Expertise: Developmental Psychology, Individual Differences, Genetics, Resilience, Positive Development
Biography:Michael Pluess, PhD, is a chartered psychologist and senior lecturer in developmental psychology at the Department of Biological and Experimental Psychology at the School of Biological and Chemical Sciences, Queen Mary University of London. He is also a visiting fellow at the London School of Economics (LSE). Initially trained in chemistry and music he spent several years working in the lab and on stage before pursuing his interests in psychology. Michael spends most of his day researching how environmental experiences shape the course of psychological development across the life course. More specifically, Dr. Pluess investigates individual differences in the capacity for such developmental plasticity as a function of different individual characteristics—including genetic and personality traits—a notion brought forward in the differential susceptibility and vantage sensitivity frameworks. Dr. Pluess is also interested in the concept of positive development in contrast to developmental psychopathology. This includes the design and empirical evaluation of intervention programmes aimed at fostering positive development and the investigation of genetic and psychological moderation of such intervention effects. Dr Pluess’ research has been published in the leading journals of the field.
- B.Sc. in Psychology at University of Basel, Switzerland
- M.Sc. in Clinical Psychology at University of Basel, Switzerland
- Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology at University of Basel, Switzerland