UCL Psychology and Language Sciences

Prof Pasco Fearon

Prof Pasco Fearon

Chair in Developmental Psychopathology

Clinical, Edu & Hlth Psychology

Div of Psychology & Lang Sciences

Joined UCL
1st Mar 2011

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
DClinPsy, Clinical Psychology | 2004
University College London
PhD, Psychology | 1999
University of Cambridge
MA, Experimental Psychology | 1996
University of Cambridge
BA, Experimental Psychology | 1993