UCL Psychology and Language Sciences


Dr Lucy Foulkes

Honorary Lecturer

Clinical, Edu & Hlth Psychology

Div of Psychology & Lang Sciences

Joined UCL
1st May 2013

Research summary

My research focuses on mental health and social cognition, particularly in adolescence.


! completed my 4-year MRC-funded PhD in UCL's Clinical, Educational and Health Psychology department, supervised by Profs Essi Viding and Eamon McCrory (2011-2015). My thesis focused on social reward processing and psychopathic traits. I then worked as a postdoc at the UCL Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, with Prof Sarah-Jayne Blakemore (2015-2017). This focused on the MYRIAD trial, investigating the effect of mindfulness on adolescent mental health. I then took up a lectureship in psychology and education at the University of York (2018-2020). 

I am currently honorary lecturer in psychology in UCL's Clinical, Educational and Health Psychology department. I am author of the book Losing Our Minds: What Mental Illness Really Is And What It Isn't (Penguin Random House, 2021).