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Tom is a Sir Henry Dale Fellow (Wellcome Trust & Royal Society funded), and Honorary Senior Lecturer in the Social, Genetic & Developmental Psychiatry Centre, at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience. He is also Deputy Programme Leader for the MSc Genes, Environment & Development in Psychology & Psychiatry.   

Tom received his BSc in Psychology from the University of Wales, Bangor in 2005. From 2006-2010 he studied at the University of Sheffield, where he obtained an MSc in Psychological Research Methods and a PhD in Developmental Psychology. In 2011 Tom won an ESRC postdoctoral fellowship to relocate to the Social Genetic and Developmental Psychiatry (SGDP) Centre at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, King’s College London.  

In 2015 Tom was awarded the Sir Henry Dale Fellowship, jointly funded by the Wellcome Trust and the Royal Society. Tom's fellowship is focussed on the use of multigenerational, genetically informative datasets to better understand the intergenerational transmission of psychopathology. He is also establishing a new Children of Twins Study by identifying those twins in the Twins Early Development Study (TEDS) who have started having children of their own. This new study is titled the Children of TEDS (CoTEDS) and will be the first children-of-twins study with information on both twins and their children from birth.  

Tom is happy to consider acting as supervisor/mentor to PhD students and postdoctoral researchers with research interests that overlap with his own, and would be willing to assist during the studentship/fellowship application process. Please contact him via email if you wish to discuss possibilities  

Research interests:

  • Development and use of genetically informative methods to understand the aetiology of psychopathology 
  • Intergenerational transmission of psychopathology 
  • Causal inference 
  • Behavioural genetics 
  • Structural equation modelling 
  • Gene-environment interplay