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Jennifer Lau

BSc, MA, PhD

Visiting Principal Investigator in the Researching Emotional Disorders & Development Research Group

  • Reader in Developmental Psychopathology at the Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London
Child and Adolescent Mood and Anxiety Problems

I graduated from University College London with a degree in Psychology, before working for a year as an assistant psychologist at the Institute of Child Health. Following this, I completed a doctorate at the Social, Genetic and Developmental Psychiatry Centre at the Institute of Psychiatry. After a brief visiting fellowship at the National Institute of Mental Health, I came to Oxford as University Lecturer and Tutorial Fellow in Experimental Psychology. 

Having served in this post from 2007 until 2013, I am now based at the Institute of Psychiatry at King's College London. I will continue to oversee the work of REDD across these two institutions, and to co-direct the Calleva Research Centre for Evolution and Human Sciences at Magdalen College. 

My research interests lie in understanding mood and anxiety problems in children and young people. In particular, I am interested in investigating the neural and cognitive mechanisms by which genetic and environmental risk factors interact to influence atypical emotional and social development. More recently, my work has focused on using knowledge from basic science approaches to facilitate new interventive tools.

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