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Dr Leo Bevilacqua
Appointment
  • Senior Teaching Fellow - Dissertation Supervisor in Psychology
  • IOE - Psychology & Human Development
  • UCL Institute of Education
  • Research Fellow
  • Epidemiology & Public Health
  • Institute of Epidemiology & 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. 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 an 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 the cost-effectiveness of Multi-systemic therapy for adolescents with conduct disorders and antisocial behaviour. 

From May 2014 to November 2018 I worked as a Research Assistant within Population, Policy and Practice programme at UCL GOS Institute of Child Health, under the supervision of Professor Russell Viner, Professor Bianca De Stavola and Dr Edward D. Barker (at King's College London, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience). I was involved in the Learning Together study, a randomised controlled trial that investigated the effectiveness of a whole-school intervention to reduce bullying and antisocial behaviour in 40 schools in London. During these years, I completed my PhD which investigated outcomes, predictors and developmental processes of different conduct problems trajectories. As part of my PhD, I employed several statistical methods such as random-effects meta-analysis, structural equation modeling and G-Formula.  

Research Summary

I am a Honarary Research Fellow within the Developmental Risk and Resilience Unit at UCL, Department of Clinical, Educational and Health Psychology. I am currently supervised by Professor Essi Viding and I am working within the context of a study that investigates reward processing in youth with conduct problems (with and without callous-unemotional traits). 

I joined the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health in February 2020 as a Research Fellow to work with Dr Rebecca Lacey on a project that investigates how adverse childhood experiences predict developmental trajectories of internalising and externalising problems across childhood and adolescence using the Millennium Cohort Study. 



Teaching Summary

I am a Senior Teaching Fellow - Dissertation Supervisor at UCL Institute of Education, Department of Psychology and Human Development. I supervise ten students across four MSc programs and teach within the module "Atypical Development". 

I am currently a demonstrator within Psychology and Language Sciences (PaLS). I am in charge of marking lab reports and providing feedback to undergraduate Psychology students. 

I am an Associate Member of the Higher Education Academy (AFHEA).

I have taught Antisocial Behaviour and Health within the MSc in Health Psychology at UCL.

Appointments
12-NOV-2018 Research Fellow Department of Clinical, Educational and Health Psychology UCL, Division of Psychology and Language Sciences, United Kingdom
Academic Background
2012   Master of Science University College London
2011   Master of Science University College London
2010   Bachelor of Science Universita degli Studi di Roma La Sapienza
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