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Daniela  Fonseca de Freitas

Daniela Fonseca de Freitas

Research Associate

Research interests

  • Mental Health


I have a PhD in Psychology from the University of Porto and the University of São Paulo. I joined the Department of Psychological Medicine at King’s College London in July 2018.

My major research interests focus on social inequities and their impact on health, disparities in healthcare, resilience and protective factors among marginalised communities. I have a track history of research on resilience in the face of social victimisation, the experiences of lesbian, gay and bisexual people and minoritised ethnic groups, and attitudes toward same-sex parenting. More recently, I have collaborated in pharmaco-epidemiological studies (mostly related to treatment resistance schizophrenia), gender and ethnic inequities in pharmacological treatment and comorbidity, and investigated hospital admissions under the Mental Health Act.

My passion for social equality has led me to join the workforce of the IoPPN Diversity & Inclusion team and I am currently a D&I Self-Assessment Team Representative for the Department of Psychological Medicine.

Along with my position at KCL, at the moment, I am also part-time working at Oxford University, contributing to the work of The CHiMES Collaborative research group and the Synergi Collaborative Centre.

Research Interests 

  • social inequities and their impact on health
  • inequalities in health care
  • resilience and protective factors of marginalised communities

Research Groups

The Clinical Records Interactive Search (CRIS) team