I am a developmental psychologist and criminologist. 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 psychology modules at the Department of Psychology and Human Development at UCL and co-direct the Centre for Education in the Criminal Justice System. I founded and co-chair the UCL Early Career Network (2019-2021, @IOE_EarlyCareer) an co-host two official IOE podcasts (Research for the Real World & Academia et al.).
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 7 languages. 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 supervised on the Psychological and Behavioural Science paper and was 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.