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Dr Kadra-Scalzo completed her PhD in 2017 at King’s College London. Her thesis focused on long-term antipsychotic medication use in adult mental health services. More specifically, Dr. Kadra-Scalzo has been particularly interested in characterising and examining the effects of second and third-line treatments such as clozapine and antipsychotic polypharmacy on mental health. Prior to her PhD, Dr Kadra-Scalzo completed a MSc in forensic mental health. A particular topic of interest  in this area has been examining the effects of exposure to violence on mental health.  

In her current post, Dr Kadra-Scalzo has continued to examine psychotropic medication use in the people diagnosed with serious mental illnesses and mental disorders. Furthermore, she leads a number of national and international pharmaceutical and industry collaborations focusing on treatment-resistant schizophrenia, extrapyramidal side-effects and hospital readmission.  

Dr. Kadra-Scalzo is an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and teaches and supervises MSc students.  

Research Interests

  • Pharmacoepidemiology and mental health  
  • Violence and mental health  


Dr Kadra-Scalzo currently teaches on the Big Data in Mental Health module, which is part of the MSc Mental Health Studies.