Methods: A cohort of 220 adolescents between the ages of 11-14 will be recruited into this study. Each participant will complete three study visits, each one year apart, at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King's College London, London (UK). At each study visit, they will be assessed with structural and functional MRI scans, biological sample collection as well as questionnaires and interviews to collect demographic information, assess experiences of adversity, and details of psychopathology. The study will also collect information about factors such as diet and nutrition, physical exercise, and cognition.
Ethics and dissemination: Ethical approval for this study has been received by King's College London Research Ethics Committee (REC reference: HR-18/19-9033). Findings from the study will be published in peer-reviewed journals and disseminated at national and international conferences. Patient and public involvement (PPI) is an important component of the study, 'Study Champions' recruited from participants, their parents and teachers at collaborating schools have been invited to take an active role in study governance and dissemination.