Dr Rebecca Lawson receives prestigious Lister Institute Research Prize
Dr Rebecca Lawson receives prestigious Lister Institute Research Prize
Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Dr Rebecca Lawson, Director of Studies in Computational Psychology and Fellow of Clare College, is one of four researchers who have been awarded the prestigious Lister Institute Research Prize for 2020.


The Lister Institute provides funding for high quality research into the biomedical sciences. Prize-winners join a distinguished community of former Lister Fellows, including Chairs and Fellows of the Royal Society.


Dr Lawson's research centres on computational psychiatry across the lifespan. Her lab uses mathematical models as a bridge to capture individual differences in the neural computations that drive symptoms of neuropyschiatric and neurodevelopmental disorders. It aims to support earlier diagnosis and earlier access to interventions for sufferers.


Chairman of the Lister Institute Professor Sir Alex Markham said of the awarding of this year's prizes:
“In 2020, despite the threat of Covid-19 thwarting our usual interview plans we awarded four prizes to four excellent scientists. The candidates went through a rigorous selection process, shortlisted from an initial field of 114 applications and their work reviewed by international experts within their chosen area of research. The final eleven were interviewed via Zoom by our panel and these four deserving candidates were awarded the much sought after prize.”