UCL Population Health Sciences


UCL Global Mental Health Working Group

This group provides a space for a growing network of collaborations in order to study and discuss global mental health from an interdisciplinary perspective.

The group is a cross-departmental initiative launched in 2017 with funding by the UCL Grand Challenge of Global Health. The working group now sits within UCL's Centre for Global Non-Communicable Diseases and is coordinated by its Deputy Director, Dr Rochelle Burgess.

The group has been working to bring together the vast amount of global mental health research carried out across UCL. Comprised of experts in a variety of fields including mental health, anthropology, global health, gender and health, medical ethics, and health economics.

Since its inception, the group has held seminars every other month to share the insights and experience of both group members and invited speakers. As the initiative continues to gain momentum, relevant suggestions and opportunities to collaborate on research projects or seminars are welcome.


View biographies and publications of the Global Mental Health Working Group:

Gerard Abou-Jaoude

Abou Jaode

Gerard Abou-Jaoude is a research associate at the Centre for Global Health Economics, and joined the UCL Institute for Global Health after completing an MSc in Global Health and Development at University College London. He has begun his part-time MPhil/PhD in Global Health and Development at UCL to study financial risk protection and its measurement.

Gerard is currently working as a researcher and project co-ordinator on a Universal Health Coverage allocative efficiency project funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and a World Bank funded allocative efficiency project, which is using the Optima-TB model to optimise national spending on Tuberculosis. The main countries in which Gerard works are low- to upper-middle income countries, but he has also been meeting regularly with Hospital Rooms and Global Health Disrupted to discuss how to best design an evaluation for the arts intervention in UK child and adolescent mental health units.

His research interests include equity, socio-economic determinants of health, allocative efficiency, mental health, and urban health. His Masters dissertation argued for a more nuanced and inter-disciplinary approach to defining trauma, using trans-generational trauma as a case study to critique the current DSM-V and ICD-10 definitions for trauma.

Joseph Calabrese


Joseph D Calabrese is Reader of Medical Anthropology and Tutor of the MSc Medical Anthropology at University College London.  He holds a PhD from the University of Chicago's interdisciplinary Committee on Human Development, where he combined training in anthropology and clinical psychology.  He completed postdoctoral clinical training as a Clinical Fellow at the Cambridge Hospital/Harvard Medical School, subsequently holding research fellowships at the Department of Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School and at Green Templeton College, Oxford.  His ethnographic field research has included work with Native Americans and work with persons having severe psychiatric illnesses in Chicago and Boston.  He is currently studying local understandings of mental illness and psychiatric care in the Kingdom of Bhutan and has completed four summer visits combining volunteer clinical practice, clinician training and ethnographic research.  For more information and reprints, visit www.josephdcalabrese.com.


Calabrese, Joseph D.  2013.  A Different Medicine: Postcolonial Healing in the Native American Church.  New York: Oxford University Press.

Calabrese, Joseph D. (forthcoming).  Understanding Traditional and Other Culture-Based Approaches to Mental Illness in Lower and Middle Income Contexts.  In Laura Davidson (ed.), Mental Health, International Development and the Sustainable Development Goals. London: Routledge.

Calabrese, Joseph D. and Chencho Dorji. 2014. Traditional and Modern Understandings of Mental Illness in Bhutan: Preserving the Benefits of Each to Support Gross National Happiness.  Journal of Bhutan Studies 30:1-29.

Calabrese, Joseph D. 2013. Ethnographic Approaches to Health Experiences Research. In Understanding and Using Health Experiences: Improving Patient Care.  Sue Ziebland, Angela Coulter, Joseph D. Calabrese, and Louise Locock (eds).  Oxford: University of Oxford Press.

Calabrese, Joseph D. 2011.  "The Culture of Medicine" as Revealed in Patients' Perspectives on their Psychiatric Treatment.  In Shattering Culture: American Medicine Responds to Cultural Diversity. Mary-Jo DelVecchio Good, Ken Vickery, and Larry Park, eds.  New York: Russell Sage Foundation.

Napier, D.A., C. Arcano, B. Butler, J. Calabrese, et al.  2014. Culture and Health (The UCL Lancet Commission) The Lancet (Special Issue) 384: 1607-39.

Calabrese, Joseph D. and Patrick W. Corrigan.  2005.  Beyond Dementia Praecox: Findings from Long-Term Follow-up Studies of Schizophrenia.  In R. Ralph and P. Corrigan (Eds.),Recovery in Mental Illness: Broadening Our Understanding of Wellness.  Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Calabrese, Joseph D.  2008.  Clinical Paradigm Clashes: Ethnocentric and Political Barriers to Native American Efforts at Self-Healing. Ethos: Journal of the Society for Psychological Anthropology 36(3): 334-353.

Corrigan, Patrick W. and Joseph D. Calabrese.  2005. Strategies for Assessing and Diminishing Self-Stigma.  In P. Corrigan (Ed.), On the Stigma of Mental Illness: Practical Strategies for Research and Social Change.  Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Corrigan, Patrick W. and Joseph D. Calabrese.  2003.  Cognitive Therapy and Schizophrenia.  In M. Reinecke & D. Clark (Eds.), Cognitive Therapy across the Lifespan: Evidence and Practice.  Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.


Dr Evangelia Chysikou


Dr Evangelia Chrysikou is a healthcare architect and medical planner holding a rare PhD on psychiatric facilities from the Bartlett, UCL. She is currently Visiting Lecturer/Researcher at the Bartlett Real Estate Institute and Commitment leader on EIPonAHA, EC and Coordinator of Action Group  D4 of EIPonAHA. She has been active in research having won 7 prestigious grants and fellowships including a Marie Curie Horizon 2020 IF from the EC with the Bartlett School of Architecture, a UCL Grand Challenges grant and is a co-investigator at a Marsden Grant from the Royal Society of New Zealand on Mental Health facilities in NZ.  Also, she has received 7 international awards for her research and architecture in health. She has also been involved in policy making on behalf of the Greek Ministry of Health and the European Commission as the author of legislation and national guidelines on healthcare facilities. She authored 2 books and 89 scientific and professional publications on healthcare environments. She is a Ted-MED speaker and has been teaching medical architecture in medical and architectural schools including being Module Coordinator at MARU. She has served as Member of the Board at several health and academic NGOs and Trusts. Since 2005, she is the founder of the multi-awarded SynThesis Architects specializing in healthcare facilities and consultancy.




  • Chrysikou, Ε., 2014. Architecture for psychiatric environments and therapeutic spaces. Amsterdam: IOS Press. ISBN 978-1-61499-459-6
  • Chrysikou, E., 2017. The social invisibility of mental health facilities. London: UCL


Publications of Research Projects in Journals (peer reviewed)

  • Chrysikou, E., 2017. The social logic of psychiatric space: combining architectural morphology and salutogenics to improve the social integration of psychiatric wards. World Health Design
  • Chrysikou, E., 2017. Ecopsychosocial parameters and mental health: the complexities of the psychiatric ward. Proceedings of the 11th International Space Syntax Symposium, 3th - 7th July 2017. Lisbon: University of Lisbon
  • Chrysikou, E., 2016. Inclusive Design and Mental Health: Policy and legislation challenges from the perspective of social inclusion. In: Langdon, P., Lazar, J., Heylighen, A., and Dong, H., eds. 2016. Designing Around People. Switzerland: Springer International Publishing. ISBN 978-3-319-29496-4
  • Chrysikou, E., 2015. IIll performing buildings for mental health. In: K. Christer, eds. 2015. Proceedings of the 3nd European Conference on Design 4 Health 2015, Sheffield 13th-16th July 2015. Sheffield: Sheffield Hallam University. ISBN: 978-1-84387-385-3
  • Chrysikou, Ε., 2014. The SCP model: A three dimensional methodology for understanding, profiling and evaluating mental healthcare architecture. In: A. Yoxall and K. Christer, eds. 2014. Proceedings of the 2nd European Conference on Design 4 Health 2013, Sheffield 3rd-5th July 2013. Sheffield: Sheffield Hallam University. ISBN: 978-1-84387-373-0
  • Chrysikou, Ε., Lustig C., 2014. Accessibility for Fully Mobile Patients: The Case of Children with Intellectual Disabilities and Autism Spectrum Disorder. In: Langdon, P., Lazar, J., Heylighen, A., and Dong, H., eds. 2014. Proceedings of the 7th Cambridge Workshop on Universal Access and Assistive Technology. Cambridge: University of Cambridge. 24th - 27th March, 2014. Chapter 5, p. 33-38. ISBN: 0963-5432
  • Chrysikou, Ε., 2013. Accessibility for mental healthcare. Facilities, 31 (9/10), p. 418-426. ISSN: 0263-2772
  • Chrysikou, Ε., 2012. From Normalization theory to a "Fit for Purpose" architecture for the mentally ill. World Health Design, 5(3), pp.68-77
  • Chrysikou, Ε., 2008. Safety and security in therapeutic environments for the mentally ill, In: S. Hignett, B. Norris, K. Catchpole, A. Hutchinson, S. Tapley, eds. 2008. Improving Patient Safety 2008 "from Safe to Safe Practice". Loughborough: Ergonomics Society. pp. 351-355. ISBN 978-0-9554225-2-2



  • Chrysikou, E., 2015. Building guidelines for mental health facilities. Report delivered to the Ministry of Health, funded by the 'Centre of European Constitutional Law - Themistokles and Dimitris Tsatsos Foundation'
Carlos Grijalva


Carlos Grijalva-Eternod is a researcher at the UCL Institute for Global Health, following his training as a clinical dietician in Mexico and further specialisation in public health and child development in the UK.  His work focuses on understanding the developmental origins of undernutrition and chronic diseases, the assessing of nutritional and well-being status among infants, children and adults living in vulnerable settings, and the impact evaluation of nutrition-sensitive interventions, such as cash transfers, that are aimed at improving such status. Carlos has worked in Latin America, Africa, Central Asia and Europe with vulnerable communities that experience poverty, environmental challenges such as droughts, or have been forcefully displaced such as refugees. He lives in London.


Devakumar D, Grijalva-Eternod C, Cortina-Borja M, Williams J, Fewtrell M, Wells J. Disentangling the associations between parental BMI and offspring body composition using the four-component model. Am J Hum Biol. 2016 Jul;28(4):524-33. DOI: 10.1002/ajhb.22825.

Fry H, Grijalva-Eternod C. Forest conservation in Central and West Africa: Opportunities and risks for gender equity. In: Carol J, Pierce Colfer, Marlène Elias, Bimbika Sijapati Basnett. Gender and Forests: Climate Change, Tenure, Value Chains and Emerging Issues. Routledge 2016

Marphatia AA, Cole TJ, Grijalva-Eternod CS, Wells JC. Associations of gender inequality with child malnutrition and mortality across 96 countries. Global Health, Epidemiology and Genomics 2016;1:e6 DOI:10.1017/ghge.2016.1

Grijalva-Eternod CS, Wells JC, Girma T, Kæstel P, Admassu B, Friss H, Andersen GS. Mid upper arm circumference and weight-for-length z scores have different associations with body composition: evidence from a cohort of Ethiopian infants. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 2015; 102(3):593-99 DOI: 10.3945/ajcn.114.106419

Sibson V, Grijalva-Eternod C, Bourahla L, Haghparast-Bidgoli H, Morrison J, Puett C, Trenouth L, Seal AJ. The REFANI-N study protocol: a cluster-randomised controlled trial of the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of early initiation and longer duration of emergency/seasonal unconditional cash transfers for the prevention of acute malnutrition among children, 6-59 months, in Tahoua, Niger. BMC Public Health 2015;15:1289. DOI: 10.1186/s12889-015-2640-2.

Grijalva-Eternod CS, Wells JC, Cortina-Borja M, Salse-Ubach N, Tondeur MC, Dolan C, Meziani C, Wilkinson C, Spiegel P, Seal AJ. The double burden of obesity and malnutrition in a protracted emergency setting: a cross-sectional study of Western Sahara refugees. PLOS Med 2012;9(10):e1001320. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pmed.1001320.

Mustapha J, Grijalva-Eternod CS, Haghparast-Bidgoli H. Economic and Gender Inequalities Are Important Determinants of Anaemia and Acute Malnutrition in Children Aged <5 years in Low- and Middle-Income Countries. Working paper 2012

Aseel Hamid


Aseel Hamid is a UCL doctoral candidate in clinical psychology. She has been trained in a range of evidence-based therapies and is employed in the NHS to provide individual and group therapy to patients with diverse clinical presentations.

Aseel has a research interest in global mental health and has published in this area, including findings from a global review in The Lancet Global Health on stigma associated with intellectual disabilities, and the first paper in the UK on Arab mental health.

Aseel is undertaking her thesis in Gaziantep, South Turkey with Syrian refugees trained in an evidence based trauma therapy by a partner NGO; an initiative in line with sustainability and capacity building goals recommended by UNHCR and WHO. This is a mixed-methods study on the effect of providing trauma therapy in the context of displacement, and the process of therapy in the context of the Syrian culture.


Furnham, A. & Hamid, A. (2014) Mental Health Literacy in non-western countries: a review of the recent literature. Mental Health Review Journal, 19, 84-98.


Hamid, A., & Furnham, A. (2013) Factors affecting attitude towards seeking professional help for mental illness: a UK Arab perspective. Mental Health, Religion & Culture, 16, 741-758.


Scior, K., Hamid, A., Hastings, R., Werner, S., Belton, C., Laniyan, A., ... & Kett, M. (2016). Consigned to the margins: a call for global action to challenge intellectual disability stigma. The Lancet Global Health, 4(5), 294-295.


Scior, K., Hamid, A., Mahfoudhi, A. & Abdalla, F. (2013b). The relationship between awareness of intellectual disability, causal and intervention beliefs and stigma in Kuwait and the UK. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 34, 3896-3905.


Professor Cornelius Katona

Professor Cornelius Katona is Medical Director of the Helen Bamber Foundation - a human rights charity working with asylum seekers and refugees. He is also Hon Professor in the Division of Psychiatry at UCL and Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Kent He has extensive expert witness experience in assessing psychiatric consequences of medical negligence and in preparing reports on the mental health of asylum seekers and refugees. He has published about 250 peer-reviewed papers. He led a Royal College of Psychiatrists working group providing guidance on writing psychiatric reports in the immigration and asylum context.


Robjant, K., Hassan, R., & Katona, C. (2009). Mental health implications of detaining asylum seekers: systematic review. Br J Psychiatry, 194(4), 306-312.


McDonnell, M., Robjant, K., & Katona, C. (2013). Complex posttraumatic stress disorder and survivors of human rights violations. Current Opinion in Psychiatry, 26(1), 1-6.


Kissane, M., Szymanski, L., Upthegrove, R., & Katona, C. (2014). Complex posttraumatic stress disorder in traumatised asylum seekers: a pilot study. The European Journal of Psychiatry, 28(3), 137-144


Arnold F, Katona C, Cohen J, Jones L, McCoy D Responding to the needs of refugees.

BMJ. 2015 Dec 16;351:h6731. doi: 10.1136/bmj.h6731.


Grant-Peterkin H, Pickles H, Katona C Mental capacity of those in immigration detention in the UK. Med Sci Law. 2016 Jul 14. pii: 0025802416657263


Katona C Non-affective psychosis in refugees. BMJ. 2016 Mar 15;352:i1279. doi: 10.1136/bmj.i1279


Katona C and Robjant R (2017). Research Topic: Complex post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in the context of human rights abuse. Frontiers in Psychiatry http://journal.frontiersin.org/researchtopic/2853/complex-post-traumatic-stress-disorder-in-the-context-of-human-rights-abuse


Robjant K, Roberts J and Katona C (2017) . Treating PTSD in female victims of trafficking using Narrative Exposure Therapy (NET): A case series. In: Complex post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in the context of human rights abuse (Katona C and Robjant K, eds) Frontiers in Psychiatry http://journal.frontiersin.org/article/10.3389/fpsyt.2017.00063/full


Sen P, Anton J, Connell E, Forrester A, Katona C, Khan A, Moran P, Robjant K, Slade K, Tan J, Widyeratna K, Youd J,. Mental health morbidity amongst people subject to immigration detention in the UK Epidemiology and Psychiatric Sciences, in press


Professor Helen Kilaspy


Helen Kilaspy is Professor and Honorary Consultant in Rehabilitation Psychiatry at University College London and Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust in the UK. She leads national and international programmes of research that focus on the assessment of quality of care for people with complex mental health problems and the evaluation of complex interventions for this group. She trained in psychiatry at the Royal Free Hospital in North London and during this time spent a year in Auckland (child psychiatry) and Melbourne (community psychiatry) which influenced her interest in international models of mental health care. She is the National Professional Adviser for mental health rehabilitation services for the hospital registration authority in England and Wales, the Care Quality Commission. She is the immediate past Chair of the Faculty of Rehabilitation and Social Psychiatry of the UK Royal College of Psychiatrists. 


Taylor Salisbury, T., Killaspy, H., & King, M. The relationship between national mental health expenditure and quality of care in longer term psychiatric and social care facilities in Europe: A cross-sectional study. British Journal of Psychiatry, In Press.

Taylor Salisbury, T., Killaspy, H., & King, M. The relationship between deinstitutionalisation and quality of care in longer term psychiatric and social care facilities in Europe: A cross-sectional study. European Psychiatry. In Press.

Bramesfeld, A., Amaddeo, F., Caldas-de-Almeida., JM., Cardoso, G., Depaigne-Lothe, A., Derenne, R., Donisic, V., Jørgensen, M., Lindelius, B., Lora, A., Mainz, J., Mulder, C., Szecsenyia, J., Killaspy, H. Monitoring Mental Healthcare on a System Level: Country Profiles and Status from EU Countries, Health Policy, 2016; 120 (6): 706-717

Killaspy, H. Supported accommodation for people with mental health problems. World Psychiatry, 2016, 15; 74-75.

Taylor Salisbury, T., Killaspy, H., King, M. An international comparison of the deinstitutionalisation of mental health care: Development and findings of the Mental Health Services Deinstitutionalisation Measure (MENDit), BMC Psychiatry, 2016; 16:54

Killaspy, H., Cardosa, G., White, S., Wright, C., Caldas de Almeida, J.M., Turton, P., Taylor, T., Schützwohl, M., Schuster, M., Cervilla, J., Brangier, P., Raboch, J., Kalisova, L., Onchev, G., Alexiev, S., Mezzina, R., Ridente, P., Wiersma, D., Visser, E., Kiejna, A., Adamowski, T., Ploumpidis, D., Gonidakis, F., King, M. Quality of care and its determinants in longer term mental health facilities across Europe; a cross-sectional analysis. BMC Psychiatry, 2016; 16:31

Killaspy, H., White, S., Wright, C., Taylor, T., Turton, P., Schützwohl, M., Schuster, M., Cervilla, J., Brangier, P., Raboch, J., Kališová, L., Onchev, G., Spiridon, A., Mezzina, R., Ridente, P., Wiersma, D., Visser, E., Kiejna, A., Adamowski, T., Ploumpidis, D., Gonidakis,F., Caldas-de-Almeida, J., Cardoso, G., King, M. Association between service user experiences and staff rated quality of care in European facilities for people with longer term mental health problems. PLoS One, 2012; 7(6): e38070.

Killaspy, H., White, S., Wright, C., Taylor, T., Turton, P., Schützwohl, M., Schuster, M., Cervilla, J., Brangier, P., Raboch, J., Kališová, L., Onchev, G., Spiridon, A., Mezzina, R., Ridente, P., Wiersma, D., Visser, E., Kiejna, A., Adamowski, T., Ploumpidis, D., Gonidakis, F., Caldas-de-Almeida, J., Cardoso, G., King, M. The Development of the Quality Indicator for Rehabilitative Care (QuIRC): a Measure of Best Practice for Facilities for People with Longer Term Mental Health Problems. BMC Psychiatry, 2011; 11:35

Harvey, C., Killaspy, H., Martino, S., White, S., Priebe, S., Wright, C., Johnson, S. A comparison of the implementation of Assertive Community Treatment in Melbourne, Australia and London, England. Epidemiology and Psychiatric Sciences, 2011; 20: 151-161.

Professor Glyn Lewis


Glyn Lewis is Professor of Psychiatric epidemiology at UCL Division of Psychiatry. His  main research interests are in the public health and epidemiology of psychiatric disorder.  He trained in psychiatry at the Maudsley Hospital and Institute of Psychiatry, UK and in epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. His main research interests include identifying factors that are possible causal factors for depression, anxiety and schizophrenia. He also carries out randomised controlled trials concerned with the management of depression in primary care, investigating both psychological and pharmacological treatments. He has an interest in how research findings can be applied to clinical practice and in teaching clinicians about critical appraisal of the scientific literature.


Ludermir, A, Lewis, G, Valongueiro, S, Araújo, T, Araya, R  (2010)  Violence against women by their intimate partner during pregnancy and postnatal depression Lancet 376: 903-910


Ludermir, A, Araya, R, Valongueiro, S, Araújo, T, Lewis G (2011) Postnatal depression in women after an unsuccessful attempted abortion British Journal of Psychiatry  198: 237-8


Ludermir, A, de Araujo, T, Alves, S, Lewis, G (2010)  Common  mental disorder in late pregnancy in women who wanted or attempted an abortion Psychological Medicine 40: 1467-73


Ludermir, A, Lewis, G (2006) Is there a gender difference in the association between informal work and common mental disorders? Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology 40: 622-7


Ludermir, A, Lewis, G (2001) Links between social class and common mental disorders in Northeast Brazil Social Psychiatry Psychiatric Epidemiology 36:101-107


Rojas G, Fritsch R, Solis J, Jadresic E, Castillo C, Gonzáles M Guajardo V, Lewis G, Peters TJ, Araya R.  (2007) Treating postnatal depression among low-income mothers in primary care in Santiago, Chile: a randomised controlled trial.  Lancet  370: 1629-37


Araya, R, Gaete, J, Rojas, G, Frisch, R, Lewis, G, (2007) Smoking and common mental disorders: a population-based survey in Santiago, Chile Social Psychiatry Psychiatric Epidemiology 42: 874-80


Araya, R, Montgomery, A, Rojas, G, Fritsch, R, Solis, J, Signorelli, A, Lewis G (2007) Common mental disorders and the built environment in Chile: a multilevel study British Journal of Psychiatry 190: 394-401


Araya, R, Rojas, G, Fritsch, R, Frank, R, Lewis, G  (2006) Inequality in health in the reformed health care system in Chile American Journal of Public Health 96: 109-113


Araya, R, Rojas, G, Lewis, G (2005)  Comparing sex inequalities in common affective disorders across countries: Great Britain and Chile Social Science and Medicine 60: 1693-1703


Araya, R, Lewis, G, Rojas, G, Fritsch, R (2003) Education and income: what is more important for mental health? Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health 57: 501-5


Araya, R, Rojas G, Fritsch R, Acuna J & Lewis G (2001)  Santiago Mental Disorders Survey: Prevalence and Risk Factors British Journal of Psychiatry 178: 228-233


Araya, R, Lewis G, Rojas G & Mann A (2001)  'Patient knows best': Detecting mental disorders in general practice: BMJ 322: 79-81


Lewis, G, Araya, R  (1995)  Is the general health questionnaire a culturally biased measure of psychiatric disorder?  Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology 30: 20-25


Araya, RC, Wynn, R, Leonard, R, Lewis G (1994) Psychiatric Morbidity, detection by physicians and frequency of consultation in primary care in Santiago, Chile: preliminary findings  Brit J Psychiatry 165: 530-533


Dr Geordan Shannon


Dr Geordan Shannon is an Australian medical doctor and researcher at the Institute for Global Health, University College London. She is currently completing her doctoral research in gender and health metrics, exploring the construction of an individualised gender equality measure in Peru using existing household survey data. Prior to commencing her PhD, she attended the University of Cambridge (Master of Philosophy in Public Health (Hon.) 2011) the University of Geneva (Advanced Certificate in Health and Human Rights, 2011) and the University of Newcastle Australia (Bachelor of Medicine  (Hon.) 2008). 

Geordan is affiliated with the UCL Economics of Global Health and UCL Gender and Global Health Groups. She is engaged with a participatory action research project against gender violence led by a network of community health volunteers in the Peruvian Amazon, and also oversees a complex community intervention to improve the quality of service engagement for homeless Indigenous Australians. 

Geordan concurrently works as the Medical Director of the NGO DB Peru, and is the Co-Founder of Global Health Disrupted, an organisation that enhances global health communication through research, technology, and the arts. She has worked as a global medic in various settings including remote Indigenous Australia, post-Tsunami Sri Lanka, the Peruvian Amazon, and rural Kenya.

Professor Essi Viding


Essi Viding is Professor of Developmental Psychopathology at the Division of Psychology and Language Sciences, University College London and adjunct faculty at Yale University Medical School Child Study Center. Her research combines a variety of methodologies, including experimental psychology, twin research, brain imaging and genotyping, in an effort to chart different developmental pathways to persistent antisocial behaviour. Professor Viding has received several prizes for her work, including the British Academy Wiley Prize in Psychology, The British Psychological Society Spearman Medal, The Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award and the Royal Society Rosalind Franklin Award. 


Lockwood, P. L., Apps, M. A., J., Valton, V., Viding, E.* & Roiser, J.P.* (2016). Neurocomputational mechanisms of prosocial learning and links to empathy. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences,  113, 9763-9768. *joint senior authorship

Puetz, V. B., Viding, E., Palmer, A., Kelly, P. A., Lickley, R., Koutoufa, I., Sebastian, C. L., & McCrory, E. J. Altered neural response to rejection-related words in children exposed to maltreatment. Journal of Child Psychology & Psychiatry, 57, 1165-1173.

Lockwood, P.L., Apps, M.A., Roiser, J.P., & Viding, E. (2015). Encoding of Vicarious Reward Prediction in Anterior Cingulate Cortex and Relationship with Trait Empathy. Journal of Neuroscience, 35, 13720-13727.

McCrory, E.J. & Viding, E. (2015) The theory of latent vulnerability: Reconceptualizing the link between childhood maltreatment and psychiatric disorder. Development and Psychopathology, 27(2), 493-505.

Sebastian, C.L., McCrory, E.J., Dadds, M., Cecil, C.A.M., Lockwood, P.L., Hyde, Z., De Brito, S.A., &Viding, E. (2014). Neural responses to fearful eyes in children with conduct problems and varying levels of callous-unemotional traits. Psychological Medicine, 44, 99-109.

Kelly, P. A., Viding, E., Wallace, G. L., Schaer, M., De Brito, S. A., Robustelli, B., & McCrory, E. J. (2013).  Cortical Thickness, Surface Area, and Gyrification Abnormalities in Children Exposed to Maltreatment: Neural Markers of Vulnerability?. Biological Psychiatry. 74(11), 845-852.

Lockwood, P.L., Sebastian, C.L., McCrory, E.J., Hyde, Z.H., Gu, X., De Brito, S.A., & Viding, E. (2013)Association of callous traits with reduced neural response to others' pain in children with conduct problems. Current Biology, 23, 901-905.

Viding, E., McCrory, E. J. (2012). Genetic and neurocognitive contributions to the development of psychopathy. Development and Psychopathology, 24(03), 969-983.

Sebastian, C.L., McCrory, E.J.P, Cecil, C.A.M., Lockwood, P.L., De Brito, S.A., Fontaine, N.M.G., & Viding, E. (2012). Neural responses to affective and cognitive Theory of Mind in children with conduct problems and varying levels of callous-unemotional traits. JAMA Psychiatry, 69(8) 814 - 822.

Viding, E., Sebastian, C. L., Dadds, M. R., Lockwood, P. L., Cecil, C. A. M., DeBrito, S., McCrory, E. J. (2012) Amygdala response to pre-attentive masked fear is associated with callous- unemotional traits in children with conduct problems. American Journal of Psychiatry, 169,1109-1116.

McCrory, E, De Brito, S. A., Sebastian, C. L., Mechelli, A., Bird, G., Kelly, P. & Viding, E. (2011) Heightened neural reactivity to threat in child victims of family violence. Current Biology, 21, R947-948.

Jones, A. P., Happé, F. G., Gilbert, F., Burnett, S., & Viding, E. (2010). Feeling, caring, knowing: different types of empathy deficit in boys with psychopathic tendencies and autism spectrum disorder. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 51, 1188-1197.

Rijsdijk,F.V., Viding, E.,* DeBrito,S., Forgiarini,M., Mechelli,A., Jones,A.P., & McCrory,E. J. P. (2010).Heritable variations in gray matter concentration as a potential endophenotype for psychopathic traits. JAMA Psychiatry, 67, 406-413. * Joint first author; corresponding author

DeBrito, S., Mechelli, A., Wilke, M., Laurens,K. R., Jones, A. P., Barker, G. J., Hodgins, S., &Viding, E. (2009). Size matters: Increased gray matter in boys with conduct problems and callous-unemotional traits. Brain, 132, 843-852.

Jones, A. P., Laurens, K. L., Herba, C., Barker, G.,& Viding, E. (2009). Amygdala hypoactivity to fearful faces in boys with conduct problems and callous-unemotional traits. American Journal of Psychiatry 166, 95-102.