UCL Institute of Mental Health

Dr Francesca Solmi

Dr Francesca Solmi

Principal Research Fellow

Epidemiology & Applied Clinical Research

Division of Psychiatry

Joined UCL
1st Dec 2013

Research summary

My research broadly focuses on studying the risk factors for the development of eating disorders across the life-span. 

As part of my Sir Henry Wellcome Fellowship I am studying whether inflammation - conceptualisd as exposure to prenatal and childhood infections, high genetic risk, autoimmunity - increases a person's risk of developing eating disorders. To do this, I use large general population datasets, including both biological and environmental data, and causal inference methods. 

I am also interested in studying inequalities in access to services and evaluating the effectiveness of current treatments for eating disorders using electronic medical records. 

Teaching summary

I teach on the following MSc programmes offered by UCL

  • MSc in Mental Health Sciences (UCL Division of Psychiatry): Core research methods module; Epidemiology module, Statistics module (as a teaching assistant)
  • MSc in Child and Adolescent Mental Health (UCL, Institute of Child Health); Epidemiological research methods in child & adolescent mental health

I welcome inquiries about PhD and MSc projects. 


University College London
Doctorate, Doctor of Philosophy | 2014
London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
Other higher degree, Master of Science | 2010
Johns Hopkins University
Other higher degree, Master of Arts | 2008
University of Sussex
First Degree, Bachelor of Arts (Honours) | 2006