I am Director of the GenOmics And Life Stories (GOALS) group and our research explores two main areas: the development (and correlates) of life stories and personal identity, and genomics in education.
Our interest in life story research is primarily focused on associations between aspects of narrative identity and successful adult living (eg employment, social support and life satisfaction). This is an emerging area of research for me and will be a major focus for the GOALS group over the coming years.
My background is in twin research and in applying behavioural genetic research to education. I am particularly interested in exploring the risks and benefits associated with using findings from genetic research (eg polygenic scores) to inform educational policy and practice. My twin research has been funded by the British Academy, NIH and the Nuffield Foundation.
Potential PhD students, post-docs or visiting scholars in either of these areas, from a range of disciplinary backgrounds, are welcome to contact me directly to discuss project ideas or collaborations with GOALS.
I am currently the Department's Director of Research and Impact Lead, as well as Programme Leader for the MSc Psychology in Education (BPS accredited conversion programme)..
Lecturer, Senior Lecturer and Professor, Department of Education, University of York
British Academy Post-Doctoral Fellow, Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London
King's College London, PhD
Royal Holloway, University of London, PGDip in Psychology
University of Cambridge, BA (Hons) in History
G is for Genes: The Impact of Genetics on Education and Achievement, Wiley Blackwell
Added Value Measures in Education Show Genetic as Well as Environmental Influence, PLoS ONE
Clones in the Classroom: A Daily Diary Study of the Nonshared Environmental Relationship Between Monozygotic Twin Differences in School Experience and Achievement, Twin Research and Human Genetics
irthweight-discordance and differences in early parenting relate to monozygotic twin differences in behaviour problems and academic achievement at age 7, Developmental Science
The use of discordant MZ twins to generate hypotheses regarding non-shared environmental influence on anxiety in middle childhood, Social Development
Nature and nurture: Genetic and environmental influences on behavior. , Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science
Environmental moderators of genetic influence on verbal and nonverbal abilities in early childhood, Intelligence
X inactivation as a source of behavioural differences in monozygotic female twins, Twin Research
Nonshared environmental influences on individual differences in early behavioral development: A monozygotic twin differences study, Child Development
Why are children in the same family so different? Nonshared environment a decade later. , Canadian Journal of Psychiatry
Nature and nurture in the family, Marriage and Family Review
Grants and Contracts
Understanding and influencing pupils' choices at age 16