Megan Skelton
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Education and Employment History

· NIHR BRC Maudsley PhD studentship, Social Genetic and Developmental Psychiatry, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King’s College London (2018 - 2021)
· Graduate Teaching Assistant for Statistics and Research Methods modules across several MSc programmes at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King's College London (2019 - present)
· MSc Genes, Environment and Development in Psychology and Psychiatry (Distinction), Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King’s College London (2017-2018)
· Research Assistant, School of Psychology, University of Leeds (2014 - 2015; 2016 - 2017)
· Research Assistant, School of Education, University of Leeds (2015)
· BSc Psychology (First Class with Honours), University of Leeds (2011 - 2014)


· NIHR Maudsley BRC funded 1+3 PhD at the Social, Genetic Developmental & Psychiatry Centre, King's College London (2017-2021)
· British Psychological Society Award for Undergraduate Psychology, University of Leeds (2014)
· Wellcome Trust Biomedical Vacation Scholarship (2013)


Research interests (short)

I am currently in the final year of my PhD, in which I am investigating how genetic, clinical and sociodemographic factors predict outcomes following psychological therapies for adult depression and anxiety disorders. I am particularly interested in the interplay between psychiatric symptoms and social/occupational functioning. I employ a range of analytical methods, including statistical genetic techniques such as genome-wide association and polygenic risk scores, and structural equation modelling for phenotypic data. I am currently working on several projects, each using a different dataset: the UK Biobank population cohort, the Genetic Links to Anxiety and Depression (GLAD) Study, and patient data from the NHS “Improving Access to Psychological Therapies” (IAPT) programme.

Research Projects

Genetic Links to Anxiety and Depression (GLAD) Study 


Contact Details


Twitter: MegSkelton1

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SGDP Centre,
Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience
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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 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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