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Wolfson Institute of Population Health

Alina Marinca




PhD title: Exploring the overlap between neurodevelopmental disorders and traits with adolescent hypomania.

I am a PhD student at the Unit of Psychological Medicine in the Centre for Psychiatry and Mental Health. I was awarded funding from the London Interdisciplinary School Science Doctoral Training Partnership (ESRC). See more details here.

I hold a first-class honours degree in Sociology-Psychology-Pedagogy, also, a QTS, and I am a graduate member of British Psychological Society. I just finished my MSc Child Development with UCL Institute of Education, where I am a member of Multilingual and Cognition lab.

During my undergraduate degree I have worked as an Assistant Researcher and participated in a large youth minorities cohort study. Later, working as an Assistant Psychologist, I assessed children and adolescents whose parents were going through separation, writing reports for each child assessed. Finishing my postgraduate degree, I was employed as a Specialist Psychologist in the Police Psychopathological Expertise Department Bucharest, where I received rigorous training I have a keen interest in developmental psychology, psychopathology, psychiatry and research. In 2021, I wrote a Scientific Communication 'Researchers show why play is essential for children's development', showing the essential role of play for child's language and social development. Also, I submitted an Infographic about the importance of Motivation and Engagement for individual and interpersonal wellbeing. My dissertation project was focused on exploring intrinsic and social motivation as mediators in imitation from memory in the learning process of autistic children. By working in education and therapy settings with children with Special Educational Needs including ADHD, autism and mood disorders, I have a first-hand understanding of the challenges of these conditions presenting to young people and their families.

I have a keen interest in developmental psychology, psychopathology, psychiatry and research. Using both qualitative and quantitative methodology, I am also eager to learn more about quantitative genetics.

Supervisory Team: Dr Georgina Hosang and Prof Angelica Ronald


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