In my career to date I have sought to conduct research, which is clinically relevant and directly applicable to the delivery of clinical services. My work has focused on the prevention and early detection of mental health problems, in particular psychosis. I have extensive experience in service implementation in the community and I set up the first service for prevention and early detection of psychosis in a prison setting. I conduct experimental studies using virtual reality to explore the effects of adverse life experiences on the appraisal of social situations. I lead clinical studies to evaluate virtual reality assisted assessment and treatment.
I lead the Virtual Reality lab of the NIHR/Wellcome Trust King's Clinical Research Facility.
I am a Visiting Professor at KU Leuven and the President of IEPA Early Intervention in Mental Health.
- Virtual reality for mental health
- Early Intervention
- Early detection
- At risk mental state for psychosis
- The impact of adverse life events on the onset and maintenance of mental health problems
I contribute to all aspects of the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology programme (teaching, team meetings, research supervision, appraising students, marking, etc), in addition I am also the Head of Selection.
Expertise and Public Engagement
Our work in VR was featured in an Aljazeera documentary and received international media coverage (BBC World, Newsweek, Daily Beast, Twitter) as well as very positive reactions from service users and carers. Our work in VR (VR Lab and REACH) was selected to be part of the 2017 Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition. I have presented my VR work at the Pint of Science Festival and I was one of the invited speakers for a public debate about VR organised by Virtual Futures at the Hospital Club. I use Twitter to promote my work.
Bell, I. H., Nicholas, J., Alvarez-Jimenez, M., Thompson, A. & Valmaggia, L., Jun 2020, In : Dialogues in clinical neuroscience. 22, 2, p. 169-177 9 p. Research output: Contribution to journal - Article. DOIs: https://doi.org/10.31887/DCNS.2020.22.2/lvalmaggia
González-Valderrama, A., Jongsma, H. E., Mena, C., Castañeda, C. P., Nachar, R., Undurraga, J., Crossley, N., Aceituno, D., Iruretagoyena, B., Gallardo, C., Mondaca, P., Monje, M., Irarrazaval, M., Zavala, C., Valmaggia, L. & Kirkbride, J. B., 6 Aug 2020, In : Psychological Medicine. p. 1-10 10 p. Research output: Contribution to journal - Article. DOIs: https://doi.org/10.1017/S0033291720002664
Pollak, T., Kempton, M., Iyegbe, C., Vincent, A., Irani, S., Freitas Barbosa Pereira Coutinho, M. E., Menassa, D. A., Jacobson, L. W., de Haan, L., Ruhrmann, S., Sachs, G., Riecher-Rossler, A., Krebs, M., Amminger, P., Glenthoj, B., Barrantes-Vidal, N., Van Os, J., Rutten, B. P. F., Bressan, R., van der Gaag, M. & 6 others, , 27 Jul 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : Molecular Psychiatry. Research output: Contribution to journal - Article
Hopkin, G., Chaplin, L., Slade, K., Craster, L., Valmaggia, L., Samele, C. & Forrester, A., 21 May 2020, In : The International journal of social psychiatry. p. 20764020920904 Research output: Contribution to journal - Article. DOIs: https://doi.org/10.1177/0020764020920904
Modinos, G., Allen, P., Frascarelli, M., Tognin, S., Valmaggia, L., Xenaki, L., Keedwell, P., Broome, M., Valli, I., Woolley, J., Stone, J. M., Mechelli, A., Phillips, M. L., Mcguire, P. & Fusar-poli, P., Dec 2014, In : Psychological Medicine. 44, 16, p. 3491-3501 Research output: Contribution to journal - Article. DOIs: https://doi.org/10.1017/S0033291714000865
Tognin, S., Grady, L., Ventura, S., Valmaggia, L., Sear, V., McGuire, P., Fusar-Poli, P. & Spencer, T. J., 2019, In : Frontiers in Psychiatry. 10, p. 799 Research output: Contribution to journal - Article. DOIs: https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyt.2019.00799
Turner, D. T., Reijnders, M., van der Gaag, M., Karyotaki, E., Valmaggia, L., Moritz, S., Lecomte, T., Turkington, D., Penadés, R., Elkis, H., Cather, C., Shawyer, F., O'Connor, K., Zhan-Jiang, L., Elza, M., Barretto, P. & Cuijpers, P., 5 May 2020, In : Frontiers in Psychiatry. 11 Research output: Contribution to journal - Article
Hermans, K., Myin-Germeys, I., Gayer-Anderson, C., Kempton, M., Valmaggia, L., McGuire, P., Murray, R., Garety, P., Wykes, T., Morgan, C., Kasanova, Z. & Reininghaus, U., 8 Apr 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : Psychological medicine. Research output: Contribution to journal - Review article
Turner, D. T., Burger, S., Smit, F., Valmaggia, L. R. & van der Gaag, M., 27 Mar 2020, In : Schizophrenia Bulletin. Research output: Contribution to journal - Article. DOIs: https://doi.org/10.1093/schbul/sbaa045
EU-GEI High Risk Study Group, 13 Mar 2020, In : European psychiatry : the journal of the Association of European Psychiatrists. 63, 1, p. e25 Research output: Contribution to journal - Article. DOIs: https://doi.org/10.1192/j.eurpsy.2019.10