Our Team

Meet the Vax-PaC Team

Dr. Keri Wong

University College London, Principal Investigator

Keri is an Assistant Professor at the University College London, Chartered Psychologist (CPsychol), Associate Fellow (AFBPsS) of the British Psychological Society and Fellow of Higher Education Academy (FHEA). Prior to UCL, she was the former Betty Behrens Research Fellow at the University of Cambridge (Clare Hall) and received her PhD in Psychology from the University of Cambridge, and both her BA (Hons.) in Psychology and MA in Criminology from the University of Pennsylvania. She is passionate in understanding how children develop trust in others and how this relates to mental health.

Prof. Asako Miura

Osaka University, Co-Investigator

Since the beginning of my studies in social psychology, my research interest has always been in elucidating the mechanisms by which communication and interaction create new “something”. For this purpose, I am interested in decision-making and creativity as outputs, as well as emotional expression and interpersonal networks in the process, and I am currently focusing on online situations via the Internet. My research methods include quantitative text analysis of large-scale log data from social media and randomized controlled experiments using the Web, and I often combine multiple methods such as laboratory experiments and social surveys. Over the years, I have also been actively involved in collaborations with other fields such as informatics, engineering, political science, and business administration. For me, research activities are also a practice of my own research interests.

Dr. Mao Yagihashi

Osaka University, Assistant Professor

Affiliation: Human Science Unit, Division of Scientific Information and Public Policy, Center for Infections Disease Education and Research (CiDER) 

Specialising in clinical psychology, psychosomatic medicine, and liaison psychiatry, and is currently conducting clinical and research work in collaboration with each department, especially regarding post-traumatic psychiatric symptoms.

Dr. Kei Hirai

Osaka University, Assistant Professor

Affiliation: 1. Osaka University Graduate School of Human Sciences, 2. Human Science Unit, Division of Scientific Information and Public Policy, Center for Infections Disease Education and Research (CiDER)

Jess Zhou

Research Assistant

Jess is a MSc Child Development student at UCL’s Institute of Education. Prior to this, she studied MPhil Criminology & Criminal Justice at the University of Oxford, where she focused on youth crimes and sentencing laws. Her interest in working with children and their families grew from her time in Oxford when she was an active volunteer with the local charity Children Heard & Seen (supporting children with incarcerated parents). She is passionate about her studies and her current role as a project manager for an education company, where she is responsible for coordinating the establishment of Family Development Centres in China.

Caroline Acin-Chediex

Research Assistant

Caroline is a final-year undergraduate student in the BSc Psychology with Education at UCL. Her research interests lie in studying human motivation, as she is currently investigating the factors contributing towards academic motivation in undergraduate students for her final-year dissertation study. Caroline is interested in studying vaccine hesitancy in families in order to better understand the motivations behind individuals’ health decisions. She hopes to continue studying this area in an organisational context as she aspires to become an organisational psychologist, and hopes to utilise the skills gained throughout this study to continue developing her psychological expertise!