I am Lecturer in Psychology (Assistant Professor) at the Department of Psychology and Human Development at the University of College London (UCL) Institute of Education.

I was previously the Betty Behrens Research Fellow (JRF) at Clare Hall College at the University of Cambridge where I led my own line of research examining the long-term effects of suspiciousness (or social mistrust) on children’s wellbeing and mental health. I am interested in developing early childhood assessments of wellbeing including paranoia and  researching antisocial behaviours, aggressive behaviours and schizophrenia-spectrum disorders (schizotypal personality disorder) across cultures.

I am interested in collaborating on studies that apply the Social Mistrust Scale, the first dimensional assessment of childhood paranoia/suspiciousness, to other cultures.

I have been a primary supervisor for the Cambridge Psychological and Behavioural Science (PBS) paper and an affiliated lecturer and examiner at the Department of Psychology and the Faculty of Education at the University of Cambridge (2010-18). In 2017, I was also an ad-hoc undergraduate admissions interviewer for Newnham College Cambridge. I currently lecture, supervise, and lead on various developmental psychology, psychological research methods, and personality and individual differences modules across the undergraduate BSc/BA programme at the Department of Psychology and Human Development at the UCL IoE.

My research has been published in high-impact journals. My latest paper on the effect of children left home alone on their later mental health development has been published in the Journal of Psychiatric Research and is featured on my departmental website.

Contact me if you are interested in collaborating or follow me at @kkyw3!