2014 ISIR Prize for Best Student Presentation

Kaili  Rimfield

Biosketch: Kaili gained her BSc in Psychology and MSc in Developmental Psychology from Birkbeck College, University of London. In 2013, she received a MRC studentship and began her PhD at the Social, Genetic and Developmental Psychiatry Centre, King’s College London. She is currently working under the supervision of Professor Robert Plomin and Professor Yulia Kovas, using the Twin Early Development Study (TEDS) sample. The primary aim of her research is to explore the role of gene-environment interplay in educational achievement. She is also interested in early predictors of educational achievement, as well as associated life outcomes, such as quality of life and health outcomes. Kaili is particularly excited that with TEDS, one can study educational achievement and related factors from early childhood to emerging adulthood using behavioral genetic methodology.

Representative Publications:

Krapohl, E*., Rimfeld, K.*, Shakeshaft, N. G., Trzaskowski, M., McMillan, A., Pingault, J. B., … & Plomin, R. (2014). The high heritability of educational achievement reflects many genetically influenced traits, not just intelligence. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 111(42), 15273-15278