I study the neurobiological and psychological mechanisms of adaptive behaviour and learning, including how they develop, and what role they play in psychopathology. I use functional and structural neuroimaging, neurochemical imaging, peripheral and central psychophysiology, mathematical modelling, personality and psychodiagnostic instruments, and behavioural testing. With collaborators from multiple disciplines we take a molecules-to-mind approach to human cognition and behaviour.
I trained in biology at Imperial College London, and in behavioural neuroscience at Cambridge, where I worked with Professors Barry Everitt and Trevor Robbins. Shortly after my PhD, I spent some time at the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience at UCL in the lab of Professor Patrick Haggard, before moving to the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience at King’s College London for further postdoctoral training. There, I worked in developmental cognitive neuroscience and psychopathology with Professors Katya Rubia and Eric Taylor at the Social, Genetic, and Developmental Psychiatry Centre, and trained in neuroimaging with the teams of Professors Mick Brammer and Gareth Barker, at the Centre for Neuroimaging Sciences. I moved to Reading in 2009 as a lecturer in Developmental Psychopathology, leaving briefly to train in computational modeling at the Princeton Neuroscience Institute with Professor Yael Niv in 2010. I left again briefly in 2015 to work as a science journalist at Nature, after being awarded a Media Fellowship by the British Science Association. I have been leading CINN since 2018. I was named Professor of Neuroscience in 2020.