Grace Williams

20222022

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I am a first year PhD researcher at Queen's University Belfast, investigating the association between hemispheric brain specialisation and animal welfare. In particular, the ability of behavioural lateralisation to be used as a novel tool for assessing and predicting welfare risk in the domestic pig, a species that is intensively farmed and prone to poor welfare, will be examined during my PhD.

I have a BSc in Psychology and an MSc in Data Science.

My undergraduate thesis explored the impact of COVID-19 lockdowns on mental health (depression, loneliness, stress and mood), and additionally assessed the influence of pet ownership and pet attachment on these outcomes. [https://doi.org/10.1080/08927936.2022.2051935]

My master's thesis combined the fields of Psychology and Data Science, aiming to develop machine learning tools capable of improving the accuracy and objectivity of depression detection and diagnosis. Specifically, I built machine learning models that were able to predict depression status using sociodemographic and motor acitivity data with a high level of accuracy.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

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