Lecturer in Psychology, University of Sussex

Darya is Lecturer in Psychology and Lead of the EDGE Lab (Laboratory for Investigations of Environment, Development, Genetics and Epigenetics in Psychopathology; http://www.sussex.ac.uk/psychology/edgelab/). In her research, she applies an interdisciplinary approach and combines prospective longitudinal, cross-cultural, and genetically informative research designs to get insights into determinants and consequences of psychopathology across the life course, generations and cultures. There are three main research themes in the EDGE Lab:

1. Risk and Resilience

What factors make people more vulnerable to psychopathology and which factors contribute to resilience? What is the role of different factors across life course - from early prenatal period to late adulthood? Are there culture-specific effects of these factors?

2. Biomarkers and Endophenotypes

What are biological and cognitive mechanisms that underlie the link between risk factors and psychopathology?

3. Health and Ageing

Is children's socio-emotional development associated with mental and physical health and illness across the life course and with ageing (for example, cognitive decline, metabolic and cardio-vascular health)?

Dr Gaysina has a BA and MSc degree in Biology and teaching qualification from the Bashkir State University (Russia). She received a PhD in Human Genetics from the Institute of Biochemistry and Genetics, the Russian Academy of Sciences (focusing on molecular-genetic aspects of human aggressive behaviour). Darya has previously held research posts at the Institute of Biochemistry and Genetics, RAS; the Institute of Psychiatry, KCL; and the MRC Unit for Lifelong Health and Ageing, UCL.
Dr Gaysina is an author of more than 40 peer-reviewed publications and the co-editor of the book 'Behavioural Genetics for Education' published by Palgrave Macmillan (ISBN: 9781137437310).


  • –present
    Lecturer, University of Sussex