Research

My research investigates risk and protective factors for the development and treatment of emotional problems, particularly fear and anxiety during childhood. I am specifically interested in parenting, children's play, and cognitive-behavioural processes such as biases in attention, interpretation and memory, and avoidance behaviour. Along with colleagues at the Institute of Psychiatry, psychology and Neuroscience, King's College London, I am interested in the interplay between genes and environment, particularly with respect to the prediction of response to psychological therapy. My current research is also exploring the links between parenting and parental anxiety and children's play experiences, especially risky play. 

I am always interested in hearing from prospective PhD students or early career scientists who might like to work with me and my lab. This year, I am offering a PhD project with Prof.Robin Banerjee on parental monitoring during young children's play. Please contact me if you are interested in this opportunity or apply here: http://www.sussex.ac.uk/study/phd/apply