Student Profile Lucy Karwatowska UCL

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Lucy received her BSc in Experimental Psychology from the University of Bristol (2012 – 2015). She collaborated with the Tobacco and Alcohol Research Group on her final-year dissertation which investigated the role of state anxiety on social evaluation learning using carbon dioxide inhalation methods. She gained a distinction for her MSc in Forensic Mental Health Research at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King's College London (2015 – 2017) and was awarded the Sheilagh Hodgins Prize for the highest dissertation mark in her cohort. Her dissertation examined the intergenerational effects of parenting on infant brain volumes. She then worked at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust (2017 – 2018) as an Assistant Research Psychologist on an NIHR funded multi-site project investigating the effects of personalised interventions for early onset conduct problems.


Lucy started her jointly funded ESRC / BBSRC PhD Studentship in the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, University College London in October 2018. She completed her first rotation with Dr Jean-Baptiste Pingault (Clinical, Educational and Health Psychology) using Mendelian Randomisation and her second rotation with Prof Bianca De Stavola (Institute of Child Health, Great Ormond Street) using G Methods. Her current research uses causal inference designs to better understand the aetiology of conduct problems, specifically the biosocial risk factors associated with the development of antisocial behaviour.


  • The difference my research makes

Lucy hopes that the results from her PhD will inform future research, clinical assessments and evidence-based treatments for early-onset conduct problems.

Supervisors: TBC


  • Hogg, E., Karwatowska, L., French, L., Jesnick, L., Roberts, C., & Kennedy, E. M. M. (in review). Personalised interventions for subgroups of children with conduct problems. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews.
  • Button, K. S., Karwatowska, L., Kounali, D., Munafò, M. R., & Attwood, A. S. (2016). Acute anxiety and social inference: An experimental manipulation with 7.5% carbon dioxide inhalation. Journal of Psychopharmacology, 30(10), 1036–1046. https://doi.org/10.1177/0269881116653105