Dr Keri Wong

Subject: Psychology

Department/institution: Psychology and Faculty of Education

Contact details: kkyw3@cam.ac.uk

Research interests:

Keri Wong is a developmental psychologist researching antisocial behaviour, schizophrenia-spectrum disorders, and the mental wellbeing of young people across cultures. She is currently the Betty Behrens Research Fellow (JRF) at Clare Hall, an affiliated lecturer and supervisor for undergraduate and Master’s students at the Cambridge Department of Psychology and the Faculty of Education.

She received her PhD in social and developmental psychology from the University of Cambridge, and completed her Master’s and Bachelor’s (Hons) in criminology and psychology respectively from the University of Pennsylvania. She was born in New Zealand and grew up in Hong Kong.

Dr Wong’s research seeks to understand how antisocial behaviour and early symptoms of schizophrenia – including paranoia and attenuated suspiciousness – exist in children and adolescents, and how these symptoms affect children’s mental wellbeing. More specifically, she has a keen interest in developing new tools to assess symptoms of paranoia to investigate the aetiology of schizophrenia, and to facilitate the development of early preventive assessments and interventions.

Her PhD was the first to document the prevalence, structure and mental health correlates of social mistrust in children aged eight to 14 from the UK and Hong Kong (n=2500). Dr Wong went on to develop the Social Mistrust Scale (SMS), the first child-appropriate dimensional measure of mistrust that is free to use by researchers. The SMS has since been administered to clinical/non-clinical youths in the UK and Hong Kong, and to twins in China.

Dr Wong leads the Clare Hall postdoc committee in organising college engagement events for postdocs and visiting fellows. These include a weekly Wednesday Postdoc Writing Group, a Personal Development Workshop (in Lent), and the 3 Slide Talks for postdocs to engage with the college community.

Select publications and awards


  • K K Wong, ‘Suspiciousness’, in V Zeigler-Hill and T Shackelford, eds., Encyclopedia of Personality and Individual Differences, (New York: Springer, 2017)
  • K K Wong; D Freeman; and C Hughes, ‘Suspicious Young Minds: Paranoia and Mistrust in 8- to 14-year-olds in the UK and Hong Kong, British Journal of Psychiatry, 205 (2014), 1-8
  • K K Wong and A Raine, ‘Schizotypal Personality Disorder’, in B J Carducci, S Mio and R E Riggio, vol. eds., The Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Personality and Individual Differences: Vol IV Clinical, Applied, and Cross-cultural Research (Hoboken: John Wiley & Sons, in press)


  • Grindley Research Travel Grant £1,000
  • Whitehead Fund Research Training Award £1,000 (2016/17)
  • Guarantors of Brain Research Travel Grant £600 (2016)
  • Cambridge Humanities Research Grants Scheme (2017/18 – pending)


Curriculum Vitae
Review - Developmental Aspects of Schizotypy and Suspiciousness