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Biography

  • PhD candidate, MRC Social, Genetic and Developmental Psychiatry, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, Kings College London (2017 - present)
  • MSc Genes, Environment and Development, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, Kings College London (2016 - 2017)
  • Visiting Researcher, Department of Psychology, University of Westminster (2016)
  • BSc (Hons) Psychology, University of Westminster (2013 - 2016)

Research Overview

My research explores the genetic and environmental mechanisms behind the high rates of comorbid disorders in children with ADHD. Specifically, I investigate ways in which genetically influenced parent and child behaviours may interact to create an adverse family environment that increases children’s risk of developing comorbid disorders, and may influence the course and severity of core ADHD symptoms.

To investigate these questions, I use longitudinal genetically sensitive methods such as adoption-at-birth and children-of-twins designs to separate genetic from environmental influences, allowing for a better understanding of the mechanisms of intergenerational transmission of risk and of the independent influence of parenting behaviours on child ADHD and comorbid symptoms over time.

I am also interested in broader environmental adversities such as economic hardship, exposure to crime, maltreatment and trauma, and the persistent impact these related factors can have on family and peer environments as well as on individual health and quality of life across the lifespan.

Awards

  • 0+4 King’s MRC DTP PhD Studentship awarded by the MRC Social, Genetic & Developmental Psychiatry Centre, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, King’s College London, 2017-2021
  • University of Westminster Achievement Awards and Dean’s List Awards for outstanding achievement on the Psychology BSc (Hons) course, for academic years 2013-14 and 2014-15