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

Keri is a developmental psychologist and criminologist, podcast host at the UCL Institute of Education and winner of the 2022 UCL Student Choice Award (university) and UCL Provost Education Award (faculty). Currently she is an Associate Professor in Psychology and co-Director of the UCL Centre for Education in Criminal Justice System (ECJ), a knowledge exchange hub for both academics and practitioners in the criminal justice system. Prior to joining UCL Keri was the Cambridge Betty Behrens Fellow where she researched the causes of antisocial behaviours and schizophrenia-spectrum disorders. She received her PhD in Psychology from the University of Cambridge where she developed the first dimensional measure of childhood paranoia - Social Mistrust Scale. The SMS is free to use in research, schools and clinics (available in 8 languages). Keri received her BA (Hons.) in Psychology and MA in Criminology from the University of Pennsylvania.


She leads (PI) 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 informed UK policy discussions. She was co-chair of 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. She currently hosts and founded the official IOE podcast for early career academics, Academia et al. (2021).


She is available for consultancy, invited talks, and anything where it means she can share her knowledge more widely and have engaging conversations. Just email!

Prospective Masters/PhD students:

Please email.

Research Themes
Research Summary

Keri's research focuses on understanding the causes and consequences of crime, schizophrenia-spectrum disorders, and improving mental health assessment in young people. She works primarily with children (8-14yo), families, teachers, BAME youths in different cultures. She has led several projects looking at the impact of Covid-19 on health.

Active projects (22/23):

  1. Humanizing Hospitals - UCL Grand Challenges project with Dr Lusi Morhayim (PI; Barlett) on measuring the built environment factors that contribute to cancer patients' wellbeing & mental health.
  2. Italian Social Mistrust Scale - Global Engagement project with the University of Rome on validating the SMS in non/clinical children in Italy.
  3. EMPOWER-Islington - Research England project with Islington Council and its BAME young people on co-creating employability, education & health workshops.
  4. The Supper Club - ChangeMakers staff-student career engagement series on enhancing sense of belongingness and career aspirations. 
  5. Education Innovation & Entrepreneurship Society - ChangeMakers project to empower student EdTech entrepreneurs.

Completed as PI:

  • COPE-WELL Study Research England project with JEDelve charity on Covid's impact on BME 12-15-yo's mental health via co-produced life-skill workshops.
  • TEACH-WELL Study Centre for Teachers & Teaching Research project co-producing mental health resources with trainee teachers during covid (Dr Kitto; co-I).
  • Vax-Pac Study UCL-Osaka Strategic Partnership project on vaccine hesitancy & support in UK/Japan families (Prof Miura; co-I).
  • BEST-EdCrim Research England seminar series on education in the criminal justice system.
  • BE-Well Network NERC project for researchers in built environment & health (Dr Morhayim; co-i)
  • UCL-Penn Global COVID Study (PI; 20/21) Global Engagement project on Covid19's impact on adult's trust, mental & physical health published as 5-peer-reviewed Special Issue with 8 industry expert discussant papers.
  • ARTSMH (co-PI; 20/21) UCL ChangeMakers project on destigmatising mental disorders through art. 
  • CUES Study (PI; 21/22) UCL ChangeMakers project addressing low student engagement in careers development.

Teaching Summary

Keri leads, lectures and supervises across undergraduate/master's modules:

  • Module Leader: Psychological Research, Personality & 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 & 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:

  • Abbey Jones - DClinPsy (1st, 2022-25)
  • Tom Milson - PT PhD (1st, 2019-24)
  • Tammy Hung - DClinPsy (1st, 2021-24)
  • Abigail Burgess - PhD (2nd, 2020-)
  • Pengjie Yang - PhD (2nd, 2020-23)

JUL-2022 Associate Professor in Psychology Department of Psychology and Human Development University College London, United Kingdom
SEP-2018 – JUL-2022 Assistant Professor in Psychology Department of Psychology and Human Development University College London, United Kingdom
AUG-2015 – SEP-2018 Betty Behrens Research (JRF) Fellow Department of Psychology University of Cambridge, United Kingdom
Academic Background
  FHEA ATQ03 - Recognised by the HEA as a Fellow Higher Education Academy
  SFHEA ATQ04 - Recognised by the HEA as a Senior Fellow Higher Education Academy
2014 PhD Doctor of Philosophy University of Cambridge
2010 BA Hons Bachelor of Arts (Honours) University of Pennsylvania
2010 MA Master of Arts University of Pennsylvania
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