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Mr Leonardo Bevilacqua
Appointment
  • Research Assistant
  • ICH Pop, Policy & Practice Prog
  • UCL GOS Institute of Child Health
  • Faculty of Pop Health Sciences
Biography

I obtained my BSc in Psychology in 2010 from La Sapienza (Rome) and as part of it I was awarded an ERASMUS studentship to study and complete my final year research project at University of Sunderland, UK. 


I then completed an MSc in Clinical Neuroscience at UCL Institute of Neurology in 2011. An article version of my research project has been published on BMJ Case Reports in April 2014.


I completed my second MSc in Psychoanalytic Developmental Psychology at UCL Anna Freud Centre in 2012 and in the same year I was appointed as a visiting student at University of Cambridge, MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit to investigate brain and cognitive correlates of sub-clinical hypertension.


From January to May 2013 I worked within UCL Division of Psychiatry within a randomised controlled trial investigating cost-effectiveness of Positive Behaviour Support to decrease aggressive behaviour in patients with intellectual disabilities. 


In September 2013 I started collaborating with Dr Ted Barker at King's College London, Institute of Psychiatry. The project investigated the association between bullying and psychosis in childhood and adolescence. 


From January to May 2014 I worked as a Honorary Research Assistant at UCL Developmental Neuroscience Unit. The project I was involved in was "The Neurobiological Correlates of Aggression and Empathy in Adolescence", a branch of the START study: a trial investigating cost-effectiveness of Multi-systemic therapy for adolescents with conduct disorders and antisocial behaviour.


Research Groups
Research Summary

I am currently working within Population, Policy and Practice at UCL GOS Institute of Child Health, under the supervision of Professor Russell Viner and Ted Barker (at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience). The main projects I am involved in are 1) a randomised controlled trial investigating the effectiveness of a whole-school intervention to reduce bullying and victimisation in 40 schools in London 2) Predictors and outcomes of adolescent health and mental health: we are individual and environmental factors underlying health, mental health and behaviour (particularly conduct problems) in adolescence and early adulthood outcomes.

Teaching Summary

I am currently a demonstrator within Psychology and Language Sciences (PaLS).

I provide help and support to first year Psychology students. I am also in charge of marking lab reports and providing feedback. 

I am currently involved in teaching Antisocial Behaviour and Health within the MSc in Health Psychology at UCL. 


Academic Background
2012 MSc Master of Science – Psychoanalysis University College London
2011 MSc Master of Science – Clinical Neuroscience University College London
2010 BSc Bachelor of Science – Psychology Universita degli Studi di Roma La Sapienza
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