Wellcome Early-Career Fellow
Developmental Science & Mental Health
I am a developmental psychologist interested in how adolescents navigate their complex social networks, and how these networks impact mental health. In particular, my current programme of work is focused on:
(1) The role of peer influence effects on adolescent mental health (e.g., social contagion and co-rumination)
(2) The application of novel methods to evaluate the success and failure of school-based interventions for mental health (e.g., using social network analysis)
(3) The development of social-cognition during adolescence (e.g., social working memory).
Much of this work draws on a combination of methods, including those from experimental psychology (e.g. behavioural experiments), the computational social sciences (e.g., social network analysis), epidemiology (e.g. longitudinal modelling) and intervention science (e.g., randomised controlled trials).
My research is currently funded by the Wellcome Trust and University College, Oxford, where I hold the Stevenson JRF in Medical Sciences (Psychology). I am also an affiliated Research Fellow at the Matilda Centre for Mental Health and Substance Use at the University of Sydney, Australia.