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Biography

I completed a degree in Cognitive Psychology and Psychobiology and a master’s degree in Clinical Psychology at the University of Padua (2008). I obtained my registration as clinical psychologist both in Italy and the UK in 2014. In 2015, I completed a PhD in Psychosis Studies at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology, and Neuroscience where I am now Lecturer in Psychosis Studies. I also work as honorary clinical psychologist at the Outreach as Support in South London (OASIS, SLaM NHS Foundation Trust), early detection for psychosis team. 

I work both in research and clinical settings with young people who are experiencing psychological difficulties that suggest they might be at high risk of developing psychosis. My work focuses on the role of biological, environmental and psychological factors in the development and progression of psychosis in young people.  

Part of my research also focuses on the implementation and evaluation of vocational interventions, such as Individual Placement and Support, in early intervention for psychosis services. 

Research interests:  

  • Psychosis risk factors  
  • Early intervention in psychosis 
  • Vocational interventions (e.g. Individual Placement and Support) 
  • Digital technologies and mental health  
  • Neuroimaging and psychosis 

Description

I am leading the following modules of the MSc in Mental Health Studies (https://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/taught-courses/mental-health-studies-msc):  

  • Basic Mental Health (core module) 
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (optional module) 
  • Voluntary Clinical Placements (optional module) 

I also deliver lectures for the BSc in Psychology and the MScs in Early intervention in Psychosis and Psychiatric Research.