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Katie undertook her Undergraduate Psychology BSc at Loughborough University during which she worked on the Early Development in Tuberous Sclerosis Study with Dr Charlotte Tye at King's College London (KCL). She completed her MSc in Genes, Environment and Development in Psychology and Psychiatry in 2019 at KCL. After her MSc, she joined the NIHR BioResource Centre Maudsley as a Research Assistant, working on the Genetic Links to Anxiety and Depression (GLAD) Study, Eating Disorder Genetics Initiative (EDGI), the Repeated Assessment of Mental and Neurological Health during the COVID-19 pandemic (RAMP) Study and the COVID-19 Psychiatry and Neurological Genetics (COPING) Study, with Prof Gerome Breen and Prof Thalia Eley. Katie is also a Co-Investigator on the COVIDENCE UK Study lead by Prof Adrian Martineau at Queen Mary University of London. Currently, Katie has started her ESRC LISS-DTP funded PhD at the SGDP, supervised my Prof Louise Arseneault and Dr Tim Matthews. Using Twin modelling approaches, she will be exploring the influences and outcomes of social isolation from childhood to young adulthood, with the aim to identify patterns of stability and change for a better understanding of later health and functioning.

Research interests

  • The impact of early social isolation on later health
  • Gene-environment influences on mental health
  • Longitudinal twin analyses
  • Anxiety and depression