, I design and develop novel methodologies with the aim of broadening the reach, scope and diversity of research and practice whilst reducing our carbon footprint.


My innovative methodology for observing parent-child interactions online has been twice shortlisted for a Digital Impact Award from the Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health (2021; 2022). If you are interested in using the freely available tool, please contact me.

Teaching Summary

I am Module co-Lead for two masters-level modules (Social and Individual Development, Core Topics in the Psychology of Education). I also teach on several other masters-level modules.

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