I am currently an Assistant Professor in Psychology (Lecturer) at the Department of Psychology and Human Development at the University of College London. My research focuses on the development and causes of antisocial/aggressive behaviours and schizophrenia-spectrum disorders, primarily focusing on childhood suspiciousness (or social mistrust) and schizotypal personality traits. I have a keen interest in developing culturally-appropriate tools for assessing young people’s mental wellbeing.

Prior to moving to London, I was the Betty Behrens Research Fellow (JRF) at Clare Hall College at the University of Cambridge where I led my own line of research. This included developing the first dimensional assessment of childhood paranoia/suspiciousness – Social Mistrust Scale. If you are interested in using/translating this measure, please get in touch. 

During my 8 years in Cambridge (2010-18), I have been a primary supervisor for the 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. I was also an ad-hoc undergraduate admissions interviewer for Newnham College Cambridge (2017). 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 Institute of Education.

Want to learn more about risks to children’s mental health or access the papers directly here.

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