Laura began her part-time PhD in the GEL lab in 2017 as part of an ESRC 1+3 studentship, supervised by Professor Angelica Ronald. She gained distinction for her MSc in Psychological Research Methods, and achieved the highest first class honours as a BSc student in Psychology at Birkbeck (2014).
Laura has previously worked and volunteered with adolescents and adults experiencing mental health difficulties prior to and throughout her undergraduate degree. Laura is particularly interested in the origins and the development of individual differences in psychological and emotional difficulties. Her PhD will focus on the genetic and environmental influences on psychotic experiences and negative symptoms (PENS) across the lifespan in the general population. She will use a range of phenotypic and behavioural genetic methods, with a keen focus on modelling longitudinal data using structural equation modelling.
Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) 1+3 studentship
Enhanced funding for Advanced Quantitative Methods
PhD Psychology – Birkbeck, University of London (2017-present)
MSc (distinction) Psychological Research Methods – Birkbeck, University of London (2015-2016)
BSc (first class honours) Psychology – Birkbeck, University of London (2010-2014)
An up to date list of publications can be found here on the Centre for Brain and Cognitive Development website
Associations between the subdomains of negative symptoms in the general population and genome-wide polygenic scores for major depressive disorder and schizophrenia. (June, 2021). Behavior Genetics Association, online conference. Poster presentation.
The latent structure of negative symptoms in the general population in adolescence and emerging adulthood and associations with genome-wide polygenic scores for major depressive disorder and schizophrenia. (June, 2021). British Society for the Psychology of Individual Differences, online conference. Oral presentation.