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. Broadly speaking, I am interested in the early assessments of childhood paranoia/suspiciousness, antisocial and aggressive behaviours and schizophrenia-spectrum disorders (schizotypal personality disorder) across cultures.

I am particularly interested in collaborating on cross-cultural studies using the Social Mistrust Scale (SMS), the first dimensional assessment of childhood paranoia/suspiciousness.

I have been a supervisor for the Cambridge Psychological and Behavioural Science (PBS) paper for the last 8 years and affiliated lecturer and examiner at the Department of Psychology and the Faculty of Education at the University of Cambridge for the last 3 years. In 2017, I was also an ad-hoc undergraduate admissions interviewer for Newnham College Cambridge. I current lecture, supervise, and lead on various developmental psychology, research methods, and personality and individual differences modules across the undergraduate BSc/BA programme at 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!