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Dr Liam Mason
444, 4th Floor (Clinical Psychology)
1-19 Torrington Place
London
Tel: 0207 679 4466
Appointment
  • Lecturer in Clinical Psychology
  • Clinical, Edu & Hlth Psychology
  • Div of Psychology & Lang Sciences
  • Faculty of Brain Sciences
Biography

I completed my PhD in cognitive neuroscience at the University of Manchester in 2012. I then undertook a second doctorate whilst completing my clinical training at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (King's College London). After qualifying as a Clinical Psychologist in 2015, I maintained an honorary appointment with King's College London whilst practicing clinically in the NHS and applying for clinical postdoctoral fellowships. 

 

In 2017 I moved to the Max Planck UCL Centre for Computational Psychiatry, part of the Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Neuroimaging. In September 2018, I became a Lecturer in Clinical Psychology. 

 

I continue to work in the NHS, as a senior clinical psychologist in South London and Maudsley National & Specialist services. As part of my role there, I deliver specialist psychological therapies for psychosis and bipolar disorder.

 

 

Research Summary

My main research interests include: 

 

1) Mechanisms of mood and decision-making, especially how mood can amplify or attenuate how we perceive risks and rewards. My clinical focus is on mood instability, particularly in bipolar disorder. 

2) Improving psychological interventions through understanding their psychological and neurobiological mechanisms of action. This work has had a particular focus on CBT for psychosis.

 

More recently I have become interested in approaches from computational neuroscience. In particular, developing and testing models that can precisely specify the relationships between someone's mood, behaviour and brain activity in real-time. 


I combined functional neuroimaging (EEG, fMRI and more recently fNIRS) with smartphone-based measures, including from remotely administered cognitive tasks and from passive data.

 

 

Teaching Summary

I primarily teach on the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology

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