I am Assistant Professor in Psychology and a developmental psychologist and criminologist by training. My research focuses on the developmental causes of antisocial/aggressive behaviours and schizophrenia-spectrum disorders, with a primary focus on assessing and understanding childhood mental health across cultures. I lecture and supervise across various modules on the BSc/BA programme in Psychology at the Department of Psychology and Human Development at UCL. I recently founded and co-chair the UCL Early Career Network (2019-2021, @IOE_EarlyCareer).
Prior to London, I spent 8 years in Cambridge. I started as a PhD student at Newnham College where I developed the first dimensional assessment of childhood paranoia/suspiciousness – The Social Mistrust Scale. This scale is free to use for research, but I ask that researchers email me to let me know how they are planning to use it. The SMS has been published and translated into Mandarin Chinese, and French. After my PhD, I stayed on as the Betty Behrens Research Fellow (JRF) at Clare Hall College where I led my own line of research into the causes and mitigating factors of antisocial behaviour and childhood mental wellbeing. During this time, I was also a supervisor for the Psychological and Behavioural Science paper and an affiliated lecturer and examiner at the Department of Psychology and the Faculty of Education at the University of Cambridge.
You can learn more about my research on children’s mental health.