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  • Research Assistant, Cognitive debt Study
  • Division of Psychiatry
  • Faculty of Brain Sciences

I am a researcher at University College London, Division of Psychiatry. We are a European Commission-funded H2020 project investigating the impact of meditation training on mental health and well-being in the ageing population. You can find more details here. 


I have received my BSc in Psychology from the University of Groningen, my MSc in Clinical Mental Health Sciences from University College London, and research training at McGill University. I have been awarded a fellowship from the German Academic Scholarship Foundation (Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes). I am currently completing a PhD in psychology.


You can contact me at marco.psychology@gmail.com. You can also find me on ResearchGate and Google Scholar. I don't use social media.

Research Summary


As part of the European Medit-ageing group, I contribute to developing frameworks for understanding and investigating meditation practices. We are currently completing a large randomised trial to investigate the effects of an 18-month meditation training on brain and mental health in the ageing population (protocol: Poisnel et al. 2018). We are also trying to understand the impacts of mindfulness and compassion meditation on brain, cognitive, and ​emotional processes in expert meditators (protocol: Lutz et al. 2018).

My research has included the study of meditation-related difficulties and ways to address theoretical, methodological, and clinical issues that arise in the context of such difficulties (Schlosser et al. 2019).

I am currently leading IMPRINT, a research project on regular meditators' relationship to psychedelics and on the link between personality traits and meditation practice preferences: https://www.ways-of-looking.com


As part of the Marchant Lab at UCL, I investigate psychological risk factors for dementia. In particular, I am interested in the relationship between repetitive negative thinking and Subjective Cognitive Decline (Schlosser et al. 2020a) and in lifestyle habits that may reduce repetitive negative thinking (Schlosser et al. 2020b). 

We are currently completing an international, randomised trial to test if an 8-week mindfulness-based intervention can support healthy ageing in individuals with Subjective Cognitive Decline (protocol: Marchant et al. 2018).

Teaching Summary

I have been a teaching assistant on the module "Practical Statistics for Mental Health Research" on the MSc in Mental Health Sciences in the Division of Psychiatry, UCL.

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