Anja Holowell (PhD student)

Email: ahollo02@student.bbk.ac.uk

Twitter: @AnjaHollowell

Anja started her ESRC-funded PhD in October 2021, supervised by Prof Angelica Ronald and Prof Iroise Dumontheil. The project, titled Large-scale cognitive and genetic investigations into the relationship between infant temperament and later mental health outcomes is part of the Genetics of Early Milestones and Skills project (GEMS). This project will use data from a number of different pregnancy and birth cohorts from the EArly Genetics and Lifecourse Epidemiology consortium (https://www.eagle-consortium.org/) to map the common genetic architecture of infant temperament traits. The project will also look into the role of infant temperament on lifespan development at behavioural and cognitive levels using longitudinal research designs.

Before her PhD, Anja completed her MSc in Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuropsycholgy at Birkbeck; her project investigated the relationship between a Bias Against Discomfirmatory Evidence (BADE) and non-clinical psychotic experiences in adolescents. Anja then worked in Public Involvement for a mental health research charity for two years before starting her PhD.

Funding

Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) +3 studentship

ESRC enhanced funding for Advanced Quantitative Methods

Education

PhD Psychology – Birkbeck, University of London (2021-2024)

MSc (distinction) Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuropsychology – Birkbeck, University of London (2016 – 2018)

BSc (2:1) Natural Sciences (Major: Biochemistry and Genetics Minor: Statistics) – Lancaster University (2012 – 2015)

Publications

Pavarini, G., Reardon, T., Hollowell, A., Bennett, V., Lawrance, E., Pinfold, V., & Singh, I. (2022). Online peer support training to promote adolescents’ emotional support skills, mental health and agency during COVID-19: Randomised controlled trial and qualitative evaluation. European child & adolescent psychiatry, 1-12. https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s00787-021-01933-0

Hollowell, A., & Ronald, A. (2020). Psychotic experiences associate with a bias against disconfirmatory evidence (BADE) in adolescence. Schizophrenia Research, 218. 304-305. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0920996420301079?via%3Dihub