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Tessa is a British Academy-funded Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the Centre for Society & Mental Health, King’s College London. Her current project explores the role of neighbourhood social environments in influencing the course of psychosis.

Tessa joined the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) in January 2018, and has worked on the multi-country research programme on psychoses, INTREPID II, led by Professor Craig Morgan, as well as completing an ESRC post-doctoral fellowship. Tessa gained her PhD from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) in 2018, where she was an active member of the Centre for Global Mental Health and conducted research on the PRIME programme. She previously completed an MSc in Global Mental Health at both the IoPPN and LSHTM and was awarded the Global Mental Health prize. 

Research Interests 

  • Global mental health
  • Psychiatric epidemiology
  • Social determinants of mental health


Tessa leads the Society & Mental Health module at the IoPPN and contributes to teaching on the MSc Global Mental Health programme.

Expertise and Public Engagement

Tessa has written blogs for the Mental Elf and the London International Development Centre, done consultancy work on mental health policy and research uptake for the Mental Health Innovation Network, organised public events including most recently a round table on psychosis and global mental health, facilitated discussions on neighbourhood influences on mental health at the Academy of Medical Sciences policy event on social determinants of global mental health, given “lunch and learn” sessions at United for Global Mental Health, presented her work at the World Congress of Social Psychiatry, and recently spoke on a panel about the future of global mental health at the Road to Global Mental Health conference.