King’s College London
The Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience
Taking a stand against bullying: the societal and individual costs of being bullied in childhoodCurriculum Vitae
Louise Arseneault’s research focuses on the study of harmful behaviours such as violence, their developmental origins, their inter-connections with mental health, and their consequences for victims. She is taking a developmental approach to investigate how the consequences of violence begin in childhood and persist to mild-life, by studying bullying victimisation and child maltreatment. She also studies social relationships, including the role of social support and loneliness for the emergence and development of mental health problems. Her research aims are to answer questions relevant to psychology and psychiatry by harnessing and combining 3 different research approaches: developmental research, epidemiological methods and genetically-sensitive designs. Her work incorporates social as well as biological measurements.
She has been working with well-known longitudinal cohorts such as the Montreal Longitudinal Cohorts, the Dunedin Multidisciplinary Health and Development Study and the Environmental Risk (E-Risk) Longitudinal Twin Study, a nationally-representative sample of families with twins in England and Wales. She has also been exploring another important nationally-representative cohort, the National Child Development Survey (NCDS), with a Mid-Career Fellowship Award from the British Academy. She has been appointed the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Mental Health Leadership Fellow in 2016 and has been elected Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences in 2018.