Cristina Carlisi


I am a final year PhD student interested in neurodevelopmental disorders and adolescence. My current work focuses on delineating shared and distinct brain mechanisms underlying cognition between obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and autism. Given my interest in clinical research, I was drawn to the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) because of the available access to clinical populations.

Global Public Health, George Washington University, Washington, DC
Post-baccalaureate Intramural Research Fellow, National Institute of Mental Health, NIH Bethesda, MD

Comparison of brain structure and function between children with obsessive compulsive disorder and children with autistic spectrum disorders using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI); MRI/fMRI; cognitive neuroscience; OCD; ASD; development.

My PhD focuses on using cognitive tasks and functional brain imaging to investigate shared and disorder-specific neural correlates underlying cognitive processes such as attention and reward-based decision-making in adolescents with OCD and with ASD.

I am interested in the neural mechanisms mediating atypical development and adolescent psychiatric disorders, and have previously worked in functional imaging of paediatric anxiety disorders. This project seemed to suit my interests and has been a logical continuation of my interests in cognitive development.


Professor Katya Rubia and Professor Declan Murphy
Special thanks to Professor David Mataix-Cols and Dr Bruce Clark


Child & neurodevelopmental disorders

Enabling quicker diagnosis and improved treatment of individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and other cognitive and social developmental disorders.

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