Sophie von Stumm – director

Sophie is Professor of Psychology in Education at the University of York. She previously worked at the University of Chichester University of Edinburgh and Goldsmiths University of London , where she also completed her PhD in 2010.

Sophie studies the causes and consequences of individual differences in psychological and behavioural development across the life course. She takes an inter-disciplinary approach to observing behaviour and environments, primarily through the application of new assessment technologies that enable collecting big, high-quality data. Sophie focuses her studies in particular on three areas: (1) the effects of early life environments on children’s language development; (2) the role of personality traits like curiosity and imagination for learning; and (3) the relationship between genome-wide polygenic scores and educational attainment.

Sophie’s work has been funded by the British AcademyWellcome Trust, and the John Templeton Foundation. She has published more than 50 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters, and she has developed two research smartphone apps. Sophie won the APS Rising Star Award in 2015 and the ISSID Early Career Award in 2013. She is recipient of a Jacobs Foundation Fellowship 2017-2019.