I am a postdoctoral researcher in psychiatric epidemiology. I joined MEB in April 2015 to work on the Child and Adolescent Twin Study in Sweden (CATSS) with Prof Paul Lichtenstein.
My background is in psychology. I completed my BSc and MSc at the University of Exeter in the UK. I studied for a PhD in behavioral genetics at the UCL Institute of Education. Working with Prof Tony Charman and Dr Angelica Ronald, my thesis tested numerous hypotheses regarding the co-occurrence of traits characteristic of autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). After a postdoc with Dr Angelica Ronald investigating adolescent psychotic experiences, I relocated to KI in April 2015.
2010-2013 PhD Behavioural Genetics, Institute of Education, London, UK
2009-2010 MSc (with Distinction) Psychological Research Methods, University of Exeter, Exeter, UK
2006-2009 BSc (Hons) Psychology, University of Exeter, Exeter, UK
Broadly, I am interested in the heterogeneity in and outcomes associated with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Specifically, my research interests can be divided into two streams:
1. The development of ASD: when do symptoms typically emerge? How do they change and develop over time? How do genes and environment influence this change and continuity?
2. Comorbidity of ASD: how commonly are individuals with ASD diagnosed with psychiatric disorders? Which psychiatric disorders? What role do shared genetic and environmental causes play in the association between ASD and psychiatric disorders?
I have also been involved in a number of projects concerning similar questions on attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
I currently teach on the medical program (vetenskaplig metodologi) during the first and fifth semester.