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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. I received my BA (Hons.) in Psychology and MA in Criminology from the University of Pennsylvania and a PhD in Psychology from the University of Cambridge. I was subsequently awarded the Betty Behrens Research Fellowship from the University of Cambridge, Clare Hall to conduct research into the causes of antisocial behaviours and schizophrenia-spectrum disorders and developed the first dimensional assessment of paranoia in young children and adolescents: The Social Mistrust Scale (SMS). I joined UCL in 2018. 


Currently, I am co-Director of the Centre for Education in Criminal Justice System (CECJS) and 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 is feeding into UK policy recommendations and briefings. I also co-chair the IOE Early Career Network (@IOE_EarlyCareer; 2019-21), host the IOE podcast Research for the Real World, and sit on the Athena Swan Silver Award Self-Assessment Team.


I am available for consultancy. Please email me directly.

Research Summary

My research interests are in the early assessments of childhood mental wellbeing, childhood paranoia/suspiciousness, antisocial and aggressive behaviours, and schizophrenia-spectrum disorders (schizotypal personality disorder) across cultures. 

My research interests are:

  • Middle childhood (8 to 14 years)
  • COVID's impact on adults (18y+) and families (mental health of parents + children)
  • 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.

Prospective Masters/PhD students:
Please email me directly.

Teaching Summary

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

Module LeaderPsychological Research, Personality and Individual Differences, 

Building Resilience and Mental Health, Criminal Journeys.

LecturerSocial & Developmental Psychology, Research Methods & Statistics, Brain & Behaviour, Cognitive Psychology, CBT for Psychosis, Applied Social & Developmental Psychology, Atypical and Typical Development (2018-19), Methods of Enquiry (2020).

Tutor & Dissertation Supervisor: 54 BSc students (2018-21), 3 PhDs (2019-2022), 1 DClinPsy (2021-23) and 3 MSc (2018-22), dissertation students: 11 (2018-19), 8 (2019-20), 9 (2020-21), 8 (2021-22).

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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