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Katie undertook her Undergraduate Psychology BSc at Loughborough University during which she worked as a placement student on the Early Development in Tuberous Sclerosis Study (EDiTS) with Dr Charlotte Tye at King's College London. She then completed the MSc in Genes, Environment and Development in Psychology and Psychiatry in 2019 at King's. After her Master's, she joined the NIHR BioResource Centre Maudsley as a Research Assistant. Throughout this role she has been closely involved in several large projects including 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, working 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. COVIDENCE UK aims to track risk factors, recovery and impact on physical and mental wellbeing of the COVID-19 pandemic in the UK. 

Research interests

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