UCL Psychology and Language Sciences



Christina Carlisi is the group leader of CANDL. After formative research work at the National Institute of Mental health (NIH) in America, she obtained her PhD in 2017 from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King’s College London. She then joined UCL as a Wellcome Trust Sir Henry Wellcome Fellow with a visiting research post at Duke University in Durham, NC, before taking up her current role in UCL’s Department of Clinical, Educational and Health Psychology as a Lecturer in Clinical Psychology. She is currently a Prudence Trust Senior Research Fellow and member of the Clinical Psychology Doctorate (DClinPsy) staff team.

Jessica Norman
Jessica Norman has been a Research Assistant within the group since December 2022. Her undergraduate degree was in Biological Sciences at the University of Oxford. She then worked as a mental health support worker for 9 months, before beginning an MSc psychology conversion course at UCL. She completed her MSc dissertation on individual differences in facial emotion processing in adolescence, under Christina’s supervision. She also spent 5 months working as a research assistant in the UCL Clinical Psychopharmacology Unit before joining CANDL.

Jess Hughes-Nind joined the team as a Research Assistant in August 2023. After completing an undergraduate degree in Modern Languages from the University of Cambridge, she spent 5 years working at a not-for-profit in London to develop and scale solutions to complex social issues with local and central governments in the UK and internationally, focusing on children and young people's mental health and online harms. She completed the MSc Psychological Sciences course at UCL in 2022. Her dissertation explored whether different motivations for using social media are associated with differences in wellbeing and academic outcomes amongst undergraduate students.

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Rose Eagle-Hull has been volunteering in the team since January 2023 and is now interning part-time as a Research Assistant. After studying French and Philosophy at the University of Edinburgh, and working in Paris for 9 years, she completed the MSc psychology conversion course at UCL in 2023. Her MSc dissertation was a meta-analysis on mistrust and borderline personality disorder under the supervision of Peter Fonagy. She is particularly interested in child and adolescent mental health.

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Thomas Reed has been interning part-time as a Research Assistant since autumn 2023. A former student on the MSc Psychological Sciences course, he is interested in using computational techniques to understand the cognitive mechanisms underpinning mental health problems. His prior background is in History and tech policy.


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King-Chi Yau is a Clinical Psychologist and a Neurologic Music Therapist, primarily working with children and young people (CYP) at the NHS. After completing a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (DClinPsy), he joined the UCL Department of Clinical, Educational and Health Psychology and serves as a Lecturer, mainly organising and teaching modules for the DClinPsy, Psychological Sciences MSc, and Psychology BSc programmes. He is also conducting research to better understand CYP’s mental health and development.




Isabel Lau completed her MSc in Cognitive Neuroscience at UCL under the supervision of Dr. Carlisi and Dr. Michael Moutoussis. Her dissertation focused on computational modelling of social evaluations in depression and anxiety. She is now working as a Research Assistant at the MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit at the University of Cambridge. She continues to collaborate with CANDL on computational modelling and neuroimaging work.