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Dr Rina Dutta is a Clinician Scientist Fellow of the Health Foundation in partnership with the Academy of Medical Sciences.  She works at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neurosciences, King’s College London and is Academic Career Development Lead at the NIHR Maudsley Biomedical Research Centre.

Her current 5-year research programme is e-HOST-IT: Electronic health records to predict HOspitalised Suicide attempts: Targeting Information Technology solutions. 

She is Principal Investigator of a new 3-year research grant from the MRC and MRF for a project entitled: Social media, Smartphone use and Self-harm in Young People (3S-YP study) 

In 2012 Rina founded the SUicide, self-harM and Mortality InTerest group (SUMMIT) at King’s Health Partners. 

Rina has sub-specialised in Liaison and Occupational Psychiatry.  Since 2009 she has worked as a Consultant Psychiatrist for the National Affective Disorders Service at the Maudsley Hospital, providing a specialist clinic for health care professionals with mood disorders. 

Research Interests

  • Suicidal behaviour and self-harm 
  • Social media and mental health 
  • Causes of premature mortality 
  • Mental and physical co-morbidities 
  • Use of datasets for clinical research and data science 

Expertise and Public Engagement

Dr Dutta’s work about using ‘big data’ and social media to benefit mental health has been used by the Academy of Medical Sciences (e.g. in March 2018) to profile the research they are funding and its implications for society. 

She has been media-trained by the Academy of Medical Sciences and was involved in the first BBC showcase of only 11 scientists on 15th January 2018.  

She has done a live radio broadcast on BBC radio 4 with Jenni Murray on Woman’s Hour, a prerecorded expert opinion for BBC radio 4 regarding self-harm and live radio appearances on Radio London.