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Biography

I am a final year PhD student at the Social Genetic and Developmental Psychiatry Centre, King’s College London, based in the Emotional Development, Intervention and Treatment (EDIT) Lab. The aim of my research is to explore genetic influences on self-reported environmental experiences and their role in the presentation and outcomes of depression and anxiety.

I completed my Undergraduate degree in Psychology at the University of Bath, graduating in 2018. During my third year, I undertook a placement in the NIHR BioResource, working as a research assistant on a study exploring predictors of treatment response. I returned to King’s in 2018 under a 1+3 LISS DTP studentship.

Beyond research, I am an editor and author for the EDIT blog, am involved in teaching statistics tutorials in R and SPSS, and act as the ‘Placement Student Champion’ for the SGDP Centre.

Research Interests:

I am interested in investigating the mechanisms that underlie retrospectively self-reported responses to environmental experiences, both positive and negative. Using the twin design and molecular genetic approaches, this work aims to identify genetic influences on self-reported experiences, including major life events and outcomes following psychological treatment. This can help us to understand what is captured by self-report measures, what traits influence the experience of these events, and may eventually help better predict who may benefit most from positive interventions, such as psychological therapies.

I am also interested in differences in the presentation and outcomes of psychiatric disorders associated with self-reported traumatic life events. I am involved in several projects using network analysis to explore whether symptom interactions are different in those who report traumas, compared to those who do not. Using polygenic scores, I aim to investigate the mechanisms underlying the associations between self-reported trauma and poor outcomes, and the extent to which they are influenced by gene-environment correlation.

Awards:

2018/19 Best achievement in the MSc Genes, Environment & Development (King's College London).