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Giouliana Kadra-Scalzo

Dr Giouliana Kadra-Scalzo


Research interests

  • Psychiatry
  • Psychology


Dr Kadra-Scalzo is a Lecturer on the MSc in Organisational Psychiatry and Psychology. She is also a Coaching Psychologist. Dr Kadra-Scalzo completed a PhD in Psychological Medicine at King’s College London in 2017 and has extensive experience in examining interventions and outcomes in mental health service users using de-identified Electronic Health Records and other national datasets. She has received several awards and grants to support her work such as the Early Career Researcher Award by NIHR Maudsley BRC; a UKRI Violence and Abuse Mental Health Network, and Cassel Hospital Charitable Trust.


Dr Kadra-Scalzo particularly enjoys supporting research staff in their personal and professional development and consequently has contributed to a number of workshops such as “Supercharge your career by understanding who you are” and “Skills and Mindset to Thrive in Research”. She also project managed a KCL-wide Research Culture Task and Finish Group Project on Career Mapping and Progression for researchers. Dr Kadra-Scalzo is part of the Research Innovation Committee at the IoPPN and is a post-doc career educator.

Research Interests:

Her research interest include:

  • Finding and maintaining purpose, meaning and motivation at work
  • Fostering psychological wellbeing in organisations
  • Vocational interventions to support recovery in mental health service users


Dr Kadra-Scalzo leads the following modules of the MSc in Organisational Psychiatry and Psychology:

  • Managing Mental Capital and Wellbeing in the Workplace
  • MSc Dissertation

She is also an Admission Tutor for the MSc.

Dr Kadra- Scalzo also delivers lectures and is an examiner for the Big Data module which is part of the MSc in Mental Health Studies.

Fonseca de Freitas D, Kadra-Scalzo G, Agbedjro D, Francis E, Ridler I, Pritchard M, et al. Using a statistical learning approach to identify sociodemographic and clinical predictors of response to clozapine. Journal of Psychopharmacology [Internet]. 2022 Feb 25;026988112210787. Available from:

Botelle R, Bhavsar V, Kadra-Scalzo G, Mascio A, Williams M v., Roberts A, et al. Can natural language processing models extract and classify instances of interpersonal violence in mental healthcare electronic records: an applied evaluative study. BMJ Open. 2022 Feb 16;12(2):e052911.

Kadra-Scalzo G, Ahn D, Bird A, Broadbent M, Chang C-K, Pritchard M, et al. Mental healthcare utilisation by patients before and after receiving paliperidone palmitate treatment: mirror image analyses. Available from:

de Freitas DF, Patel I, Kadra-Scalzo G, Pritchard M, Shetty H, Broadbent M, et al. Ethnic inequalities in clozapine use among people with treatment-resistant schizophrenia: a retrospective cohort study using data from electronic clinical records. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology [Internet]. 2022 Mar 4; Available from:

Francis ER, Fonseca de Freitas D, Colling C, Pritchard M, Kadra-Scalzo G, Viani N, et al. Incidence of suicidality in people with depression over a 10-year period treated by a large UK mental health service provider. BJPsych Open. 2021 Nov;7(6).

Wellesley Wesley E, Patel I, Kadra-Scalzo G, Pritchard M, Shetty H, Broadbent M, et al. Gender disparities in clozapine prescription in a cohort of treatment-resistant schizophrenia in the South London and Maudsley case register. Schizophrenia Research. 2021 Jun 1;232:68–76.

Kadra-Scalzo G, Garland J, Miller S, Chang C-K, Fok M, Hayes RD, et al. Comparing psychotropic medication prescribing in personality disorder between general mental health and psychological services: retrospective cohort study. BJPsych Open. 2021 Mar;7(2).

Cho J, Hayes RD, Jewell A, Kadra G, Shetty H, MacCabe JH, et al. Clozapine and all-cause mortality in treatment-resistant schizophrenia: a historical cohort study. Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica. 2019 Mar 1;139(3):237–47.

Kadra G, Stewart R, Shetty H, MacCabe JH, Chang CK, Taylor D, et al. Long-term antipsychotic polypharmacy prescribing in secondary mental health care and the risk of mortality. Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica. 2018 Aug 1;138(2):123–32.

Kadra G, Stewart R, Shetty H, MacCabe JH, Chang CK, Kesserwani J, et al. Antipsychotic polypharmacy prescribing and risk of hospital readmission. Psychopharmacology (Berl). 2018 Jan 1;235(1):281–9.

Kadra G, Spiros A, Shetty H, Iqbal E, Hayes RD, Stewart R, et al. Predicting parkinsonism side-effects of antipsychotic polypharmacy prescribed in secondary mental healthcare. Journal of Psychopharmacology. 2018 Nov 1;32(11):1191–6.

Kesserwani J, Kadra G, Downs J, Shetty H, MacCabe JH, Taylor D, et al. Risk of readmission in patients with schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorder newly prescribed clozapine. Journal of Psychopharmacology. 2019 Apr 1;33(4):449–58.

Kadra G, Stewart R, Shetty H, Downs J, MacCabe JH, Taylor D, et al. Predictors of long-term (≥6 months) antipsychotic polypharmacy prescribing in secondary mental healthcare. Schizophrenia Research. 2016 Jul 1;174(1–3):106–12.

Perera G, Broadbent M, Callard F, Chang C-K, Downs J, Dutta R, et al. Cohort profile of the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust Biomedical Research Centre (SLaM BRC) Case Register: current status and recent enhancement of an Electronic Mental Health Record-derived data resource. BMJ Open [Internet]. 2016;6:8721. Available from: http://www.kingshealthpartners.

Thompson J v., Clark JM, Legge SE, Kadra G, Downs J, Walters JTR, et al. Antipsychotic polypharmacy and augmentation strategies prior to clozapine initiation: A historical cohort study of 310 adults with treatment-resistant schizophrenic disorders. Journal of Psychopharmacology. 2016 May 1;30(5):436–43.

Kadra G, Stewart R, Shetty H, Jackson RG, Greenwood MA, Roberts A, et al. Extracting antipsychotic polypharmacy data from electronic health records: Developing and evaluating a novel process. BMC Psychiatry. 2015 Jul 22;15(1).

Kadra G, Daffern M, Campbell C. Detecting offence paralleling behaviours in a medium secure psychiatric unit. Legal and Criminological Psychology. 2014;19(1):147–59.

Kadra G, Dean K, Hotopf M, Hatch SL. Investigating exposure to violence and mental health in a diverse urban community sample: Data from the South East London Community Health (SELCoH) survey. PLoS ONE. 2014 Apr 1;9(4).