Alicia Peel
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Research interests

I am interested in investigating the mechanisms that underlie retrospectively self-reported responses to environmental experiences, both positive and negative. Using the twin design and molecular genetic approaches, this work aims to identify genetic influences on self-reported experiences, including major life events and outcomes following psychological treatment. This can help us to understand what is captured by self-report measures, what traits influence the experience of these events, and may eventually help better predict who may benefit most from positive interventions, such as psychological therapies.

I am also interested in differences in the presentation and outcomes of psychiatric disorders associated with self-reported traumatic life events. I am involved in several projects using network analysis to explore whether symptom interactions are different in those who report traumas, compared to those who do not. Using polygenic scores, I aim to investigate the mechanisms underlying the associations between self-reported trauma and poor outcomes, and the extent to which they are influenced by gene-environment correlation.

Research project

Understanding self-reported experiences: Genetic influences and clinical outcomes

Projects

The GLAD Study: Genetic Links to Anxiety and Depression

Twins Early Development Study (TEDS)

Contact details

Email: alicia.peel@kcl.ac.uk

Twitter: @aliciajpeel

EDIT Lab blog

Postal address:
C3.16
SGDP Research Centre
Institute of Psychiatry
London
United Kingdom

Biographical details

  • 1+3 PhD Studentship, Social Genetic and Developmental Psychiatry, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King’s College London (2019 - 2022)
  • MSc Genes, Environment and Development in Psychology & Psychiatry (Distinction), Kings College London (2018 - 2019)
  • Undergraduate Placement, Research Assistant, NIHR BRC BioResource, King’s College London (2016 - 2017)
  • BSc Psychology (First Class with Honours), University of Bath (2014 - 2018)

Awards/Prizes

  • 2018/19 Best Achievement in the MSc Genes, Environment & Development (King's College London)
  • ESRC funded LISS DTP Collaborative (CASE) 1+3 PhD Studentship, Social Genetic and Developmental Psychiatry, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King’s College London 

Research interests (short)

I am interested in investigating the mechanisms that underlie self-reported responses to environmental experiences, both positive and negative. Using the twin design and molecular genetic approaches, this work aims to identify genetic influences on self-reported experiences, including major life events and outcomes following psychological treatment. I am also interested in differences in the presentation and outcomes of psychiatric disorders associated with self-reported traumatic life events, and the mechanisms that underly these associations. 

Research project

Understanding self-reported experiences: Genetic influences and clinical outcomes

Projects

The GLAD Study: Genetic Links to Anxiety and Depression

Twins Early Development Study (TEDS)

 

Contact details

Email: alicia.peel@kcl.ac.uk

Twitter: @aliciajpeel

EDIT Lab blog

Postal address:
C3.16
SGDP Research Centre
Institute of Psychiatry
London
United Kingdom

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

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