Professor Sarah-Jayne Blakemore

Professor of Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience at Department of Psychology, University of Cambridge


Professor of Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience, Department of Psychology, University of Cambridge

Member, CSaP Management Committee

Sarah-Jayne Blakemore FBA FMedSci is Professor of Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of Cambridge, and leader of the Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience Group. Her group's research focuses on the development of social cognition and decision making in the human adolescent brain, and adolescent mental health. Her group runs behavioural studies in schools and in the lab, as well as neuroimaging studies, with adolescents and adults.

Professor Blakemore is actively engaged in policy activities, including as a former member of the Royal Society Public Engagement Committee and the Times Education Commission, and Chair of the Royal Society of Biology Education and Science Policy Committee. She has been awarded a number of national and international prizes for her research. She is an Honorary Fellow of St John's College Oxford, and a Fellow of the British Academy, the Academy of Medical Sciences and the American Association for Psychological Science.

  • 21 October 2021, 3pm

    CSaP annual meeting & reception 2021

    On 21 October 2021, CSaP hosted its first in-person networking event since the COVID-19 pandemic began. The annual meeting and reception, held at the Royal Academy of Engineering in London, provided an opportunity for 115 public policy professionals, industry leaders, and researchers to meet and share their experiences to improve decision-making.

  • 23 March 2021, 5pm

    David Cleevely Annual Lecture: Professor Dame Angela McLean

    The inaugural lecture of the David Cleevely Annual Lecture Series will be delivered by Professor Dame Angela McLean, Chief Scientific Adviser, Ministry of Defence.

  • In news articles

    Child development, learning and mental health

    A panel discussion on child development, learning and mental health was chaired by Paul Kett, Director-General for Higher Education and Further Education at the Department of Education, with invited panellists from the University of Cambridge – Sarah Jayne Blackmore, Professor of Psychology and Tamsin Ford, Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

  • In news articles

    Why do young people take more risks?

    A roundtable discussion in Cambridge for our Policy Leaders Fellows explored the risk-taking behaviour of young people.