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Society award for contribution to adolescent cognitive neuroscience

29 March 2017

A researcher into the effect of puberty on the human brain has won the British Psychological Society’s Award for Outstanding Doctoral Research Contributions to Psychology.

Dr Anne-Lise Goddings studied for her doctorate at the UCL Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience and UCL Institute of Child Health. She used a wide variety of methods to test the widely held theory that pubertal maturation influences the timing and trajectory.

She has been described as an exceptional and dedicated researcher who has made a highly significant contribution to adolescent cognitive neuroscience through her PhD work.

That work has already led to seven papers in high-impact journals and a book chapter, and she has presented her work at several international meetings.

Among those papers are ones in Developmental Science and Neuroimage that were submitted in support of her nomination for this award.

Dr Goddings said: 

“It is a real honour to receive this prestigious award. I am extremely grateful to both my PhD supervisors, Professor Sarah-Jayne Blakemore and Professor Russell Viner, for their inspirational support and training, and to all my collaborators and fellow researchers. 

I look forward to continuing my research in my new NIHR Clinical Lecturer role at the UCL Institute of Child Health, investigating how chronic disease impacts on the developing adolescent brain.”

Professor Peter Kinderman, President of the Society, said:

“How we develop as human beings - how our brains develop during puberty - is an endlessly fascinating subject. Dr Goddings’ research into the ways in which both age and hormones affect the brain during adolescence is an important part of our continuous struggle to piece together the mysteries of the human brain. Her success, as a doctoral student, is impressive, and suggests that Dr Goddings, her future employers and colleagues, have a bright future ahead of them."

This award is made each year to recognise outstanding contributions to psychological knowledge made by postgraduate research students while carrying out research for their doctoral degrees in psychology.

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