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    Dr Laura Katus

    University Position
    Research Associate


    My main research interest lies in understanding how the early environment shapes the developing brain. I am particularly interested in how early adversity, as is frequently experienced by children in low- and middle-income countries, affects their developmental outcomes. I am dedicated to expand our knowledge on what child development looks like in non-WEIRD (western, educated, industrialised, rich, democratic) settings across the world. My PhD in Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience at University College London examined infant neurodevelopment in context of poverty-related risk in a cohort in The Gambia. I then joined the Centre for Family Research as an ESRC postdoctoral fellow to work with Professor Claire Hughes. I am collaborating with several projects including the Evidence for Better Lives Study ( and the Brain Imaging for Global Health project ( and the Ready or Not project (

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