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Meet the Team

A dynamic team of people consisting of research assistants, youth advisors, data manager, lab technician, research and engagement officers, post-doctoral researchers, professors, clinical and non-clinical academics, PhD students, placement students, and project coordinators who work together to make research meaningful, impactful and fun.

Current team members

 

Farah Ahmed

Farah joined Phase 30 of the E-Risk Study as the E-Risk Engagement Officer. Her role primarily involves research administration and online dissemination to support the the implementation of this new phase of data collection, as well as maintaining the study's website and social media presence. 

She is currently undertaking her PhD at King's College London, looking at ethnic inequalities in housing deprivation and mental health. Prior to this, Farah studied BSc Psychology and went on to complete an MSc in Population Health at University College London. Farah has also worked as a Research Assistant in the Health Inequalities Research Group led by Professor Stephani Hatch. 


Naila Ali

Naila Ali is a committed psychology student and student ambassador at King's College London, expecting to graduate in 2025. Currently, she is a placement student contributing to the coordination of the Environmental Risk (E-Risk) Longitudinal Twin Study, phase 30. In this role, Naila assists in various tasks such as formulating a co-informant questionnaire and information sheet, dispatching call-us letters, and creating leaflets for twin support services. Her academic interest lies in developmental psychology, particularly exploring mental health issues across childhood, adolescence, and adulthood.

Beyond her studies and work, Naila is a well-rounded individual with diverse interests. She is dedicated to language acquisition, with a focus on languages such as Urdu and Arabic. Additionally, she enjoys exploring new cultures and cuisines through her love for traveling and cooking.


Victoria Beth Arnold

Beth joined Phase 30 of the E-Risk project as the Laboratory technician to help coordinate the biological samples and process them in the SGDP laboratory. She has a BSc in Biomedical Sciences from King’s College London, a MSc in Genomic Medicine from Queen Mary, University of London and is currently studying for an MSc in Bioinformatics at Birkbeck, University of London. Prior to this role, Beth worked as an Associate Scientist in research and development of breast cancer diagnostics and had a spell of processing COVID samples when the pandemic first hit. She enjoys doing various forms of circus arts outside of work including rope, trapeze, flying pole and aerial hoop, and is an aerial hoop instructor. She also loves live music, enjoys going to rock gigs and cannot live a day without coffee.


Flora Blangis

Flora is a postdoctoral researcher on the E-Risk Study at the Social, Genetic and Developmental Psychiatry Centre, King's College London. She holds a PhD in Epidemiology from the Paris Cité University, focusing on child physical abuse, in particular its epidemiology and prevention, as well as its detection and diagnosis. Before embarking on a career in research, Flora was a hospital midwife in France. She loves everything related to the ocean, enjoys scuba diving, surfing and sailing, and is committed to protecting the environment


Avshalom Caspi

Avshalom is a co-founder and current co-investigator of the E-Risk Study. He grew up in Israel and received his professional education in the United States (BA at the University of California and his MA and PhD at Cornell University). His research spans the fields of psychology, epidemiology, and genetics. His current work is concerned with three broad questions: (1) how do childhood experiences shape the course of health inequalities across the life span? (2) How do genetic differences between people shape the way they respond to their environments? (3) What are the best ways to assess and measure personality differences between people? Furthermore, Avshalom has served on the Executive Council of the International Society for the Study of Behavioral Development, and is involved in international teaching and training initiatives in developmental psychopathology. Avshalom is always ready to travel to far-flung places, enjoys photography, and tends to his farm.


Jayati Das-Munshi

Jay is a Clinical Reader in Social and Psychiatric Epidemiology at King's College London and Honorary Consultant Psychiatrist with South London & Maudsley NHS Trust. She is a co-investigator of Phase 30 of the E-Risk Study and is overseeing the linkage to health and administrative records. She has led work which uses large-scale routine data and data linkages, informed by qualitative methodologies, to understand mental health inequalities, over the life course. She has a keen interest in maximising the potential of datasets to understand mental health inequalities, through a range of approaches including data linkage and secondary data analysis. Her main areas of expertise relate to inequalities at the physical/ mental health interface and particularly mortality in severe mental illnesses, and she has a particular interest in understanding ethnic inequalities in mental health. She has led work for the WHO, leading to guidelines for the management of physical health in people with severe mental illnesses, she is an advisor the UK Adult Psychiatric Morbidity Surveys, and has worked in an advisory capacity for the Office for Health Improvements and Disparities (previously Public Health England). With Professor George Ploubidis (Director of CLS, UCL) she co-leads a platform on cohorts and quantitative methods, for the ESRC Centre For Society and Mental Health, at King's College London.


Helen Fisher

Helen is a Professor of Developmental Psychopathology in the SGDP Centre and ESRC Centre for Society and Mental Health at King’s College London and is Principal Investigator of Phase 30 of the E-Risk Study. She completed a BSc Psychology at the University of Surrey, then a Masters in Research Methods in Psychology at UCL, followed by a 1+3 PhD in Social, Genetic & Developmental Psychiatry at King’s College London. For her PhD research on the interplay between childhood trauma and genetic susceptibility in the onset of psychotic disorder she received the Outstanding Doctoral Research Contributions to Psychology prize from the British Psychological Society. She was subsequently a postdoctoral fellow within the SGDP Centre for 5 years funded by fellowships from the MRC and ESRC before taking up a position as a Lecturer within this Centre in 2014. She subsequently held an MQ Fellows Award and a British Academy Mid-Career Fellowship.

Helen started conducting analyses with E-Risk data in 2011 and became a co-investigator of the E-Risk Study in 2012. She has supervised several PhD students and postdocs to utilise E-Risk data and obtained funding for a range of spin-off projects. Her multidisciplinary programme of research focuses on the role of social, psychological, biological, and wider environmental factors in the development, course, and prevention of mental health problems in children, adolescents, and young adults. Additionally, she is passionate about collaborating with artists and young people with lived experience to find creative ways to engage the public in discussions about mental health. She has been involved in 4 theatre productions, a sold-out immersive exhibition on hearing voices, and a Mental Health Audio Tour of the National Gallery in London. Helen is also completely obsessed with penguins and sausage dogs!


Rebecca Gray

Becky shares the Project Coordinator role for Phase 30 of the E-Risk Study with Jo. She received a BSc (Hons) Psychology from University College London and joined the team in 1999, at Phase 5 as one of the Research Workers who visited homes and carried out interviews and assessments. She remained with the project for Phase 7 and after a break (where she was busy with her own 2 children and ran her own childcare business), re-joined the team as Project Leader for Phase 18 and 26 (survey phase). In-between data collection phases of the E-Risk Project, Becky works in a secondary school supporting students with their wellbeing and access to education. In her spare time, Becky tries to keep up with her young adult children by regular strength and cardio training and dog walking whilst listening to Dance, R&B and House music. Becky is animal mad and at one time homed 50 rescue animals (including dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, hedgehog, ferret, chinchillas, gecko… the list goes on!).

 

 


Joanne Henchy

Jo shares the Project Coordinator role for Phase 30 of the E-Risk Study with Becky. Jo completed her degree in Social Science in Nottingham and then spent several years working as an Evaluator with Sure Start, followed by managing an Outreach Team for families in Westminster, London. Jo first joined the E-Risk team at Phase 10 as a Research Worker and then continued as Project Coordinator on Phases 12 and 18. Jo went on maternity leave with her daughter towards the end of Phase 18 and then set up a café in her town. This means she can make an excellent cappuccino, but her absolute favourite is a flat white!  When not with the E-Risk team, Jo is either behind the counter at her café or on her allotment with her chickens and beehives. Perhaps the reason Becky and Jo work so well together is their mutual love of animals – Jo currently has four cats (six if you count the two feral cats on her allotment!)


Rachel Latham

Rachel is a postdoctoral researcher on the E-Risk Study and is based in both the Social, Genetic and Developmental Psychiatry Centre and the ESRC Centre for Society and Mental Health at King’s College London. Rachel completed her PhD in Psychology at the University of Sussex focusing on co-parenting in families with young twins. For this, she examined parents’ perceptions of the quality of their co-parenting as a critical context in which to explore the effects of harsh parenting on the development of children’s disruptive behaviour. Her current research focuses on individuals’ risk and resilience following experiences of childhood victimisation (e.g. abuse, neglect, exposure to domestic violence, and bullying).

Previously, Rachel has worked in frontline roles for Brighton and Hove Children’s Services supporting vulnerable families in the community and being responsible for the care planning of children in residential or foster care following experiences of abuse and neglect. She has also worked as a Research Intern at the Early Intervention Foundation with who she remains affiliated as an Associate Researcher, and as a Postdoctoral Research Assistant at Goldsmiths. When not at work Rachel enjoys taking her little rescue dog, a Parsons Terrier called Layla, for walks on the Sussex Downs (followed by a pub lunch afterwards of course!)


McPin Young People’s Advisory Group

We are thrilled that several members of the McPin Foundation’s Young People's Network have formed a Young People’s Advisory Group (YPAG) to work with us on Phase 30 of the E-Risk Study. Their involvement is crucial to ensure the voices of young people with relevant lived experience shape this phase of the study. The McPin YPAG are meeting with the researchers regularly to input into key aspects of the project including advising on the most important areas of young adults’ lives to capture and how best to assess them, recruitment and training of researchers, designing a qualitative measure of young adults’ quality of life and hopes/fears for the future, coding data, promoting this resource, and producing a priority list of questions for researchers to answer with this data in the future. Their involvement is supported by the wonderful staff at McPin, specifically Rachel Temple, Emma Garavini, and Georgia Naughton.


Terrie Moffitt MBE

Temi is a co-founder and current co-investigator of the E-Risk Study. Her research focuses on how genetic and environmental risks work together to shape the course of abnormal human behaviours and psychiatric disorders. Her particular interest is in antisocial and criminal behaviour, but she also studies depression, psychosis, and addiction. Currently, she is uncovering the consequences of a lifetime of mental and behavioural disorder on processes of aging. Temi completed a B.A in Psychology at the University of North Carolina and went on to study her M.A in experimental animal behaviour and a PhD in clinical psychology as the University of Southern California. Her Post Doc was in behavioural neuroscience at the University of California and furthermore she is a licensed clinical Psychologist after completing her clinical hospital training at the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute. She is a fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences, the American Society of Criminology, the British Academy, Academia Europa, Association of Psychological Science, and the National Academy of Medicine. Temi was awarded an MBE for services to social science in the first King’s Birthday Honours 2023. In her spare time, she works on her poison-ivy farm in North Carolina.


Shaeda Nourmand

Shaeda is a research assistant on Phase 30 of the E-risk study. She has worked in Mental Health research for over 25 years, most recently at UCL on a 2 year follow up study investigating if people who have experienced a mental health crisis do better if they are given Open Dialogue or treatment as usual. In between working she has raised 3 children (who are now young adults) and a cockapoo Ralph who is treated better than any of her children ever were! She pretends to like exercise but will find any excuse not to go.


Bethan Rolling

Bethan has joined the E-Risk team as a research assistant for Phase 30 of the study. She qualified as a registered mental health nurse from King’s College London in 2021. Before joining E-Risk, Bethan worked across several national and specialist psychological medicine services in South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, including acute perinatal and eating disorder services. In her spare time, Bethan likes to dance (so long as nobody is watching) and practice very amateur yoga – predominately the lying down on the floor relaxing part. Her ideal day involves a slow cup of coffee with a pastry and podcast, followed by a countryside walk in the woods.


Stefan Sprinckmoller

Stefan is the Data Manager for Phase 30 of the E-Risk Study. He is passionate about how data can act as a catalyst and driving force for meaningful social change. Stefan earned a B.A. in Political Science and History and an MPA from Clark University. Previously, he worked as a Data Manager for the Armed Services Trauma Rehabilitation Outcome Study (ADVANCE) at Imperial College London. He has also served as a Data Manager at the Intensive Care National Audit & Research Centre (ICNARC), contributing to studies like REMAP-CAP. Stefan was also a Research Coordinator for Maintaining Independence and Sobriety through Systems Integration, Outreach, and Networking (MISSION) at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, where he worked in the MISSION-Cape and Mission-BMetro studies. Born and raised in Peru and having had the opportunity to live in other countries such as Brazil and Paraguay, Stefan enjoys exploring new places trying different foods. He also loves to play and listen to music and is a big fan of iced coffee.


Aliyah Sulaman

Aliyah is an undergraduate student on the BSc Psychology course at Kings’ College London. She is currently completing her professional placement year working on Phase 30 of the E-Risk study. Some of her responsibilities as a placement student have included assembling the new co-informant questionnaire, creating leaflets, and sending out tracing letters. In addition to her role at E-Risk, Aliyah also works as an A-Level Psychology tutor and part-time sales assistant. She hopes to go on to do a master’s degree once she graduates in 2025. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, oil painting and listening to music.


Louise Webster

Louise is the Research Administrator for Phase 30 of the E-Risk Study and the fountain of all knowledge when it comes to finances, procurement, and grants! She joined our larger parent study the Twins Early Development Study (TEDS) in August 1996 as a research support worker and has worked on that study ever since. We are extremely lucky that she has now agreed to help out with E-Risk too! She manages the E-Risk finances and many administrative aspects of the study including procurement, contracts, preparing grant applications, and reporting to funders.


Chloe Wong

Chloe is a Senior Lecturer in Epigenetics at the Social, Genetic and Developmental Psychiatry Centre, King’s College London and received her PhD in Epigenetics from King’s College London, which included use of E-Risk data. She is a co-investigator of Phase 30 of the E-Risk Study and the Deputy Co-Lead for the NIHR Maudsley BioResource. She is highly passionate about research that enhances our current understanding of epigenetics, a fundamental biological mechanism that links between genes and the environment, in human health and disorders. Her multidisciplinary epigenetics research spans across the field of neuropsychology and psychiatry covering complex human diseases and traits including autism, psychosis, depression, anxiety, eating disorders and the impact of environmental effects and unique experiences on the epigenome. In her spare time, Chloe enjoys travelling, especially to Spain and South East Asia. Chloe's other ambition is to become a professional ballet dancer or run an ice-cream van during hot summer days, or both.


Collaborators

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    Jessica Agnew-Blais

    Jess is a Lecturer in Psychology at Queen Mary University of London and formerly worked as an MRC Postdoctoral Fellow on the E-Risk Study. Jess grew up in Burlington, Vermont, USA and then went to Stanford University in California where she studied Human Biology. She completed her MSc in the Department of Society, Human Development and Health and her doctorate in Epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health. Her dissertation focused on childhood cognitive and behavioural risk factors for later psychotic disorders and adult ADHD. Jess’ current work investigates ADHD across the life course, specifically the genetic and environmental factors that contribute to the course of the disorder, especially to persistence and possible emergence (late-onset) of ADHD after childhood. Her MRC postdoctoral fellowship focused on how genetic risk influences ADHD across development, and how epigenetic changes may be associated with ADHD. If she didn’t have this job she would be a TV and movie critic. Jess lives in West London with her husband, two daughters and their black lab, Higgy.

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    Antony Ambler

    Antony was previously the Data Manager for the E-Risk Study. He joined the team in 2007 for the age 12 assessment phase. His primary role was that of caretaker of the vast data library the study has generated for over two decades. Since 2010, he has also been seconded three times to New Zealand to take on the role of Dunedin Study Data Manager at the University of Otago, for the age 38, age 45, and age 52 assessment phases (2010-2012, 2017-2019, 2023-2026), with Professor Terrie Moffitt (Dunedin Study Associate Director). Antony’s background is in biostatistics. Away from work his passions are music and nutrition. He likes anything food related, podcasts, running/cycling and pretty much everything from the 1980s.

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    Louise Arseneault

    Louise is a Professor of Developmental Psychology at King’s College London and was Principal Investigator of the Phase 18 of the E-Risk Study. Her research focuses on the study of harmful behaviours such as violence and substance dependence, their developmental origins, their inter-connections with mental health, and their consequences for victims. She has taken a developmental approach to investigate how the consequences of violence begin in childhood and persist to mid-life, by studying bullying victimisation and child maltreatment. Her research aims are to answer questions relevant to psychology and psychiatry by harnessing and combining 3 different research approaches: developmental research, epidemiological methods and genetically-sensitive designs. Her work incorporates social as well as biological measurements.

    Louise completed her PhD in biomedical sciences at the University of Montreal and moved to the UK for post-doctoral training at the MRC Social, Genetic and Developmental Psychiatry Centre. As well as the E-Risk Study, she has extensive experience of working with well-known longitudinal cohorts such as the Montreal Longitudinal Cohorts, the Dunedin Multidisciplinary Health and Development Study, and the National Child Development Survey (NCDS). While she was the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Mental Health Leadership Fellow she created the Catalogue of Mental Health Measures which provides information about thousands of measures of mental health and wellbeing collected in UK longitudinal studies. She recently led a Wellcome Trust funded project to landscape longitudinal datasets across the world with the potential to facilitate transformative mental health research. Louise enjoys travelling and has spent many wonderful times in Zambia.

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    Jessie Baldwin

    Jessie is a Sir Henry Wellcome post-doctoral fellow at University College London and a visiting researcher at the Social, Genetic and Developmental Psychiatry (SGDP) Centre at King’s College London. After completing an undergraduate degree in Psychology at the University of Warwick, Jessie joined KCL in 2013 to undertake an ESRC-funded 1+3 MSc + PhD in Social, Genetic and Developmental Psychiatry using E-Risk Study data, supervised by Profs Danese and Arseneault. She then worked as a post-doc at KCL and at UCL, before starting a Sir Henry Wellcome Post-doctoral Fellowship in 2019.

    Jessie’s research focuses on the role of childhood trauma in mental health. As part of this, she is interested in using quasi-experimental methods (e.g., genetically informative designs) to strengthen causal inference about the effects of childhood trauma. She is also interested in measurement of childhood trauma, and has led meta-analytic research into the agreement between prospective and retrospective measures of childhood maltreatment. Jessie is also enthusiastic about open science and co-leads the ReproducibiliTea journal club at UCL.

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    Bridget Bryan

    Bridget is a PhD student and research assistant whose work focuses on loneliness, mental health and work using qualitative and quantitative approaches. Before joining the team, she completed a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) at the University of Sydney and a Master of Science in Sociology at the University of Oxford. Previously, Bridget has worked in research focusing on workplace mental health and the Australian forensic mental health system at the University of New South Wales, the Mental Health Commission of NSW and the University of Oxford. Away from work, Bridget spends her time searching for London’s best coffee.

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    Andrea Danese

    Andrea is a Professor of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry at King’s College London and was a co-investigator for the E-Risk Study at Phase 18. He leads the Stress & Development Lab and research from his team has led to highly-cited publications on the measurement of childhood trauma, risk factors for trauma exposure, biological mechanisms through which trauma affects later health, mechanisms of resilience, modelling of individualised risk prediction for trauma-related psychopathology, and the epidemiology of child trauma and trauma-related psychopathology. He is also an active clinician at the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, where he is Honorary Consultant Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist at the National & Specialist CAMHS Clinic for Trauma, Anxiety, and Depression. This national service attracts referrals from across the UK and abroad for second opinion on diagnosis and treatment of difficult-to-treat young people with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), anxiety disorders, and unipolar depression, often as a last option before inpatient admissions. 

     

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    Stephanie Lewis

    Steph is a Clinical Lecturer in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at King’s College London. She is currently undertaking an MRC Clinical Research Training Fellowship, and continues to work as a psychiatrist in child and adolescent mental health services. Her research focuses on understanding the mental health difficulties experienced by young people who have been exposed to traumatic events, and she works with Prof Danese. As part of this work, she studies post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), to understand the prevalence, clinical features, and risk factors of this disorder in young people. She is also interested in differences in mental health presentations seen following different types of traumatic events. Steph is from Kent and studied Medicine as an undergraduate at Imperial College London. Impressively, Steph has climbed Africa’s highest mountain, Mt Kilimanjaro, and her favourite place to travel is East Africa. If she wasn’t working at King's she would have loved to be a dive master.

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    Timothy Matthews

    Tim is a Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Greenwich. He was previously the data manager for the E-Risk Study, and he also completed his PhD and British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship at King’s College London using E-Risk data. His PhD looked at loneliness and how it relates to health functioning in young people and his current research specifically studies whether loneliness is concentrated in certain types of neighbourhoods. Tim is from Guildford and studied his BSc in Psychology at Surrey University. Interestingly Tim used to live on a boat but decided to move to dry land after a few too many cold winters. He would like to travel to Africa and see more of Germany and Italy and if he wasn’t working for King’s he would have liked to be a wildlife photographer.

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    Alan Meehan

    Alan is a Lecturer in Psychology (Education) at King’s College London. Alan received a BA(Hons) in Applied Psychology at University College Cork in Ireland and went on to achieve a MSc in Applied Forensic Psychology at University of York. His PhD research, completed at the IoPPN, focused on risk factors and developmental pathways underlying callous-unemotional traits and low prosocial behaviour in youth within a longitudinal birth cohort. Alan’s current research focuses on identifying processes of risk and resilience for child and adolescent mental health problems, with a particular focus on childhood trauma and adversity. He previously worked as a postdoctoral research associate on a joint ESRC-NSPCC project using E-Risk data, which investigated the application of novel prediction modelling approaches to enhance identification of mental health risk in young people. He is currently affiliated with the IoPPN’s Stress and Development Lab, as well as Yale University’s Child Study Center via an honorary Clinical Research Affiliate post. When not in the office, he is likely to be found in a cinema somewhere, or attempting to teach himself to play the piano (his newest hobby).

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    Jonathan Mill

    Jon is a Professor of Epigenomics at the University of Exeter Medical School where he heads the Complex Disease Epigenomics Group. He was a co-investigator for the E-Risk Study at Phase 18. He graduated with a degree in Human Sciences from Oxford University, where he took a particular interest in cannibalism, before undertaking his PhD in psychiatric genetics at the MRC Social, Genetic and Developmental Psychiatry Centre at the Institute of Psychiatry. After spending three years as a Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) postdoctoral fellow at the University of Toronto, he returned to the Institute of Psychiatry before moving to Exeter in 2012.

    His group takes an integrated genomics approach to complex disease, with a particular focus on diseases affecting the central nervous system. His team is currently studying the causes and consequences of molecular variation in the brain and the role this plays in both neurodegenerative disease (e.g. Alzheimer's disease, ALS, and other types of dementia) and neurodevelopmental disorders (e.g. autism, and schizophrenia).  His group was funded as part of the NIH Epigenomics Roadmap Initiative, representing the only award made under this scheme outside of North America and putting them at the forefront of complex disease epigenomic research. They are also the only UK group involved in the PsychENCODE consortium, profiling epigenomic variation in autism brain and across neurodevelopment. Outside of the lab, Jonathan is a competitive vegetable grower and in 2017 produced a 15ft 6inch parsnip that is reputedly the longest grown ever in the United Kingdom.

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    Joanne Newbury

    Jo is a Sir Henry Wellcome Postdoctoral Fellow at Bristol Medical School. She completed her 1+3 PhD and ESRC Postdoctoral Fellowship at King’s using E-Risk data, in which she investigated the potential role of neighbourhood factors, such as high crime and low social cohesion, in the association between urbanicity and psychotic experiences in childhood and adolescence. More recently her work has explored the potential association of physical exposures, including air and noise pollution, in mental health problems. Jo previously studied Psychology and Anthropology at Durham University and grew up by the sea in East Sussex. She now lives near Bristol with her husband, son, and two cats.

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    Candice Odgers

    Candice Odgers is a Professor of Psychology at University of California, Irvine, and a Research Professor at Sanford School of Public Policy, Duke University. She completed her undergraduate and master’s degree at Simon Fraser University and obtained her PhD at the University of Virginia. Her research focuses on how social inequalities and early adversity influence children’s future health and well-being, with an emphasis on how new technologies, including mobile phones and web-based tools, can be used to understand and improve the lives of young people. Candice is a Jacobs Foundation Research Fellow and Fellow of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research. When not studying the childhoods of the 2232 study members from the E-Risk Study, Candice spends her time trying to keep pace with her own children and can often be found running by the sea.

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    Katie Thompson

    Katie is a ESRC LISS-DTP funded PhD student at the Social, Genetic and Developmental Psychiatry Centre, King’s College London. She completed her BSc in Psychology at Loughborough University and went on to study her MSc in Genes, Environment and Development in Psychology and Psychiatry at King’s College London. After her MSc, she joined the NIHR BioResource Centre Maudsley as a Research Assistant, working as the NHS site lead on the Genetic Links to Anxiety and Depression Study, Eating Disorder Genetics Initiative, and the COVID-19 Psychiatry and Neurological Genetics Study. Katie is also a co-investigator on the COVIDENCE UK Study at Queen Mary University of London. Currently, Katie’s work utilises longitudinal approaches to explore the environmental and genetic influences on childhood social isolation. She aims to identify patterns of social isolation in early childhood, in order to better understand early life risk factors and later health and functioning. Outside of her PhD, Katie spends most of  her time either painting, or playing (and most likely losing) a good board game.

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    Antonella Trotta

    Antonella has completed her PhD in Psychosis Studies at King's College London on the impact of genes by childhood adversity interaction on the clinical and social outcomes of psychosis. As Postdoctoral Clinical Researcher she focused on cognitive biases underlying paranoid thoughts as well as on the effect of having psychotic symptoms in childhood on functioning in young adulthood. Antonella has recently been awarded a clinical research fellowship to develop a pilot study on inflammatory mechanisms linking childhood adversity to psychosis.

    She previously studied Psychology at the University of Palermo and has qualified as a Clinical Psychologist in the same University before moving to London. Alongside her research interests, Antonella also works in the South London and Maudsley NHS Trust providing psychological interventions to patients presenting with complex mental health problems, including psychosis. Being Mediterranean and brought up in Sicily, Antonella considers the sea as a natural healer and finds it relaxing being hypnotised by its smell and the repetitive movements of its waves. She enjoys getting lost in bike rides.

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    Sophie von Stumm

    Sophie is Professor of Psychology in Education and Director of the Hungry Mind Lab at the Department of Education at the University of York. After completing her PhD in Psychology in 2010, she worked at the University of Chichester (2010-11), completed an ESRC-funded postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Edinburgh (2011-12), and lectured at Goldsmiths University of London (2012-17) and the London School of Economics (2017-18). Sophie studies the causes and consequences of individual differences in learning across the life course. She integrates a range of theories and methods from psychology, education, sociology, epidemiology and genomics to pursue research in three key areas: (a) using genome-wide polygenic scores to better understand educational outcomes; (b) the effects of early life environments on children’s language development; and (c) the role of personality traits like curiosity and imagination for learning. She is currently leading a project on “Language experiences and the transmission of family background inequality” using E-Risk Study data which is funded by the Nuffield Foundation.

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    Jasmin Wertz

    Jasmin is a Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Edinburgh. Her research focuses on child behavioural and emotional problems, specifically (1) the biosocial aetiology of these problems, and (2) their implications for life-course outcomes, including attainment and health. Her work integrates theory and methods from developmental science, psychopathology, behaviour genetics and family studies to generate new insights into the origins and outcomes of child behavioural and emotional problems. Jasmin grew up in Germany and completed a Diploma in Psychology at Humboldt University in Berlin and Bielefeld University. She then moved to the UK, where she earned an MSc in Neuroscience followed by her PhD in Developmental Psychopathology at King’s College London. She was then a postdoctoral fellow working with Profs Caspi & Moffitt at Duke University, NC, USA. When not working, Jasmin can be found reading, sewing or exploring the food and outdoors of Scotland with her family.