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'Outstanding' young psychologist wins £5,000 prize

29 April 2010

Dr Essi Viding

A researcher from UCL has won the British Academy's 2010 Wiley Prize for Psychology for her outstanding contribution to the field.

Development psychologist Dr Essi Viding (UCL Clinical, Educational and Health Psychology) specialises in the causes of violent antisocial behaviour in children and adolescents.

She becomes the first early career scholar to win the prize, which is sponsored by publisher Wiley-Blackwell and worth £5,000.

Dr Viding’s work brings together genetics, social development and cognitive neuroscience in innovative new ways to explore the causes of violent antisocial behaviour in young people.

She was appointed Reader in Developmental Psychopathology at UCL in 2008 and is heavily committed to translating her basic science findings into practice with advisory roles for school-based interventions and government policy.  

Dr Viding said: “It is a great honour that the British Academy and Wiley-Blackwell have recognised the research I conduct with my team and collaborators. I have been fortunate that UCL have strongly supported my early career development. This prize is also a testament to the wonderful mentoring I have been lucky to receive throughout my career.”

The President of the British Academy, Sir Adam Roberts, added: “Dr Viding is undoubtedly one of the country’s most exciting new talents in psychology research and I’m certain we’ll hear a great deal more of her in the coming years.”

For more information about Dr Viding or UCL Clinical, Educational and Health Psychology follow the links above.

Image: Dr Essi Viding.


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