Our research focuses on the development of emotional problems in young people. We have a broad aim of discovering risk and protective mechanisms involved in childhood and adolescent adjustment problems. This type of research can help to generate effective “talking” therapies as well as preventive psychological interventions to prevent the development of disorders in young people.
We use a range of research strategies including longitudinal cohort studies, experimental studies in the laboratory, and behaviour genetics. Current work and funded projects include: 1) Identifying cognitive markers of risk and resilience to adolescent depression (e.g. reward processing, executive functioning, over-general autobiographical memory). 2) Transition to secondary school. 3) Incorporating basic research findings into preventive interventions.