UCL Institute of Mental Health

Prof Pasco Fearon

Prof Pasco Fearon

Chair in Developmental Psychopathology

Clinical, Edu & Hlth Psychology

Div of Psychology & Lang Sciences

Joined UCL
1st Sep 2007

Research summary

My research focuses on the mechanisms of socio-emotional development and the processes involved in risk for psychopathology. I am particularly interested in the intersection between social and biological processes in children's development, and accordingly I use a range of diverse methods, including observational techniques for measuring family processes (attachment, parenting), quantitative and molecular genetics for examining genes and gene-environment interactions, and biological measurements for capturing peripheral physiology (e.g. cortisol, heart rate) and brain function (EEG, fMRI). As my primary interest is in development, much of my work involves longitudinal cohort studies, and multivariate longitudinal data analysis.

Teaching summary

Taught Courses

  • Joint Course Director for the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology


University of Wales, Bangor
Doctorate, Doctorate in Clinical Psychology | 2004
University College London
Doctorate, Doctor of Philosophy | 1999
University of Cambridge
Other higher degree, Master of Arts | 1996
University of Cambridge
First Degree, Bachelor of Arts | 1993