The Wong Lab

Welcome to the Wong Lab! Here we focus on the underlying psychological causes of antisocial behaviour, schizophrenia-spectrum disorders, and mental health across the lifespan. We use primary and secondary data analyses, including birth cohort studies in Mauritius and the UK, and participatory methods to co-produce solutions and resources for various populations including young schoolchildren, adolescents (BAME), adults in the community, and patients with first-episode schizophrenia. A key question for our lab and national and international collaborators is: How do we intervene on criminal behaviours and severe mental health disorders like schizophrenia?

Projects

  1. COPE-Well Study (2021-22) – Partnership knowledge exchange project with Jamal Edwards Delve (JEDelve) charity to understand and co-create mentalh health and life-skills resources with, and for, BAME young people (UKRI Higher Education Innovation Fund)
  2. UCL-Osaka CoVaX Study (2021-22) – Parnering with Osaka University (Prof. Asako Muira) to examine the reasoning and consequences of vaccine hesistancy in families (e.g., parents with underaged children, <18 years) (UCL-Osaka Strategic Partnership Grant)
  3. TEACH-Well Study (2021-22) – Parnership with the UCL Centre for Teachers and Teaching Research exploring the impact of COVID-19 on early years trainee teachers’ mental health (UCL CTTR Seed Grant)
  4. CUES Study (2021-22) – A study of undergraduates’ access to UCL’s careers support and development services, which aims to improve existing IOE department and wider UCL careers services policies and support on offer (UCL ChangeMakers Grant).
  5. UCL-Penn Global COVID Study (2020-22) – A three-wave online survey examining the impact of COVID-19 on individual’s social trust, mental health and physical health with collaborators from 5 institutions (University of Pennsylvania, University of Massachusetts Lowell, University of Trento, Nanyang Technological University, Chinese Academy of Sciences).
  6. ARTSMH (2020-21) – a UCL Changemaker staff-student  project looking at destigmatising mental health in the public through the arts.

Collaborators

International

Chinese Academy of Sciences (Prof Raymond Chan, Dr Wangyi), Hong Kong Education University (Dr Zhenlin Wang), Chinese University of Hong Kong (Dr Suzanne So, Dr Florrie Ng, Dr Qian Wang), Nanyang Technological University (Prof Gianluca Esposito), University of Trento (Prof Gianluca Esposito, Dr Andrea Bizzego), University of Rome (Dr ignazio Ardizzone), Orebro University (Dr Catherine Tuvblad), Swiss Centre for Affective Sciences (Prof. Andrea Samson), Max-Planck-Gesellschaft (Prof. Melzer Leipzig), University of Pennsylvania (Prof Adrian Raine, Prof Jianghong Liu, Dr Heather Nuske), University of Massachusetts Lowell (Dr Jill Portnoy), University of Virginia (Prof Sara Rimm-Kaufman), University of New South Wales (Professor Melissa Green), University of Osaka (Professor Asako Miura, Dr Kei Hirai, Dr Mao Yagihashi).

UK

University of Cambridge (Prof Maria Ttofi, Prof Michelle Ellefson, Prof Claire Hughes), University of Oxford (Prof Daniel Freeman), University of Birmingham (Dr Rory Devine), Liverpool John Moores University (Prof Simon Bennett), University of York (Prof Peter Venables), University of Warwick (Dr Olympia Palikara), King’s College London (Dr Julia Ouzia, Dr Eleanor Dommett), UCL Institute of Education (Prof Eirini Flouri, Dr Marta Francesconi, Dr Spencer Hayes, Dr Nicola Abbott, Dr Amy Harrison, Dr Steven Papachristou, Dr Emily Midouhas, Evi Katsapi, Dr Jo Van Herwegen, Dr Theodora Kokosi, Dr Jana Brinkert, Vassilis Sideropoulos, Professor Phil Jones, Dr Joseph Mintz, Dr Eleanor Kitto, Professor Eleanore Hargreaves, Dr Guy Roberts-Holmes, Dr Carol Davies), UCL (Prof Nichola Raihani, Dr Vaughan Bell).

Industry Collaborators

The World Bank (Dr Ezequiel Molina, Dr Adelle Pushparatnam, Dr Tara Béteille), ByteDance (Sophie Wan), JEDelve Charity (Yara Mirdad), Zerone Education and Training Ltd (Gloria Kong), Artificial Intelligence Enhanced Computing – ARM (Helen Chapman), Wharton Club UK (Lloyd Thomas), Penn Club UK (Carissa Gilbert, Margot Neuberger), US Alumni Club UK, Because Mental Health (Hong Kong), Earthlings Productions (Daire Collins & Matt Daire), Mind Hong Kong (Nicole Lee, Carol Liang, Yvette Kong)

PhD Students

  • Tom Milson (PhD, 1st, 2019-22)
  • Tammy Hung (DClinPsy, 1st, 2021-23)
  • Abigail Burgess (PhD, 2nd, 2019-22)
  • Pengjie Yang (PhD, 2nd, 2019-22)

Students

Current BSc students (2021-22)

  • Alan Liao
  • Henry Wang
  • Chloe Wang
  • Dairu Meng
  • Evans Feng
  • Angelina Vlasenko
  • Romane Lenoir

2020-21

  • Sally Mao, BSc
  • Can He, BSc
  • Annie Fung, BSc – MPhil in Faculty of Education, Cambridge
  • Lucile Bottein, BSc – MSc in UCL Neuroscience
  • Yan Han, BSc
  • Daisy Woods, BSc
  • Diqiao Liang, BSc
  • Jiayi Zhu, BSc
  • Ioane Ene, BSc in Human Sciences

2019-2020

  • Alex Bray, BSc – MSc in Mental Health KCL.
  • Keya Prabhu, BSc –  NHS Intern helping disadvantaged young people in Camden & Assistant Psychologist supporting young people under the criminal justice system. Intend to apply for a masters in Criminology and go on to a clinical doctorate.
  • Marni Andrews, BSc – Graduate student in Medicine at Barts and The London School of Medicine.
  • Teja Kemp-Smith, BSc
  • Muna Hassan, BSc
  • Maryam Farooq, BSc
  • Sam Whatall, BSc in Human Sciences, “What makes Childhood-Onset Schizophrenia Distinct from the Adult-Onset Manifestation, and how can the Differences be Taken into Account in our Management Strategies?”

2018-2019

  • Silvia Gini, BSc- MRes in Developmental Neuroscience and Psychopathology UCL
  • Tak Hei Lo, BSc – Associate psychologist, Singapore
  • Tirso Martin Sanchez, BSc – MPhil in Management at Cambridge Judge Business School, University of Cambridge
  • Marion Perez, BSc – MPhil/PhD in Medical Sciences (Clinical Neuroscience), University of Cambridge
  • D’arcy McGuiness, BSc – UCL Student Union Activities Officer
  • Chloe Lim, BSc – MSc in Song Writing, Institute of Contemporary Music Performance.
  • Farhana Begum, BSc
  • Maira Khan, BSc
  • Zahra Kharye, BSc
  • Mandeep Bhachu, BSc
  • Reshma Nandha, BSc

2010-18

  • Grace Huffer completed her NST degree (1st) and went on to complete her degree in medicine (Cambridge)
  • Renate Fromson completed her NST degree (1st) and went on to complete her degree in medicine (UCL)
  • Damian Aries completed his NST degree and went on to become a Social Worker.
  • Serena Tianyou Qiu completed a PBS degree (1st) and went on to complete her DClinPsych (Canada)
  • Sara Silvonen complete her PBS degree (1st) followed by a MSc in Industrial Organization Psychology (KCL)
  • Sarah Glew completed PBS degree (1st) followed by an Assistant Psychologist role and is now a Clinical Psychologist trainee.