Skip to main content
KBS_Icon_questionmark link-ico


I joined the Social, Genetic and Developmental Psychiatry Centre, part of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience at King’s College London in 2012 as a 1+3 MSc+PhD student, supervised by Thalia Eley and Gerome Breen. Following the completion of my PhD, I joined Prof Breen’s research group as a postdoctoral researcher. I apply methods from statistical genetics and genetic epidemiology to study psychiatric disorders, particularly major depressive disorder and its correlates. I also continue to work with Prof Eley’s group, continuing our research into response to cognitive behavioural therapy. I have also worked extensively with international collaborators in the Psychiatric Genetics Consortium, contributing analyses to large-scale meta-analyses of major depressive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, bipolar disorder and anorexia nervosa. 



BA (promoted to MA), University of Cambridge  

MSc, King’s College London 

PhD, King’s College London 



ISPG Early Career Investigator Travel Awardee and Poster Awardee, 2018  

Semi-Finalist ASHG/Charles J. Epstein Trainee Awards for Excellence in Human Genetics Research, 2017 

Research interests:

  • Statistical genomics  
  • Bioinformatics  
  • Psychiatric Disorders 

Research groups:

Translational Neuropsychiatric Genomics group 

Emotional Development Intervention and Treatment (EDiT) Lab 


I provide lectures on various MSc courses in:  

  • Methods for Genome-wide Association Studies 
  • Polygenic Risk Scoring 
  • Heritability and Components of Variance in Genome-wide Association Studies 

Expertise and Public Engagement:

I have an active social media presence on Twitter (@joni_coleman), and my contributions to highlighting science at the 2018 World Congress of Psychiatric Genetics were ‘officially recognised’. Recently, I have provided expert review of a journalistic piece on the genetics of psychiatric disorders.