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Kirstie Whitaker

  • PhD
  • Research Associate
  • University of Cambridge Department of Psychiatry
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Bio: I am a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Cambridge working in the Neuroanalytics laboratory in the Department of Psychiatry under the supervision of Prof John Suckling. I was awarded a PhD from the Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute at the University of California, Berkeley in 2012. I completed my thesis in the Building Blocks of Cognition laboratory under the supervision of Prof Silvia Bunge. Research goals: I aim to integrate multiple neuroimaging techniques of brain development throughout the lifespan and predict individual differences in cognition, susceptibility to mental health problems, and response to interventions. I am particularly interested in child and adolescent development and the effects that experiences during these formative years have on adult behaviours. Open Science Objectives: I share many of my peer's frustrations with the lack of accountability in neuroimaging publications and seek to ensure that all analyses are reproducable by others. My code is available on GitHub (search for HappyPenguin) and I'm proud to work on a Wellcome Trust funded project that will ensure our data is publically available for the benefit of others.

Recent publications

  • Adolescent tuning of association cortex in human structural brain networks

    • Váša F
    • Seidlitz J
    • Romero-Garcia R
    • et al.
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  • Cohort profile: The NSPN 2400 Cohort: A developmental sample supporting the Wellcome Trust Neuro Science in Psychiatry Network

    • Kiddle B
    • Inkster B
    • Prabhu G
    • et al.
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Professional experience

Research Associate

Department of Psychiatry, University of Cambridge

October 2012 - Present



Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute

August 2007 - August 2012(5 years)


University of British Columbia, Department of Physics

August 2004 - July 2007(3 years)


University of Bristol, Department of Physics

September 2001 - May 2004(3 years)