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Divyangana Rakesh

Dr Divyangana Rakesh

Lecturer in Neuroscience and Psychology

Research interests

  • Neuroscience
  • Psychology
  • Environment
  • Mental Health


My research uses tools from developmental cognitive neuroscience to investigate how childhood socioeconomic status and exposure to environmental adversity influence brain and cognitive development as well as mental health during childhood and adolescence. My work also seeks to understand how psychological and environmental factors can mitigate the effects of adversity, fostering resilience. Ultimately, my research aims to leverage insights into individual variations in brain development to support children's overall well-being and academic success, fostering positive mental health and cognitive function in young individuals.

Prior to joining KCL, Dr. Rakesh was a postdoctoral researcher at Harvard University, USA. She received her Ph.D. in Neuroscience from the University of Melbourne, Australia and her Masters of Research in Neuroscience from the University of Bordeaux, France. Before that, she completed an MBA from Mudra Institute of Communication and a BSc. (Hons) in Biochemistry at the University of Delhi, India. 

Please see my Research Staff Profile for more detail.

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Key collaborators:

  • Prof. Katie McLaughlin, Harvard University
  • Prof. Sarah Whittle, University of Melbourne
  • Prof. Andrew Zalesky, University of Melbourne