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Dr Francesca Solmi
6th Floor, Wing B, Maple House
149 Tottenham Court Road
  • Wellcome Trust Research Fellow
  • Division of Psychiatry
  • Faculty of Brain Sciences
Research Themes
Research Summary

My background is in international policy and epidemiology. For my PhD, I studied the epidemiology of eating disorders and eating disorders behaviours (with particular focus on purging behaviours) in two UK samples of adults and adolescents. One of my aims was to substantiate emerging evidence on the existence of a 'purging disorder' which is distinct from bulimia nervosa. 

I currently work in the Division of Psychiatry in the PsyLife group, led by Dr James Kirkbride. My research focuses on investigating the extent to which exposure to deprivation throughout the life course is associated with an increased risk of developing non-affective psychosis and psychotic symptoms as well as pathways that explain this association. I primarily work with data from the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children (ALSPAC) and Swedish national registers. 

I maintain an active interest in eating disorder research and I supervise a number of students who are currently undertaking eating disorders-related dissertations. 

Teaching Summary
I teach on a number of MSc programmes offered by UCL and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM). 

  • MSc in Mental Health Sciences (UCL Division of Psychiatry): Core research methods module; Epidemiology module, Statistics module (as a teaching assistant)
  • MSc in Child and Adolescent Mental Health (UCL, Institute of Child Health); Epidemiological research methods in child & adolescent mental health
  • MSc Clinical Nutrition and Eating Disorders (UCL): Statistical methods in eating disorders research
  • MSc in Epidemiology/MSc Public Health (LSHTM): Social epidemiology of schizophrenia and other psychoses (co-taught with Dr Kirkbride, who designed the lecture) 
I currently supervise 5 MSc students with their dissertation as first supervisor and 1 as second supervisor. 
Academic Background
2014 PhD Doctor of Philosophy – Epidemiology University College London
2010 MSc Master of Science – Epidemiology London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
2008 MA Master of Arts – International Relations Johns Hopkins University
2006 BA Hons Bachelor of Arts (Honours) – International Relations University of Sussex
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