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 Jessica Hall

Jessica Hall

Research Associate, Division of Psychological Medicine and Clinical Neurosciences

School of Medicine

Email
hallj23@cardiff.ac.uk
Campuses
Hadyn Ellis Building, Maindy Road, Cardiff, CF24 4HQ

Overview

I am a Research Associate at the Medical Research Council Centre for Neuropsychiatric Genetics and Genomics, working on a project in collaboration with the Genes to Mental Health Network, called: "Dissecting the effects of genomic variants on neurobehavioral dimensions in CNVs enriched for neuropsychiatric disorders". 

Biography

I am a Research Associate at the Medical Research Council Centre for Neuropsychiatric Genetics and Genomics, working on a project in collaboration with the Genes to Mental Health Network, called: "Dissecting the effects of genomic variants on neurobehavioral dimensions in CNVs enriched for neuropsychiatric disorders". 

My previous roles prior to my postdoctoral position, include working as a research and training officer, on a novel trauma resilience programme at Gwent Police, as well as working as an assistant psychologist for the National Centre for Mental Health. 

Education and Qualifiations

2017 - PhD, Behavioural Neurosciences, Cardiff University 

2013 - Postgraduate Diploma in Psychology, Cardiff University 

2012 - BSc (Hons) Neuroscience, Cardiff University

Other relevant qualifications 

2019 - Level 2, Counselling skills, Cardiff and Vale College 

2016 - Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (AFHEA)

Honours and awards

  • SSBP Conference - Genetics Society Short Talk Prize (2016)
  • Bioscience Poster Prize - Cardiff University Postgraduate Day (2014) 
  • NMHRI Travel grant (2015)
  • T21RS Early Career Researcher Travel Prize (2015)
  • Prize for Early Promise, PhD Prize - Cardiff University School of Psychology (2014)
  • Santander Postgraduate Scholarship (2012)

Professional memberships

Academic positions

2019 - Present - Research Associate, Genes to Mental Health Consortium

Publications

2019

2016

Teaching

I have previously been a postgraduate tutor in the school of Psychology, and have supervised final year project students. I currently supervise summer placement projects and students on their professional placement year. I am an associate fellow of the higher education academy (AFHEA).  

My research interests lie in learning and memory processes, and the phenotypic presentation of psychopathology in neurodevelopmental and neurodegenerative conditions. I am currently working with the rare CNV team, investigating a class of rare genomic variants known as copy number variants (CNVs). I work on a project in collaboration with the Genes to Mental Health Network, which aims to dissect the effects of genomic variants on the developmental, behavioural, cognitive, and mental health manifestations in CNVs. My focus is on 22q11.2 deletion and duplication, and 16p11.2 deletion and duplication. The neuropsychiatric features of these syndromes is highly variable, and by focusing on additional genetic and environmental factors, as well as the main effect of the major CNV hit, we aim to increase our understanding of the mechanisms involved in psychopathology in these individuals.

Research Group