Laura Havers

PhD student



Professor Angelica Ronald

Dr Emma Meaburn


Research interests

My PhD looks at the genetic and environmental influences on psychotic experiences and negative symptom traits (PENS) across the lifespan. I will use a range of genetic and phenotypic analytic methods to explore age-specific and cross-age effects, analysing both twin data and genotype data from unrelated individuals. The project will characterise negative symptoms in adolescence and in adulthood, it will explore how different manifestations of PENS relate to psychiatric disorders in adulthood, and it will investigate continuity and discontinuity in PENS at different life stages. I am supported by an ESRC funded 1+3 studentship with enhanced AQM funding



PhD Psychology and Genetics

Birkbeck, University of London



MSc Psychological Research Methods

Birkbeck, University of London



BSc Psychology

Birkbeck, University of London




Havers, L., Taylor, M. J., & Ronald, A. (2019). Genetic and environmental influences on the stability of psychotic experiences and negative symptoms in adolescence. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry60(7), 784–792.