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Dr Keri Wong
Room 312
26 Woburn Square
  • 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 (USA). I went on to complete a PhD in Psychology from the University of Cambridge Newnham College where I developed the first dimensional assessment of paranoia in young children and adolescents: The Social Mistrust Scale (SMS). I was subsequently awarded the Betty Behrens Research Fellowship (JRF) from Clare Hall College, University of Cambridge to conduct an independent line of research into antisocial behaviours, schizophrenia-spectrum disorders, and virtual reality. I joined UCL in 2018.

Research Summary

I am interested in the early assessments of childhood mental wellbeing. These include 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)
  • 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 (available in Chinese and English) or would like to collaborate on any research, please contact me directly.

Prospective students:
If you are a student interested in working with me, please email me.

Teaching Summary

For 2018-20, I am supervising and teaching on the following courses:

  • Year 1: Psychological Research, Personality and Individual Differences (Module Leader)
  • Year 2: Social & Developmental Psychology, Research Methods, Brain & Behaviour.
  • Year 3: Criminal Journeys, CBT for Psychosis, and final-year dissertation projects (2018-19: 11 students; 2019-20: 7 students).
  • MsC: Atypical and Typical Development - Psychosis (2018-19)
  • Mentor: 19 BSc students (2018)
  • Supervisor: 2 PhDs (2018-22), 2 MSc (2019-20)

SEP-2018 Lecturer (Assistant Professor) 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 PhD Doctor of Philosophy – Psychology University of Cambridge
2010 BA Hons Bachelor of Arts (Honours) – Psychology University of Pennsylvania
2010 MA Master of Arts – Criminology University of Pennsylvania
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