Dr Elaine Gray

Postdoctoral Research Fellow


I joined the University of Edinburgh in February 2018 as a Postdoctoral Researcher in Clinical Psychology. I work with Dr Stella Chan (Clinical Psychology) and Dr Heather Whalley (Division of Psychiatry) from the Emotional Vulnerability in Adolescence research team (EVA, https://www.eva-edinburgh.com).

I currently work on a Wellcome Trust funded project which aims to identify factors that will help us understand why some young people experience low mood more often than others (https://www.eva-edinburgh.com/vulnerabilty-mechanisms). I have also recently started work on an ESRC funded COVID-19 project, based on Project Soothe (https://www.eva-edinburgh.com/project-soothe), which is directed at helping young people cope during the COVID-19 crisis.

I completed my PhD at the University of Cambridge (Darwin College) in 2018 under the supervision of Dr Sara Baker. My PhD was funded by the LEGO Foundation and I was a member of the Centre for Research on Play in Education, Development and Learning (PEDAL, https://www.educ.cam.ac.uk/centres/pedal). My work examined the role of executive function, metacognition, and support type in pre-schoolers’ ability to solve physics tasks. Prior to this, I worked as a research assistant at the Oxford Study of Children's Communication Impairments lab (OSCCI, https://www.psy.ox.ac.uk/research/oxford-study-of-children-s-communication-impairments) with Prof Dorothy Bishop at the University of Oxford. I worked on a project examining whether there is a genetic basis for language difficulties and the language phenotypes of children with a sex chromosome trisomy. Before moving to Oxford I worked as a research assistant at the University of Dundee with Dr Lynne Duncan examining children's reading development and with Dr Emese Nagy examining neonates' imitative gestures. I completed the MSc in Psychological Research Methods (obtaining a Distinction) and the MA in Psychology (obtaining a First) at the University of Dundee.