Dr Lucy Foulkes

Profile

Biography

I joined the department as a Lecturer in Psychology in Education in January 2018. Previous to this, I was a postdoctoral researcher at UCL’s Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience (2015-2017). I worked in Prof Sarah-Jayne Blakemore’s Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience lab, which investigates social, cognitive and neural development in adolescence. In this role I worked on MYRIAD, a national trial investigating the impact of mindfulness training in secondary schools.

I completed my PhD at UCL’s Clinical, Educational and Health Psychology department (2011-2014). This was an MRC-funded PhD in Mental Health. In my PhD I focused on social reward and its associations with psychopathic personality traits. I was supervised by Profs Essi Viding and Eamon McCrory and based in the Developmental Risk and Resilience Unit.

Research

Overview

I study adolescence, the period of substantial social, psychological and physical change that begins at puberty and ends with adult independence.

I am interested in two aspects of adolescence. The first is the development of social cognition during this period of time, when relationships with peers become increasingly complex and play a crucial role in adolescents’ wellbeing. I am especially interested in social reward - the aspects of social interactions that are enjoyable. As part of this strand of research, I have developed the Social Reward Questionnaire (for adults) and the Social Reward Questionnaire - Adolescent.

Second, I am interested in adolescent mental health. The majority of mental illness begins during adolescence, and I am interested in understanding what can be done, especially in schools, that can protect against this risk. To this end I am involved with MYRIAD, a large multisite study assessing the impact of school mindfulness training on adolescents’ wellbeing and resilience; this project is led by collaborators at UCL, Oxford and the CBU in Cambridge.

Research group(s)

Available PhD research projects

View all of our current available PhD research projects.

null

Contact details

D/K/001
Department of Education
University of York
York
YO10 5DD

Tel: +44 (0)1904 323155

@lfoulkesy