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Dr Keri Wong
Room 307
25 Woburn Square
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  • Lecturer in Psychology
  • IOE - Psychology & Human Development
  • UCL Institute of Education

I am a developmental psychologist and criminologist, lecturer, and part-time podcast host at UCL. I received my BA (Hons.) in Psychology and MA in Criminology from the University of Pennsylvania (USA) and a PhD in Psychology from the University of Cambridge. Durin my PhD, I developed the first dimensional assessment of paranoia in young children and adolescents, The Social Mistrust Scale (SMS), which has since been translated into 8 languages and used with schoolchildren and young patients. I was awarded the Camrbdige Betty Behrens Research Fellowship from Clare Hall College to research the causes of antisocial behaviours and schizophrenia-spectrum disorders using virtual reality. I joined UCL in 2018. 


Currently, I am co-Director of the Centre for Education in Criminal Justice System (CECJS), which provides a platform for knowledge exchange both academics and practitioners in the criminal justice system. I am PI of the UCL-Penn Global COVID Study (GlobalCovidStudy.com), an online survey on the impacts of COVID-19 on mental health and social trust, which has fed into UK policy recommendations and briefings. I was co-chair the IOE Early Career Network (@IOE_EarlyCareer; 2019-21), host of the official IOE podcast Research for the Real World, and sat on the Athena Swan Silver Award Self-Assessment Team. I currently host and founded the official IOE podcast for early career academics, Academia et al. (2021).


I am available for consultancy, invited talks, and anything where it means I can share my knowledge more widely and have engaging conversations. Just email me with your idea.

Research Summary

My research focuses on the developmental causes and consequences of crime and schizophrenia-spectrum disorders and the design of culturally-appropriate assessments for youth mental health symptoms.

Research interests:

  • Middle childhood (8 to 14 years)
  • COVID's impact on adults (18y+), families (parents + children), and BAME youths
  • Childhood dimensional assessments 
  • Schizophrenia-spectrum disorders (schizotypal personality, paranoia)
  • Child mental health (Internalising / externalising problem behaviours)
  • Callous-unemotional traits / antisocial behaviours
  • Psychopathy / Crime
  • Cross-cultural comparative research (UK, Hong Kong, China, Greece)

If you are looking for the Social Mistrust Scale, a dimensional assessment of paranoia in children and adolescents (download at www.KeriWong.com) or would like to collaborate on any research, please contact me directly.

Active projects (2021-present):

  1. COPE-WELL Study (PI) in collaboration with charity JEDelve, a UKRI HEIF funded knowledge exchange co-production research project aiming to examine the impacts of COVID-19 on BAME young people's mental health and the co-produce life-skill workshops for these young people in West London.
  2. TEACH-WELL Study (PI) in collaboration with Dr Eleanor Kitto (co-I) and funded by the IOE Centre for Teachers and Teaching Research Seed Fund to co-produce mental health resources to help trainee teachers better cope with the impacts of COVID-19 pandemic on their placement year.
  3. UCL-Osaka University Vax-Pac Study (PI) examines the reasons behind vaccine hesitancy in families in the UK and Japan in collaboration with Professor Asako Miura (Osaka University; co-I). This project is funded by the UCL-Osaka Strategic Partnership Fund.


  1. UCL-Penn Global COVID Study (2020-21) funded by the UCL Global Engagement Fund looking at the impacts of COVID-19 pandemic on adult's mental health, physical health, and social trust.
  2. ARTSMH 'Acing Mental Health Through Art' (2020-21) collaborative proejct with 6 undergraduate BSc Psychology with Education students funded by UCL Changemakers aims to destigmatise mental health issues through the medium of Art.

Research funded by

UKRI Higher Education Innovative Fund, Cambridge Betty Behrens Research (JRF) Fellowship, Cambridge Overseas Trust Award, British Psychological Society, Morris Viteles Award, Whitehead Fund Research Award, William T. Grant & Society for Research on Adolescence, W. Wing Yip & Brothers, Psi Chi, PsyPag, Newnham College Cambridge, Vagelos Award, Guarantors of Brain, Grindley Grant, Cambridge Philosophical Society, Oxford Psychology, UPenn Hewlett Award for Innovation in Research, UCL-Osaka Strategic Partnership Grant, UCL Global Engagemen Fund, UCL Mental Health and Wellbeing Grant, Centre for Teachers and Teaching Research Seed Fund, UCL ChangeMakers.

Prospective Masters/PhD students:

Please email me directly.

Teaching Summary

I lead, lecture and supervise across various undergraduate and master's modules:

  • Module Leader: Psychological Research, Personality and Individual Differences, Building Resilience and Mental Health, Criminal Journeys.
  • Lecturer: Social & Developmental Psychology, Research Methods & Statistics, Brain & Behaviour, Cognitive Psychology, CBT for Psychosis, Applied Social & Developmental Psychology, Atypical and Typical Development, Methods of Enquiry.
  • Tutor & Research Dissertation Supervisor: 84 BA Cambridge students (2010-2018), 54 BSc dissertation students (2018-22): 11 (2018-19), 8 (2019-20), 9 (2020-21), 8 (2021-22), and 3 MPhil/MSc students (2018-22).

Current PhD/DClinPsy students:

  • Tom Milson (PhD, 1st, 2019-22)
  • Tammy Hung (DClinPsy,1st, 2021-23)
  • Abigail Burgess (PhD, 2nd, 2019-22)
  • Pengjie Yang (PhD, 2nd, 2019-22)

SEP-2018 Assistant Professor (Lecturer) in Psychology Department of Psychology and Human Development University College London, Institute of Education, United Kingdom
AUG-2015 – SEP-2018 Betty Behrens Research (JRF) Fellow Department of Psychology University of Cambridge, United Kingdom
Academic Background
2014   Doctor of Philosophy University of Cambridge
2010   Bachelor of Arts (Honours) University of Pennsylvania
2010   Master of Arts University of Pennsylvania
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