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About Us

Dr Jennifer Allen, Director of the SHINE research lab, is a Reader and Clinical Psychologist specialising in child and adolescent mental health.


The SHINE research lab is dedicated to understanding the role of ecological processes in shaping risk pathways to child psychopathology, and the translation of models of risk and resilience into school and family-based interventions.

We believe that a better understanding of the interplay between child temperament and the environment in the development of child psychopathology is crucial for the development of high quality interventions aimed at improving child mental health. Our work is also designed to inform practitioners how to best support adults who children most rely on for their social and emotional well-being: their parents and teachers.

Research at SHINE falls broadly into two main streams:


Please follow the links above to learn more about our research.

Research Themes

Our director, Jennifer Allen, is available to supervise the following themes:

  • CU traits and antisocial behaviour in the school context 

  • ​CU traits, antisocial behaviour, stress and pubertal timing

  • Conditions comorbid with CU traits such as autism or ADHD

  • CU traits, antisocial behaviour, and physical health

  • Comparisons of CU traits in different cultural groups

  • ​​ADHD: BMI, gender and physical activity

  • Family or school-based intervention (focused on promoting positive interactions and relationships)


More Information:

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