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, with a primary focus 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. I also lecture and supervise on various modules across the undergraduate BSc/BA programme in Psychology at the Department of Psychology and Human Development at UCL.

Prior to London, I was the Betty Behrens Research Fellow (JRF) at Clare Hall College in the University of Cambridge where I led my own line of research into the causes and mitigating factors antisocial behaviour and childhood mental wellbeing. During my PhD, I developed the first dimensional assessment of childhood paranoia/suspiciousness – Social Mistrust Scale, published in the British Journal of Psychiatry. If you are interested in using this measure, please get in touch. 

I was a primary supervisor for the Psychological and Behavioural Science (2010-18) 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).

You can learn more about the risks to children’s mental health or access my papers here.

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