Since 2014, I have been a member of the research team for the New Fathers and Mothers Study (New FAMS). More recently, I have become involved on the Baby Talk Study, which is an extension of the New FAMS. Prior to these positions, I studied for an MPhil and subsequently a PhD in social and developmental psychology, both at Cambridge. My PhD research project, which was supervised by Professor Melissa Hines, involved investigating the influence of an early post-natal testosterone peak on infants’ later behaviours, such as those which show sex differences. Before coming to study at Cambridge, I received a first-class honours degree in psychology (BSc) from the University of Warwick in 2009. During this undergraduate degree, I developed a particular interest in the area of disorders of sex development (DSDs) and the influence of hormones on behaviour. Soon after graduating from the University of Warwick, I began working as a research assistant on a research study with Dr Vickie Pasterski at Addenbrooke’s Hospital. This study examined the prevalence and severity of symptoms of post-traumatic stress, in addition to emotional and cognitive reactions, in parents of children diagnosed with a DSD.
Hines, M., Spencer, D., Kung, K. T., Browne, W. V., Constantinescu, M., & Noorderhaven, R. M. (2016). The early postnatal period, mini-puberty, provides a window on the role of testosterone in human neurobehavioural development. Current opinion in neurobiology, 38, 69-73.
Kung, K. T., Browne, W. V., Constantinescu, M., Noorderhaven, R. M., & Hines, M. (2016). Early postnatal testosterone predicts sex-related differences in early expressive vocabulary. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 68, 111-116.
Kung, K. T., Constantinescu, M., Browne, W. V., Noorderhaven, R. M., & Hines, M. (2016). No relationship between early postnatal testosterone concentrations and autistic traits in 18 to 30-month-old children. Molecular autism, 7(1), 1.
Browne, W. V., Hindmarsh, P. C., Pasterski, V., Hughes, I. A., Acerini, C. L., Spencer, D., Nufeld, S., & Hines, M. (2015). Working memory performance is reduced in children with congenital adrenal hyperplasia. Hormones and Behavior, 67, 83-88.