Personal profile

Personal profile

I study causes and correlates of individual differences in academic achievement combining behavioural genetic and statistical genetic methods with psychometrics and innovative assessment methods. My work uses both the twin design and DNA-based methods, to increase the understanding of individual differences in educational achievement at the end of compulsory education and beyond.


My current work, that is funded by the Sir Henry Wellcome Postdoctoral Fellowship, aims to get to the heart of the association between early educational experiences and adverse life outcomes using advanced statistical genetic methods that aid in identification of specific risk factors (school environment, school type, educational outcomes, parental/teacher support) that predict outcomes during childhood and later in life while controlling for genetic confounding.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities

Education/Academic qualification

Bahavioural Genetics, PhD, Genetic and environmental underpinnings of educational achievement at the end of compulsory education and beyond, Social Genetic and Developmental Psychiatric Centre

Award Date: 30 Sept 2017

External positions

Visiting researcher, Social Genetic and Developmental Psychiatric Centre


  • Developmental psychology
  • Genetics
  • Genomics
  • Psychology of mental health
  • Psychometrics

Collaborations and top research areas from the last five years

Recent external collaboration on country/territory level. Dive into details by clicking on the dots or