Emotional competence in school transitions
This corner-stone project looks at how individual differences in emotional competence affect mental health and well-being during the transition from primary to secondary school. After testing 50 girls in the final months of primary school, we are now following up with each girl to obtain measures of well-being after the school transition.
I read for my PhD at Birkbeck College, University of London and went on to receive postdoctoral training at University College London, King's College London, the National Institutes of Health, USA and the University of Oxford.
As a developmental cognitive neuroscientist, I use a combination of behavioural tests and brain-imaging techniques to understand how improving cognitive abilities and changes in brain function and structure shape the emerging social brain network.
I am also investigating the role of the microbiome gut-brain axis on behaviour and brain function in development, together with the Brain NUtrition Gut Microbiome group, a multidisciplinary research group at the University of Surrey.