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Wolfson Institute of Population Health

Daniele Porricelli


Research Assistant



I completed my BSc in Psychology with Cognitive Neuroscience at Goldsmiths University of London in 2020, where I had the opportunity to work as a research assistant on a research project which explored how brain stimulation (transcranial alternate current stimulation) can affect cognition across the lifespan. I also completed an MSc in Affective Disorders at King’s College London in 2021, where I studied the origin and treatments options for depressive, anxiety and bipolar disorders. In my MSc thesis I explored how personality characteristics, autistic traits and affective symptoms can independently affect interpersonal functioning. 

During my MSc I completed an internship at the Maudsley Advanced Treatment Service (MATS) within the Maudsley Hospital in South London. MATS offers a specialized, fast-track, tertiary simplified referral service for patients with complex and difficult-to-treat affective disorders. My role was to help patients to recover after Ketamine administration as well as electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) used for treating severe depressive symptoms.

Currently, I am a Research Assistant within the Youth Resilience Unit (YRU) working on the Development of Emotional Resilience (DEER) study. The DEER study is a Bart’s Charity funded project which seeks to investigate which factors contribute towards the development of emotional resilience in children as young as 7 to 10 years old.


Research Interests:

My personal research interests lie in understanding the causes of affective disorders, especially anxiety disorders, as well as exploring what factors may allow people to better manage their emotions and improve their emotional resilience.

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