MYRIAD Cognition team

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Sarah-Jayne Blakemore
Principal Investigator University College London

Sarah-Jayne Blakemore is a Royal Society University Research Fellow and Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience at UCL. She is Deputy Director of the UCL Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience and leader of the Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience Group. Her group’s research focuses on the development of social cognition and decision making in the typically developing adolescent brain.

You can read more about Sarah-Jayne’s work on the Blakemore Lab website here.

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Tim Dalgleish
Principal Investigator MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit Cambridge

Tim is broadly interested in affective neuroscience in relation to clinical depression and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). He is particularly interested in mental control and emotion regulation in these conditions and the psychological and neural substrates of these processes.

You can read more about Tim’s work on the MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit website here.

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Darren Dunning
Post-Doctoral Researcher MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit Cambridge

Darren’s research has focussed on developing and evaluating interventions to help remediate working memory impairments in various developmental groups, including those with working memory difficulties, dyslexia, ADHD and acquired brain injury. Darren’s current interests include the association between cognition and emotion and how mindfulness-based training affects both.

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Lucy Foulkes
Post-Doctoral Researcher University College London

Dr Lucy Foulkes completed her PhD in Mental Health at UCL, during which she focussed on individual differences in social reward processing and their association with clinical disorders. In Sarah-Jayne Blakemore’s lab, Lucy is working as a postdoctoral research associate on the MYRIAD project. This is a Wellcome Trust-funded project assessing the feasibility of teaching mindfulness in schools, and the ways in which mindfulness might promote mental health and resilience in adolescents.

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Kirsty Griffiths
Research Assistant MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit Cambridge

Kirsty completed her Master’s degree in Cognitive Neuroscience at UCL, choosing to focus her research on adolescent mental health. She previously worked in various fields of education, including working as a Clinical Intern for at-risk adolescents in London and as a Teaching Assistant in Beijing. Kirsty is now working as a research assistant on Theme 1 of the Wellcome Trust funded MYRIAD project.

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Jovita Leung
Research Assistant University College London

Jovita completed her master’s degree in Child and Adolescent Mental Health at UCL and has a particular interest in education and mental health. She previously worked in the Psychological Medicine Team at Great Ormond Street Hospital and at the Institute for Child Health, UCL. Currently, she is working as a research assistant on the MYRIAD project and other adolescent development projects with Professor Sarah-Jayne Blakemore.

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Ashok Sakhardande
Research Assistant University College London

Ashok completed a BSc in Psychology at UCL, choosing to focus on topics including neuroscience, education and learning and memory. During this time he also worked on a number of university outreach and education projects. He joined the Blakemore Lab as a Research Assistant in 2013 and is currently working on Theme 1 of the Wellcome Trust funded MYRIAD project.