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Shannon Bristow MSc. is a research associate here at KCL. After completing a BSc in Psychology with First Class Honours at Brunel University, I went on to undertake a PGCE in Psychology at University College London, Institute of Education. After qualifying as a teacher, I spent some years leading the psychology and sociology departments at a West London academy school, and teaching these subjects across GCSE and A Level. I undertook my Master’s in the Psychology and Neuroscience of Mental Health, at King’s College London and completed this in 2019, juggling both full-time teaching and being a student myself. After this, I began assisting with the lecturing and delivery of the PGCE Psychology course at UCL, where I trained previously, until moving to King’s College London in 2020. My research interests are in depression and anxiety, and the role of gut bacteria in the development and maintenance of mental health. Here at King’s, I am a core investigator on the RAMP study, as well as working closely with Professor Thalia Eley and Professor Breen on the GLAD and TEDS studies.