Psychoanalysis Unit


Sophie Wallace-Hanlon

Sophie Wallace-Hanlon is a Research Assistant at the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families and UCL. She joined the Psychoanalysis Unit in 2020 and works on both national and international clinical trials funded by The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR). She is currently working on multiple randomized control trials including SUMMIT, an international evaluation of the impact of group interpersonal therapy (g-IPT) in Lebanon and Kenya for women with postnatal depression and the Mentalization for Offending Adult Males (MOAM) trial, of mentalization based therapy for male offenders with antisocial personality disorder (ASPD) within the national probation service. Additionally, she is working on the Safer London and UCL collaboration of a qualitative study to develop a better bereavement support model for families and communities in the aftermath of a murder of a child. Sophie has also worked on additional projects including the national evaluation of the i-THRIVE framework and Probing Social Exchanges, which investigates neural and behavioural signatures of borderline personality disorder and ASPD during social processes.

She completed her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology at the University of Surrey and previously worked as a Research Assistant at the Social, Genetic and Developmental Psychiatry Centre at King’s College London, on a project investigating whether combining cognitive training and transcranial direct current stimulation can improve inattention and self-control in adolescent boys with ADHD.    

Her publications include:

Westwood, S., Bozhilova, N., Criaud, M., Lam, S., Lukito, S., Wallace-Hanlon, S., Kowalczyk, O., Kostara, A., Mathew, J. P., Wexler, B. E., Kadosh, R. C., Asherson, P., & Rubia, K. (2022). The effect of transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) combined with cognitive training on EEG spectral power in adolescent boys with ADHD: A double-blind, randomized, sham-controlled trial. IBRO Neuroscience Reports, 12, 55–64. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ibneur.2021.12.005

Westwood, S. J., Criaud, M., Lam, S. L., Lukito, S., Wallace-Hanlon, S., Kowalczyk, O. S., Kostara, A., Mathew, J., Agbedjro, D., Wexler, B. E., Cohen Kadosh, R., Asherson, P., & Rubia, K. (2021). Transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) combined with cognitive training in adolescent boys with ADHD: a double-blind, randomised, sham-controlled trial. Psychological Medicine, 1–16. https://doi.org/10.1017/s0033291721001859 

How to contact Sophie Wallace-Hanlon

Psychoanalysis Unit
Research Department of Clinical, Educational and Health Psychology
University College London
Gower StreetLondon