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Sergio A. Silverio is a Chartered Psychologist, Social Scientist, and qualitative research expert specialising in lifecourse analysis, with a primary research interest in women’s mental health. Sergio holds two Master’s degrees, the first in Psychological Sciences (Clinical & Health Psychology) from the University of Liverpool; the second in Psychological and Psychiatric Anthropology from Brunel University London. At Liverpool he was trained as a Grounded Theorist – a methodology he would later employ in his Thesis focused on never married older women, gender identity, and social networks; which attracted critical acclaim from The British Psychological Society. His Thesis at Brunel focused on anxiety and the antenatal clinic; and won the Society for Reproductive and Infant Psychology’s 40th Anniversary Master’s Thesis Prize. His Doctoral research at King’s College London has attracted a Personal Fellowship from the NIHR Applied Research Collaboration – South London.

Sergio joined King’s College London in 2019 having previously worked within various academic institutions, most notably the University College London’s Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Institute for Women’s Health, where he led the qualitative arm of an NIHR-funded national study investigating women’s experiences of accessing early pregnancy assessment units. At King’s, Sergio is the Qualitative Research Lead for both the School of Life Course & Population Sciences and the Qualitative Knowledge Hub at the King’s Health Partners Institute for Women & Children’s Health. In this role, he has a mandate for the development, delivery, improvement, evaluation, and expansion of the qualitative research provision which – along with the Advanced Qualitative Methods Short Course he leads – has quickly gained national and international reputation for excellence.

Sergio’s research focuses on the qualitative experience of women’s identity changes over the lifecourse; and especially at lifecourse ruptures such as during experiences of loss – be that loss of identity, perceived loss of sanity, or loss through bereavement. His work adopts a critical female psychology lens, which enables him to focus on and the psychological, socio-political, and emotional impacts caused by these key life transitions. Most recently, Sergio has led the largest portfolio of international research dedicated to understanding the effects of the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic on maternity care, pregnancy, childbirth, and perinatal bereavement, including how we re-configure, recover, and re-build services and care provision. Sergio has a successful track-record of attracting grant funding and supervising students at both Master’s and Doctoral level. He is open to enquiries from prospective students whose research interests or methodological approaches align with his own.

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 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Psychological and Psychiatric Anthropology, Master in Science, Brunel University London

24 Sept 201816 Sept 2019

Award Date: 11 Dec 2019

Integrated Master of Psychological Sciences (Clinical & Health Psychology), Master in Science, A Qualitative Examination of Gender Identity in the Never Married Older Woman., University of Liverpool

24 Sept 201220 May 2016

Award Date: 19 Jul 2016

External positions

Senior Lecturer in Psychology, Liverpool John Moores University

1 Dec 2022 → …

Honorary Lecturer, University of Liverpool

19 Jan 2022 → …

Honorary Fellow, University of Liverpool

1 Mar 201919 Jan 2022

Honorary Research Fellow, EGA Institute for Women's Health, Faculty of Population Health Sciences, University College London, London, UK.

1 Jan 201922 Jan 2022

Research Assistant (Suzy Lamplugh Trust), The Jill Dando Institute of Security and Crime Science, University College London

1 Nov 201817 Feb 2019

Research Assistant in Qualitative Methods, EGA Institute for Women's Health, Faculty of Population Health Sciences, University College London, London, UK.

1 Jan 201831 Oct 2018

Research Assistant, Evidence-based Practice Research Centre, Faculty of Health and Social Care, Edge Hill University

3 Oct 201631 Dec 2017


  • BF Psychology
  • Women's Mental Health
  • Lifecourse Analysis
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Health Psychology
  • Psychological Anthropology
  • Psychiatric Anthropology
  • Medical Psychology
  • Medical Anthropology
  • Qualitative Research
  • Grounded Theory
  • Cross-Disciplinary Research


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