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Paolo Fusar-Poli is a Professor of Preventive Psychiatry at the Department of Psychosis Studies, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience (IoPPN), King's College London (KCL), where he heads the Early Psychosis: Intervention and Clinical-detection Laboratory (EPIC Lab). He is also a consultant psychiatrist in the Outreach And Support In South-London (OASIS) mental health service at the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, one of the oldest and largest preventive services worldwide. Much of his research utilises evidence-based medicine, clinical prediction, neuroscience and experimental therapeutics and aims to develop new and effective strategies to improve the prevention of mental disorders.

He completed his medical studies, psychiatric training, PhD and first consultant job at the University of Pavia, Italy, where he is Associate Professor. During his PhD he moved to the IoPPN: this collaborative relationship has continued ever since.


He is author of about 450 publications in PubMed journals, with h-index of 102 (up to 2022), invited speaker and/or chairman in several national and international scientific conferences and principal investigator or co-investigator of national and international grants focused on the prevention of mental disorders. He chairs national and international clinical research networks for the prevention of mental disorders.


  • 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021 Highly Cited Researcher (top 1% by citations for field and year in the Web of Science)
  • 2022 ranked as the number one expert in psychosis in the world (top 0.0019% out of 51,701 ranked scientists up to 2022)
  • 2012 and 2019 External Advisory, DSM-5 and DSM-5TR Psychosis Working Group, US.

Research interests

  • Preventive psychiatry
  • Early interventions
  • Youth mental health
  • Promotion of good mental health
  • Clinical prediction
  • Neurosciences
  • Evidence-Based Medicine
  • Phenomenology

Research groups


Ad-hoc lecturer in several undergraduate and postgraduate courses.