In Conversation… Prof Angelica Ronald

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Professor Angelica Ronald joint editor of JCPP and director of the Genes Environment Lifespan Laboratory (GEL) at Birkbeck University of London talks about her work in the latest of our ‘In Conversation…’ podcast series.

In a wide-ranging interview Angelica discusses areas of her research including infant traits that predict later childhood behaviour, psychotic like experiences in adolescents, autism and co-occurring conditions, plus some exciting new developments in the areas of research methods.

You can listen to this podcast directly on our website or on the following platforms; SoundCloudiTunesSpotifyCastBox, DeezerGoogle Podcasts and (not available in the EU).

Prof Angelica Ronald

Professor Angelica Ronald is a Professor of Psychology and Genetics and Director of the Genes Environment Lifespan (GEL) laboratory within the Centre for Brain and Cognitive Development in the Department of Psychological Sciences at Birkbeck, University of London, UK.

Angelica’s research interests include: quantitative genetics; molecular genetics; child and adolescent psychopathology; autistic spectrum disorders; attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD); psychosis; co-occurrence of psychopathology; and genetic and environmental risk factors across development.



This conversation has given me more knowledge on Autism behaviour and ADHD. So impressed with the teaches on Psychotic experience and it causes.


It is really heartening to hear about all the different strands of research and how complex we all are. I remember the autism traits in 11000 primary school children in Cambridgeshire study being published and it gave me confidence identifying autism spectrum disorder in more children and explaining the syndrome to parents. I also noticed clinically the co-occurrence of ADHD and ASD in families and the same children and how our crude screening questionnaires seem to point to one syndrome or the other, rather than to degrees of expression of both. The study of saccadic movements of infant eyes is an indicator of the likelihood that more objective measurements of Attention difficulties are real and probably better than subjective assessments alone.


Good listen – very relevant to current clinical practice dealing with young people who present with multifaceted problems. Sound like JCPP is in good hands.


Nicely explained informatively. Keep up the mission.

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