Imperial College London


Faculty of MedicineSchool of Public Health

Research Associate



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I am a postdoctoral Research Associate at the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. I completed my PhD in Public Health at Imperial College London. My academic background is in Psychology and Philosophy (BA, University of Oxford) and Developmental Psychopathology (MSc, Durham University), and I have also worked in community mental health support. 

My research focuses on the role of the physical environment in young people's mental health, including factors like air pollution, noise, temperature, climate change, local environmental quality, and the COVID-19 lockdowns. 

I am carrying out an NIHR School for Public Health Research (SPHR) post-doctoral launching fellowship in Public Health Research at Imperial until 2025. Here I will be investigating the impact of climate, climate change, and environmental action on young people's mental health. 



Shen C, Smith RB, Heller J, et al., 2024, Depression and Anxiety in Adolescents During the COVID-19 Pandemic in Relation to the Use of Digital Technologies: Longitudinal Cohort Study., J Med Internet Res, Vol:26

Lawrance E, Thompson R, Roberts L, et al., 2023, Ambient temperature and mental health: a systematic review and meta analysis, The Lancet Planetary Health, Vol:7, ISSN:2542-5196, Pages:e580-e589

Thompson R, Smith RB, Bou Karim Y, et al., 2023, Air pollution and human cognition: a systematic review and meta-analysis, Science of the Total Environment, Vol:859, ISSN:0048-9697

Vu TV, Stewart GB, Kitwiroon N, et al., 2022, Assessing the contributions of outdoor and indoor sources to air quality in London homes of the SCAMP cohort, Building and Environment, Vol:222, ISSN:0360-1323, Pages:1-8

Lawrance E, Jennings N, Kioupi V, et al., 2022, Young person's psychological responses, mental health, and sense of agency for the dual challenges of climate change and a global pandemic in the UK: an online survey study, The Lancet Planetary Health, ISSN:2542-5196

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