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Anna Kolliakou has a BA (Hons) in Psychology (University of Essex) and an MSc in Clinical and Public Health Aspects of Addiction from King’s College London which she first joined in 1999. After having served as a researcher on health services, genetic and addiction projects at the IoPPN, she completed a PhD on patterns of cannabis use in first-episode psychosis in the Department of Psychosis Studies. In 2014, she joined the NIHR Maudsley Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) as a post-doctoral researcher on PHEME, a 3-year EU-funded project, which aimed to model, identify and verify rumours as they spread across media, languages and social networks. Anna’s role specifically focused on developing the mental healthcare branch of the project, where PHEME’s new veracity intelligence methods were tested and validated, through a series of case studies on legal highs, medication, self-harm/ suicide and stigma and exploration through combined social media and CRIS analysis. Since 2017, in her role as Clinical Informatics Interface and Network Lead, Anna manages the extension and development of internal and external collaborations for the CRIS team and wider BRC informatics initiatives. Anna is also a long-standing member of Culture at King’s and has supported numerous collaborative projects between academics and cultural sector partners as well as the Arts in Mind Festival

Research Interests

  • Mental health 
  • Social media  
  • Electronic health record 
  • Natural language processing 
  • Data Linkage 
  • Art/science collaborations 



Big Data in Mental Health Research 

PhD workshops