Nicola O'Connell



I have a background in research in Psychology and Social Science. My previous job was working on a trial testing the effectiveness of financial incentives to improve medication adherence. The BRC/U offers a supportive and exciting PhD programme. My research comes under the BRC's "Clinical Disorders Cluster" and access to the Clinical Record Interactive Search (CRIS) has been central to my work. CRIS data linkages are a great resource for researchers and something I hope to utilise during my PhD.


BA, 1st, Psychology, Trinity College Dublin,
MPhil, Social and Developmental Psychology, University of Cambridge
MSc, Psychiatric Research, King's College London

Intern, Demos, London
Research Assistant, Geary Institute, University College Dublin
Research Assistant, Social and Community Psychiatry, Queen Mary, University of London

Conversion Disorder today: surveys of psychiatric and medical settings

I am conducting a PhD on the epidemiology of conversion disorder. Conversion disorder, or functional neurological symptom disorder, causes patients to suffer from neurological symptoms which are not thought to be caused by neurological disorder. I am investigating the occurrence of the disorder across the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (SLaM) as well as in other patient populations, using a variety of different methods.


Professor Anthony David and Professor Sir Simon Wessely


Psychosis & neuropsychiatry

Using knowledge gained from neuroscience research to improve the diagnosis, treatment and management of people with neuropsychiatric disorders, including psychoses and neurological diseases.

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