Sam Wass Ph.D.

Sam Wass, Ph.D., gained a first-class undergraduate degree in Experimental Psychology at Oxford University, followed by a Ph.D. at the Centre for Brain Cognitive Development in London, a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Medical Research Council Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit at Cambridge, and is currently an ESRC Future Research Leaders Fellow at the University of East London, UK.

His research examines how the home environment affects concentration and mental health in young children growing up in diverse urban backgrounds in East London. He also collaborates on projects around the world, studying children and parents with Attention Deficit Disorder, autism spectrum disorders, anxiety, depression, and Rett Syndrome. His research has been funded by the Medical Research Council, the Economic and Social Research Council, the National Institute of Health Research, the British Academy, the Leverhulme Trust, the Nuffield Foundation, and others.  

In addition, Wass features as an on-screen scientist in the multi-award-winning Channel 4 series The Secret Life of 4-, 5- and 6-Year-Olds. This series has consistently reached audiences of up to 3 million viewers. He also regularly contributes as an expert commentator on TV, radio and for newspapers.

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Smarter but More Stressed

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