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Leverhulme Early Career Research Fellow, University of Oxford

My research focuses on the impact of early life stress on psychological and behavioral development. In particular, my research examines the effects of bullying and maltreatment on young people’s mental health and wellbeing. My research integrates methods from social epidemiology, developmental psychology and behavioral genetics in order to understand the complex genetic and environmental influences that promote resilience to victimization and early life stress. The aim of this research is to guide intervention work by identifying protective factors that promote lifelong resilience.

I graduated with a BA Hons in Experimental Psychology from Oxford University in 2004. I was awarded a PhD in Behavioural Genetics in 2011 from the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London. I am a Leverhulme Early Career Research Fellow at the Department of Experimental Psychology, and was appointed as a Fellow of Magdalen College in 2014.


  • –present
    Research Associate at the School of Social and Community Medicine, University of Bristol
  • 2014–present
    Leverhulme Early Career Fellow, University of Oxford


  • 2011 
    King's College London, PhD Behavioural Genetics
  • 2007 
    King's College London, MSc in Social, Genetic and Developmental Psychiatry


  • 2015
    Peer victimisation during adolescence and its impact on depression in early adulthood: prospective cohort study in the United Kingdom, BMJ
  • 2014
    Sibling bullying and risk of depression, anxiety, and self-harm: a prospective cohort study, Pediatrics
  • 2013
    'Chronic bullying victimization across school transitions: the role of genetic and environmental influences', Development & Psychopathology
  • 2010
    Families promote emotional and behavioural resilience to bullying: evidence of an environmental effect, Journal of Child Psychology & Psychiatry
  • 2009
    School, neighborhood, and family factors are associated with children's bullying involvement: A nationally representative longitudinal study, JAACAP

Grants and Contracts

  • 2014
    Resilience in the context of harsh, neglectful parenting
    Leverhulme Early Career Research Fellowship
    Funding Source:
    Leverhulme Trust
  • 2012
    Protective factors that interrupt the continuity from school bullying to anti-social behaviour and offending later in life – implications for prevention and treatment
    Funding Source:
    Jacobs Foundation