Charlotte Cecil

After graduating from ISF in 2004, I moved to the UK and completed my BSc in Psychology at Royal Holloway, then an MSc in Forensic Psychology at Surrey University, and finally a PhD in Psychology at University College London. I am currently a research scientist working at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King’s College London. My work aims to understand how early experiences get ‘under the skin’ and shape children’s biology in a way that influences their long term health and development.

· What years did you attend ISF?
I attended ISF from 2000-2004.

· What university did you attend? And your Major?
After graduating from ISF, I moved to the UK and completed my BSc in Psychology at Royal Holloway, then an MSc in Forensic Psychology at Surrey University, and finally a PhD in Psychology at University College London.

· What is your nationality?
I am French and American.

· Where do you live now?
I live in London.

· What do you do for a living now?
I am a research scientist working at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King’s College London.  My work aims to understand how early experiences get ‘under the skin’ and shape children’s biology in a way that influences their long term health and development.

· How did ISF impact your life?
The ISF was an incredibly supportive and enriching environment, both intellectually and emotionally. It laid a solid foundation for university life and beyond. It is also a place where I developed very close friendships, many of which are still going strong today, and where I met my partner Nicolas, with whom I have been together for more than a decade!

· Who was your favorite teacher? Why?
I couldn’t possibly choose one – I have fond memories of many different teachers. In particular, Mr. Pitonzo contributed greatly to my love of writing, thanks to his enthusiastic teaching style and spirited personality, while my deep interest in science can be traced largely to Ms. Spencer’s very entertaining and informative lessons in biology

· Describe ISF in one word.
Transformative.

· What is your greatest accomplishment?
I am very proud to be at the forefront of a new field of research, contributing to new knowledge, and surrounded by incredibly intelligent and stimulating colleagues. I feel very lucky to be able to work on something that I am genuinely interested in and enjoy doing. I do hope though that my greatest accomplishments are still ahead of me!