Jean-Baptiste Pingault, head of lab


Jean-Baptiste is a Lecturer at the Department of Clinical, Educational and Health Psychology (CEPH), University College London (UCL), as well as a visiting researcher at the Social, Genetic, and Developmental Psychiatry centre, King’s College London (KCL).

He is currently a MQ Transforming Mental Health Fellow. Prior to his arrival in London with a European Marie Curie Fellowship, he has done research  in France, Brazil and Canada. More information at:


Current lab members

Yusuke Takahashi

Dr. Yusuke Takahashi is a visiting scholar from Kyoto University, Japan. He received his doctorate in personality psychology from the University of Tokyo in 2008, and worked as a postdoctral researcher at Keio University at Tokyo, and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign until 2011 when he joined the faculty at Kyoto University. His primary research focus is to understand the underlying individual differences in personality development across the lifespan and their relations to everyday life style and physical health as well as various forms of psychopathology. Another research focus is human behavioral genetics using twin method, in particular genetic and environmental factors influencing the development of personality and associated internalizing and externalizing behaviors during adolescence and adulthood.

Tabea Schoeler

Tabea has joined the lab as a postdoctoral researcher on a project funded by MQ Transforming Mental Health.  She completed her PhD and MSc projects in Mental Health Studies (King’s College London) and her BSc in Psychology (Hildesheim, Germany).  During her PhD, she examined the link between cannabis use and mental health outcomes. Her current research focuses on investigating the consequences and the risk factors for bullying victimisation. In particular, she is keen to apply more stringent statistical methods such as quasi-experimental designs to elucidate and disentangle risk effects on mental health in large epidemiological datasets.  More information at:

Chaoyu Liu

Chaoyu just finished her MSc in Cognitive and Decision Sciences at University College London and did her research project investigating ADHD symptom development from childhood to adolescence in the lab. Before coming to the UK, Chaoyu was a psychiatrist specialising in child and adolescent mental health in National Taiwan University Hospital. She is interested in the developmental trajectories of mental health problems and factors influencing underlying pathways. For example, although ADHD is known to be highly heritable, environmental factors, such as perinatal insult and maternal depression are also associated with higher ADHD risk. Chaoyu is also interested in the interaction between different psychiatric disorders, and how one condition may facilitate the development of the other. Chaoyu has just been awarded a competitive UCL Overseas Research Scholarship and is looking forward to pursuing those two research questions during her PhD years at UCL.

Kai Xiang Lim 

Kai graduated from University College London (UCL) with a first class and Dean’s List award in BSc (Hons) Psychology. During his undergraduate project, his research focused on how low birth weight affects Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) using twin difference designs under the supervision of Dr Jean-Baptiste Pingault and Professor Essi Viding. He is currently based at Social, Genetic, and Developmental Psychiatry centre, King’s College London (KCL) for a MSc in Genes, Environment and Development in Psychology and Psychiatry.

At his free time, Kai enjoys doing Chinese calligraphy and has recently developed an interest in origami. He is eager to know more about the world and harbours a secret wish of having a twin brother.

Lauren Duncan

Lauren is a 3rd year BSc Psychology Student at University College London and is doing her dissertation research on the effects of bullying on mental health outcomes. She is using data from the most recent of Britain’s national longitudinal birth cohort research-the Millennium Cohort Study (MCS)-which tracks the Millennium children through their early childhood years to adulthood.

Stephanie Cahill

Stephanie is currently a rotation student in the lab. She completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology and Zoology at the University of Bristol, followed by a Masters in Human Evolution and Behaviour at University College London. Her MSc thesis examined the effect of prenatal and postnatal envinronment on the risk of later behavioural difficulties, using data from ALSPAC.

She is  now part of the BioSocial Centre for Doctoral Training, funded by the BBSRC and ESRC. Her PhD project aims to build an integrative model of resilience that concurrently examines environmental, psychological and biological processes and their interplay at varying developmental periods.

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