Lucia Valmaggia
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Research interests

I am a Professor of Clinical Psychology in Youth Mental Health at Orygen - Centre for Youth Mental Health, University of Melbourne, Australia. I am a Visiting Professor at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King's College London, UK and at KU Leuven, Belgium  


My research has been in two areas; Early Intervention and Immersive Reality (XR) applied to mental health. My work has focused on the prevention and early detection of mental health problems, in particular psychosis. I have extensive experience in service implementation in the community and I set up the first service for prevention and early detection of psychosis in a prison setting.


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, A randomised Controlled Trial of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy with Treatment Refractory Positive Symptoms of Schizophrenia, University of Manchester

Award Date: 1 Jan 2003

Master of Science, Clinical Psychology, University of Groningen

Award Date: 1 Jan 1995

External positions

Visiting Professor, KU Leuven

1 Mar 2019 → …

President of IEPA-Early Intervention in Mental Health

1 Jan 20191 Jan 2021

President-Elect, IEPAEarly Interevention in Mental Health

1 Jan 201731 Dec 2019

External examiner for the Mental Health Sciences Research/Clinical Mental Health Sciences , UCL University College London



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