Bonnie Auyeung


  • Psychology
  • School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences

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Room S30, Psychology Building

7 George Square, Edinburgh
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Bonnie Auyeung is Reader and Chancellor’s Fellow at the University of Edinburgh where her work is focused around two central themes: 1) the role of prenatal factors on child development and 2) interventions to alleviate the symptoms of developmental difficulties. Prior to her current role, Bonnie worked at the Autism Research Centre at the University of Cambridge where she remains Director of Psychoneuroendocrinology. Before joining Cambridge, Bonnie was a graduate researcher at the University of California (Los Angeles). Her research took place through the Early Childhood Partial Hospitalization Program at the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute and focused on development of attention measures for young children.

Bonnie is also the School Knowledge Exchange and Impact Director.

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Undergraduate teaching

Teaching: Year 2 Developmental Psychology   

Student consulation by appointment

Postgraduate teaching

MSc Developmental Science

Areas of interest for supervision

I accept applications from potential PhD students. I also co-supervise students with Dr Nicolas Chevalier, Dr Jasmin Wertz and Dr Aja Murray.

Current PhD students supervised

Research summary

Early child development (social and cognitive development), COVID-19 effects on pregnancy and child development, Developmental Disorders, Autism, ADHD, Epilepsy, neural development, sex differences, early deprivation, prenatal development, adolescent development

Research activities

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Current project grants

2022-2027 UK Economic and Social Research Council (PI). The COVID-19 Health Impact on Long-term Child Development in Scotland (CHILDS) study.
2020 Data Driven Innovation Initiative (PI). Born in a pandemic: a linked administrative data study of children born during the COVID-19 outbreak in 2020.
2019-2023 Marie Curie Innovative Training Network (UoE PI). Neo-PRISM-C (NEurodevelopmental Optimal-Predictors, Risk factors, and Intervention from a Systems approach to Maladjustment in Children).
2019-2024 Baily Thomas Charitable Fund (PI). Understanding the effects of prenatal maternal infections on developmental outcomes, autism spectrum disorder and learning disabilities.

Past project grants

2017-2019 Research Council of Norway Programme for Environmental Research for a Green Transition (Collaborator). Prenatal exposure to toxicants and childhood neurodevelopmental disorders and cognitive functions (NeuroTox).
2016-2019 Economic & Social Research Council Open Research Area award (Co-Applicant). Supporting cognitive and academic development in children at risk: Metacognitive executive function training in children from low socioeconomic backgrounds.
2015–2016 Child Brain Research Seed Corn funding (Co-Applicant). The structural basis of cognitive impairment associated with early onset childhood epilepsy.
2015–2016 University of Edinburgh Academic Networking Fund (Co-Applicant). Building Bridges Between University of Edinburgh Schools.
2014–2017 Autism Research Trust (Co-Applicant). Investigations of the neurobiology of autism: Genetics, brain and hormones.
2010–2013 Wellcome Trust Project Grant (Co-Applicant). Fetal testosterone effects on brain development.

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