Dr Alex Kwong (BA (Hons), MSc, PhD)

Research Fellow


Dr Alex Kwong is a Research Fellow at the Division of Psychiatry, Centre for Clinical Brain Sciences.

Dr Kwong completed his PhD in Advanced Quantitative Methods at the University of Bristol in 2019. He joined Psychiatry as a Research Fellow shortly after, working under Professor Andrew McIntosh. Dr Kwong was awarded an ESRC Postdoctoral Fellowship in 2020 examining bio-psycho-social mechanisms underpinning adolescent depression & awarded a Wellcome Mental Health Data Prize to develop a digital tool for examining trajectories of mental health across development. 


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PhD in Advanced Quantitative Methods - University of Bristol (2019)

MSc by Research - University of Bristol (2015)

BA (Hons) - University of Reading (2013)

Open to PhD supervision enquiries?


Areas of interest for supervision

I would be happy to supervise any students looking at the causes and consequences of adolescent mental health or risk factors for poorer mental health in the general population.

Current PhD students supervised

Melissa Lewins (PhD - UoE)

Holly Fraser (PhD - UoB)

Reesha Zahir (PhD - UoE)

Poppy Grimes (PhD - UoE)

Boyang Yu (MSc by Research - UoE)

Past PhD students supervised

Melisa Chuong (PhD - UoE)

Niamh MacSweeney (PhD - UoE)

Research summary

Dr Kwong is interested in the genetic and environmental risk factors that underlie depression and how it changes across development and what this means for downstream wellbeing. He uses a number of methods including: growth curve models, structural equation modelling, genetic/omic and longitudinal analysis.

Dr Kwong is also involved in work related to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on mental health. 

Current research interests

Genetic and environmental risk factors for depression. Risk factors for change in adolescent depression. Intergenerational transmission of depression. Consequences of mental health.

Current project grants

Wellcome Mental Health Data Prize (2022-)
Elizabeth Blackwell Institute next Steps Mental Health Grant (2022-2023)

Past project grants

ESRC Postdoctoral Fellowship (2020-2021)
Elizabeth Blackwell Institute and RoseTrees Trust Mental Health Grant (2020-2021)