Stefania Tongin, PhD
Stefania is a Clinical Senior Lecturer (equivalent to Associate Professor) at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology, and Neuroscience (IoPPN) at King’s College London, where she also completed a PhD in Psychosis Studies in 2015. Her PhD work focused on neuroanatomical abnormalities associated with psychosis onset.
Stefania’s research focuses on the role of biological, environmental, and psychological risk factors in the development and progression of psychosis in young people. She has obtained competitive and prestigious grants – such as NARSAD Young Investigator Award, Medical Research Council and Maudsley Charity – to investigate both psychosis risk factors (e.g. social stress, adverse life experiences, etc) and the implementation of novel interventions (e.g. Individual Placement and Support with dual focus on education and employment) within the early intervention for psychosis pathway. Her most recent work, which carries great translational potential, focuses on the use of smartphone technologies to investigate the role of social stress in psychotic relapse.
She is also a qualified Clinical Psychologist both in Italy and the UK. Since 2014 Stefania has been working as an honorary Clinical Psychologist at the Outreach as Support in South London (OASIS, South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust), early detection for psychosis team. She has been invited nationally and internationally to deliver training events on the assessment of high risk for psychosis symptoms and has contributed to the training of more than 100 clinicians and researchers.