I have always been interested in child development, and how children who struggle with behavioural problems or experience hardship navigate through life. In addition, many adult mental and physical health problems have their roots early in life, so it helps to look at childhood processes to better understand their origins.
My interest in these themes led me to apply for a Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) studentship because it enabled me to research on these topics, and to be based at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience (IoPPN), which is a fantastic environment for conducting interdisciplinary developmental psychology research.
In addition, since I already had an MSc, a 3+1 studentship made much more sense than the traditional 1+3. Furthermore, the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) funding appealed because there is a big focus on making your research relevant to people’s lives.
German Diploma (roughly equivalent to a UK combined BSc and Msc) in Psychology, in educational and clinical psychology
MSc in Neuroscience, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN), UK
Present Student research assistant and assistant psychologist
Developmental origins and outcomes of childhood antisocial behaviour: An investigation in a genetically sensitive epidemiological cohort study
My research fits best with the developmental disorders cluster of the BRC.
I’m studying the genetic and environmental influences that can explain why some children behave more aggressively than others, and the consequences that their aggressive behaviour has for their development.
More information can be found in my three-minute video.