Patricia Zunszain

Patricia Zunszain

Dr, Reader in Neuroscience of Mental Health Education, Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

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Patricia Zunszain is a Reader in Neuroscience of Mental Health Education within the Department of Psychological Medicine. After obtaining a PhD in Organic Chemistry in her native Argentina, Patricia came to the UK to do post-doctoral work in Medicinal Chemistry at University College London, which was followed by Biophysics research at Imperial College London. In 2007 she joined the IoPPN, using her diverse set of skills to translate basic science findings into clinically relevant outcomes, while educating students and researchers.

As Student Achievement and Academic Skills Lead for the faculty, she generates and implements new initiatives to improve the overall experience of undergraduate and postgraduate students, both academically and as individuals. 

She designed and now leads the Causes and Correlates Module of Affective Disosrders within the MSc of Affective Disorders; she leads the Psychology and Neuroscience of Affective Disorders Module within the distance learning Psychology and Neuroscience of Mental Health MSc, and she designs and organizes training for BRC-funded PhD students, providing them with a comprehensive set of academic and professional skills.

Dr Zunszain takes particular pride in supervising undergraduate and postgraduate students, focusing on biochemical and social aspects of depression, resilience, diversity and neuroeducation. She co-designed and co-leads Time to Thrive, a programme that aims to promote personal growth and wellbeing.

She has developed and leads 'Self-identity and intergenerational learning', one of the first Service-learning modules within the University, where she is now Academic Lead for Service-learning. 



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


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