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Professor Angelica Ronald conducts scientific research at the Centre for Brain and Cognitive Development within the Department of Psychological Sciences at Birkbeck, where she is the director of the Genes Environment Lifespan (GEL) laboratory. She also holds a visiting Senior Lecturer post at the Institute of Psychiatry in London.

Professor Ronald studied experimental psychology at Oxford University before carrying out her PhD in Quantitative Genetics at the Social Genetic and Developmental Psychiatry (SGDP) Centre at the Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London. Her postdoctoral training was funded by Autism Speaks and involved further quantitative genetic and molecular genetic training at the Institute of Psychiatry.

Professor Ronald has received many awards for her research, including the Janet Taylor Spence award from the Association for Psychological Science in 2014 and the British Psychological Society 2012 Spearman Medal. She was named a Rising Star by the Association for Psychological Science in 2011. She has also been awarded the International Society for Autism Research Young Investigator Award and the Behavior Genetics Association Thomson award.


Professor Ronald's research is funded by the following: Autism Speaks, the Bloomsbury Colleges consortium, the British Academy, Birkbeck's Faculty of Science, the Economic and Social Research Council, the Medical Research Council and the Royal Society.Awards

Research interests

Autistic spectrum disorders, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, twin and family studies, genome-wide association studies, genetic influences on development, psychosis.

Research collaborations

Professor Ronald collaborates on the following projects: