Senior research specialist
I am a senior research specialist at the Department of Medical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, working in genetic and psychiatric epidemiology.
The overarching focus of my research is on the causes of and outcomes associated with neurodevelopmental conditions, with a particular focus on autism. My work falls under two broad areas:
1. Causes of neurodevelopmental conditions. My research in this line focuses on the genetic and environmental contributions to conditions such as autism and ADHD, as well as psychiatric disorders more broadly. In particular, I am interested in the extent to which these conditions can be defined as continuous dimensions.
2. Outcomes associated with neurodevelopmental conditions. I am interested in the various challenges (e.g. mental and physical health problems) that individuals with these conditions face across their lives, and the factors that contribute towards these challenges. In this line of work, I especially focus on autism but am also involved in several projects focused on similar topics in relation to ADHD.
I also maintain a side interest in adolescent symptoms of adult onset mental health problems, such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.
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