Professor Sarah-Jayne Blakemore

Professor of Psychology at Department of Psychology, University of Cambridge

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Professor of Psychology, Department of Psychology, University of Cambridge

Member, CSaP Management Committee

Sarah-Jayne Blakemore is Professor of Psychology 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 a member of the Royal Society Public Engagement Committee, and Chair of the Royal Society of Biology Education and Science Policy Committee. She was Founding Editor-in-Chief of Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience until 2019. Professor Blakemore was awarded the British Psychological Society (BPS) Doctoral Award 2001, the BPS Spearman Medal for outstanding early career research 2006, the Annual Lecturer Award 2011 by the Swedish Neuropsychology Society, the Young Mind & Brain Prize 2013, the Royal Society Rosalind Franklin Award 2013, the Klaus J Jacobs Prize 2015 and the BPS Presidents' Award 2018. She is a Fellow of the British Academy.

  • 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.

  • 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.