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Professor of Child Psychology, University of Reading

Helen has a PhD in Cognitive Science from Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia. She is currently a Professor of Child Psychology in the Anxiety and Depression in Young People (ANDY) research unit at the University of Reading. Her research examines risk factors for child anxiety and cognitive mechanisms underpinning children's anxiety with a view to informing the prevention of anxiety. Helen has worked on a number of longitudinal studies examining the child and family factors that affect a child's risk for anxiety over time.

In 2019 Helen was awarded a prestigious UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship (MR/S017909/1) to conduct research examining whether adventurous play could be used to decrease children's anxiety risk. In addition to this, Helen's research has been funded by the Ecomomic and Social Research Council (ESRC), Royal Society, British Academy and Australian Research Council. She has received awards from the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA) and the British Psychological Association (BPS) and holds an honorary poisition at the Centre for Emotional Health, Maquarie University, Australia.



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    Professor of Child Psychology, University of Reading