UCL Psychology and Language Sciences

Dr Christina Carlisi

Dr Christina Carlisi


Clinical, Edu & Hlth Psychology

Div of Psychology & Lang Sciences

Joined UCL
1st Sep 2017

Research summary

I am a Prudence Trust Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Clinical, Educational and Health Psychology at University College London. Through my fellowship, I am also affiliated with the Laboratory of NeuroGenetics at Duke University. My current research uses computational methods (e.g. computational modelling, psychophysics) and neuroimaging (structural and functional MRI) to examine emotion processing in adolescence. I am interested in how individual differences in diverse factors such as environment and neurocognitive mechanisms give rise to (or protect us from) the development of mental health problems, and what these factors might be able to tell us about treatment response. I am particularly interested in developing more sensitive measures of individual differences to study how behavioural traits such as anxiety, depression and conduct problems develop across childhood and adolescence.

Teaching summary

I co-convene the Health & Clinical Psychology module (PSYC0015) for the 2nd Year BSc Psychology programme. I also contribute to teaching and supervision on UCL's Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, as well as the MSc in Psychological Sciences. 


I completed my PhD at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King’s College London, investigating the shared and disorder specific neurobiological mechanisms underlying attention and decision-making in adolescents with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and Autism. Prior to this, I worked as a research assistant in the Section of Development and Affective Neuroscience at the National Institute of Mental Health, NIH in Bethesda, MD, USA. 

Most recently, I was a Wellcome Trust Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Developmental Risk and Resilience Unit at UCL with Professor Essi Viding. I now lead my own research group in the Department of Clinical, Educational and Health Psychology (Cognitive and Affective Neurodevelopment Lab, CANDL).