Jennifer is Reader in Developmental Psychopathology at King’s College London, United Kingdom, where she directs the Researching Emotional Disorders and Development (REDD) lab. Her research group focuses on understanding the mechanisms by which anxiety and depression develop in children and adolescents and translating these to inform early intervention innovation. She completed her PhD in 2005 at the Institute of Psychiatry in London, before taking up a brief postdoctoral fellowship at the National Institute of Mental Health in Bethesda, Maryland. After spending 6 years at the University of Oxford, she moved back to King’s College London.
Jennifer Lau and Meenakshi Shukla explore a recent meta-analysis which finds that worldwide, 1 in 5 children aged 1-7 years old will experience a mental health condition.[read the full story...]
Jennifer Lau summarises a recent systematic review relating to her own Wellcome Trust funded research into promoting helpful attention and interpretation patterns to reduce anxiety and depression in young people.[read the full story...]
Disruptive behaviour problems (DPB) such as conduct problems or being oppositional and defiant affect a large proportion of young children. Many of these early behavioural problems predict negative outcomes such as underachieving at schools, future unemployment and criminal behaviour. Treatment of DPBs often begins during the school years once the condition is well-established, and when [read the full story…]
Disruptive behaviour problems (DPB) such as conduct problems or being oppositional and defiant affect a large proportion of young children. For example, one in eleven pre-schoolers may show these behaviours to a degree that would warrant a formal diagnosis of disruptive behaviour disorder. Because these early ‘externalising’ behavioural problems are stable across time, and eventually [read the full story…]