Dr Pick is a chartered academic psychologist and MRC Research Fellow with research interests in aetiology, mechanisms, treatment and outcomes in a range of neuropsychiatric disorders, particularly functional neurological disorder (FND). She completed her PhD in 2015 at the Department of Psychology, IoPPN, in which she used both experimental and qualitative methods to examine the role of emotional processing and psychosocial risk factors in functional (dissociative / non-epileptic) seizures. She then held a Post-Doctoral Research Associate post in the Section of Cognitive Neuropsychiatry, IoPPN, where she developed further her research in FND, including a trial of a neurostimulation for treatment of functional limb weakness and development of novel experimental methods to investigate mechanisms underlying FND symptoms. Dr Pick co-led an international working group (FND-COM) to develop guidelines for outcome measurement in FND and won the British Neuropsychiatry Association Lishman prize for her experimental work during her post-doctoral post. She now holds an MRC Career Development Award in the Department of Psychological Medicine, where she is investigating cognitive, affective and neurobiological mechanisms in functional seizures and functional motor symptoms.
· Functional neurological (‘conversion’) disorder
· Dissociative (non-epileptic) seizures
· Dissociation / dissociative disorders
· Mind-body / cognition-emotion interactions
· Affective neuroscience
· Disorders of consciousness/awareness
Dr Pick teaches and supervises students on a range of programs at KCL, including the BSc Psychology, and the MSc Affective Disorders.
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