Steph Suddell

Steph joined the Gillan Lab in September 2021 as a Postdoctoral Research Associate, where she is predominantly working on a project entitled “Making and Breaking a Habit”. This research aims to uncover how habits are formed, how they can be replaced (or “broken”), and how they relate to our mental health. Understanding habit formation has important implications for a wide range of positive and negative health behaviours, such as diet and exercise, obsessive-compulsive behaviours, and substance use.  Prior to starting at Trinity College, Steph completed a BSc in Psychology at the University of Southampton and an MSc in Cognitive Neuroscience at UCL. Her PhD research was conducted at the University of Bristol, under the supervision of Profs Ian Penton-Voak and Marcus Munafò. This focussed on the role of emotional processing biases in anxiety and depression. Her wider research interests include social cognition, autism spectrum conditions, cognitive functioning, mental health, and intervention development.