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Biography

Dr Ellen Thompson is a Postdoctoral Research Associate working across The Department of Twins Research & Genetic Epidemiology (DTR) and The Social, Genetic and Developmental Psychiatry (SGDP) Centre. Her current research focusses on investigating the relationship between mental and physical health and their shared risk factors and outcomes using data from TwinsUK and the Twins Early Development Study (TEDS). She has expertise in working with large longitudinal datasets, particularly birth cohort studies, to explore environmental risk and protective factors associated with mental health across the life course.

She has taught statistics and research methods for MSc and BSc students, and guest lectures each year for the School of Psychology, University of Sussex.

Education and experience

  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Twin Research and Genetic Epidemiology, School of Life Course Sciences, King’s College London (2020-)
  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, Centre of Longitudinal Studies, Social Research Institute, UCL Institute of Education, University College London (2018-2020)
  • PhD School of Psychology, University of Sussex (2014-2018)
  • MSc Foundations in clinical Psychology and Mental Health, School of Psychology, University of Sussex (2013-2014)
  • BSc Psychology, Reading University (2009-2012)

Research Interests

  • Relationship between mental and physical health
  • Statistical genetics
  • Longitudinal research methods
  • Latent variable modelling
  • Measurement harmonisation

Awards

  • SLLS Conference Award (2019)
  • SSM Conference Award (2017)
  • EADP Summer School Award (2017)
  • BPS Conference Award (2017)
  • ISSBD Travel Grant Award (2016)
  • Best Poster Award Sussex University (2015)