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Dr Liam Mason
440, 4th Floor (Clinical Psychology)
1-19 Torrington Place
Tel: 0207 679 1907
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  • Principal Research Fellow
  • Imaging Neuroscience
  • UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology
  • Faculty of Brain Sciences
  • Associate Professor
  • Clinical, Edu & Hlth Psychology
  • Div of Psychology & Lang Sciences
  • Faculty of Brain Sciences

I joined the department as a Lecturer in Clinical Psychology in 2018 and was subsequently awarded an MRC Clinician Scientist Fellowship, based at the Max Planck Centre for Computational Psychiatry, part of the Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Neuroimaging.

I am a supervisor on several PhD programmes, including the MRC DTP PhD pathway. I have supervised MSc/MRes students from the Cognitive Neuroscience, Cognitive and Decision Sciences, Social Cognition, and Advanced Neuroimaging programmes. I find supervision to be one of the most rewarding aspects of being a researcher and academic, and my style is to always strive to match the level of work put in by students I supervise. 

I also welcome applications from postgraduate students for internships and placements.

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 have maintained an honorary appointment with King's College London. 

 In 2017 I moved to the Max Planck UCL Centre for Computational Psychiatry (Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Neuroimaging). In September 2018, I took up a Lectureship 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

Research supervision:

  • I typically supervise 2 Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (DClinPsy) doctoral research projects each year
  • I currently supervise 3 PhD students at UCL

  • Doctorate in Clinical Psychology
  • MSci Psychological Science

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