About the speaker
Jean-Baptiste Pingault is a Lecturer at the Department of Clinical, Educational and Health Psychology (CEPH), University College London (UCL), as well as a visiting researcher at the Social, Genetic, and Developmental Psychiatry centre, King’s College London (KCL).
About the presentation
Mental health is responsible for a substantial part of the burden of disease – up to 32% of years lived with disability. Mental health research – especially in young people – remains a high need-low investment area (Medical Research Foundation). Within the field of mental health research “We need to understand causes to better inform prevention” as highlighted in a British Medical Journal's editorial (2018) on young people's mental health. Accordingly, my research focuses on identifying causal risk factors for children's and adolescents' mental health. Recently, I published a Nature Review Genetics article on genetically informed methods for causal inference, arguing that genetics can help us to strengthen causal inference. I will present some of our published and current empirical research implementing such methods. In particular, I will present findings from the twin differences design and from polygenic score approaches to clarify the aetiology of a range of outcomes including ADHD symptoms, substance use, and bullying victimization.