Senior research specialist
I am a senior research specialist at the Department of Medical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, where I have been working since 2015.
My research broadly falls into two categories:
1. Causes of neurodevelopmental disorders: I am interested in the genetic and environmental factors that cause neurodevelopmental disorders. My work in this field uses genetically sensitive designs to investigate the degree to which these conditions are influenced by genetic and environmental factors. In particular, I am interested in understanding the etiology of these conditions from a dimensional perspective, which assumes that neurodevelopmental disorders arise from cumulative exposure to etiological factors associated with them.
2. Consequences of neurodevelopmental disorders: In this branch of research, I am particularly interested in mental health outcomes associated with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) across the lifespan. My research has focused on the association between ASDs and psychiatric outcomes in childhood and adolescence, including bipolar disorder and sleep problems. I am also involved in several projects addressing similar questions in relation to attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
2010-2013 PhD Behavioural Genetics, Institute of Education, London, UK
2009-2010 MSc (with Distinction) Psychological Research Methods, University of Exeter, Exeter, UK
2006-2009 BSc (Hons) Psychology, University of Exeter, Exeter, UK