Paolo Fusar-Poli

Paolo Fusar-Poli

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Paolo Fusar-Poli is a Professor and Chair of Preventive Psychiatry at the Department of Psychosis Studies, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience (IoPPN), King's College London (KCL), where he heads the Early Psychosis: Intervention and Clinical-detection Laboratory (EPIC Lab). He is also an honorary consultant psychiatrist in the Outreach And Support In South-London (OASIS) mental health service at the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, one of the oldest and largest preventive services worldwide. Much of his research utilises evidence-based medicine, clinical prediction, neurosciences and experimental therapeutics and aims to develop new and effective strategies to improve the early detection and prevention of mental disorders.

He completed his medical studies, psychiatric training, PhD and first consultant job at the University of Pavia, Italy, where he is Associate Professor. During his PhD he moved to the IoPPN: this collaborative relationship has continued ever since.

He is author of about 500 publications in PubMed journals, with h-index of 111 (up to May 2023), invited speaker and/or chairman in several national and international scientific conferences and principal investigator or co-investigator of national and international grants focused on the prevention of mental disorders. He chairs national and international clinical research networks for the prevention of mental disorders.

  • 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022  Highly Cited Researcher (top 1% by citations for field and year in the Web of Science)
  • 2023 ranked as the number one expert in psychosis in the world (top 0.0022% out of 46,235 ranked scientists up to May 2023)
  • 2012 and 2019 External Advisory, DSM-5 and DSM-5TR Psychosis Working Group, US.

Research interests

Research interests

  • Preventive psychiatry
  • Early detection
  • Early interventions
  • Mental health screening
  • Youth mental health
  • Promotion of good mental health
  • Clinical prediction
  • Neurosciences
  • Evidence-Based Medicine
  • Phenomenology

Research groups


Ad-hoc lecturer in several undergraduate and postgraduate courses.

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 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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