Frances Rice

(Cardiff University, UK)


"The development of adolescent depression: A longitudinal genetically informed approach"

Frances Rice is Professor of Developmental Psychopathology at Cardiff University and Co-Director of the Wolfson Centre for Young People’s Mental Health.

Frances studied Experimental Psychology at Oxford University and then completed a PhD in the genetic epidemiology of childhood depression at Cardiff University. She became lecturer in Developmental Psychology at University College London in 2008. She returned to Cardiff University in 2015 to work as a principal investigator at the MRC Centre for Neuropsychiatric Genetics and Genomics, where she continues to carry out research on the aetiology of youth depression. 

Her research involves studying development across the lifespan and aims to identify causal risk and protective factors that can be targeted as part of psychological and public health interventions. It involves a range of approaches including longitudinal prospective studies and genetic epidemiology to test if environmental risk exposures have causal effects on mental health. She is also interested in the links between school and young people’s mental health.

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