Prof. Paola Dazzan




Academic Degree(s)

M.D., Ph.D.


Current Position

  • Professor of Neurobiology of Psychosis, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King’s College London; Honorary Consultant Psychiatrist, National Perinatal Psychiatry Services, South London and Maudsley (SLAM) NHS Trust;
  • Vice-Dean International, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King’s College London


Professional Experience

  • Member, MRC Clinical Training and Career Development Panel
  • Deputy Editor, Schizophrenia Research; and Associate Editor and Editorial board member, Nature Schizophrenia
  • Elected, Executive Board, Academic Division, Royal College of Psychiatrists
  • Elected, Board of Directors, Schizophrenia International Research Society
  • Elected, Executive Board of Academic Division, Royal College of Psychiatrists


Education & Training

  • MD, Medicine, School of Medicine, Cagliari University (Italy) (Honours)
  • Psychiatry, University of Cagliari, Italy (Honours)
  • Psychiatry, Senior House Officer Rotation (Maudsley Hospital, London)
  • MRCPsych, Royal College of Psychiatrists Membership, London
  • Psychiatry, Honorary Specialist Registrar (Maudsley Hospital, London)
  • PhD, Psychiatry, Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London
  • FRCPsych, Royal College of Psychiatrists, London


Research Grants

  • MRC Medical Research Foundation, £297,550.00 (PI).
  • EU 7th Framework Program, (PSYSCAN). € 5,998,346 (Co-PI)
  • MRC NIHR EME, Total funding £1,800,000, KCL Funding £219,000 (Sponsor: B. Deakin; KCL PI: P Dazzan)
  • EUFP7 Program, Optimization of Treatment and Management of Schizophrenia in Europe Total Funding: €11,186,830, KCL Funding: € 1,750,922 (PIs: Kahn, Kapur)
  • NARSAD, Independent Investigator Award; £70,000 (PI)
  • Wellcome Trust Project Grant (PI: Morgan); £519,148



  • Academic of the year Award, Royal College of Psychiatrists
  • NARSAD Independent Investigator Award
  • American Psychiatric Association, International Member
  • Young Minds in Psychiatry Award, American Psychiatric Association
  • Young Scientist Award, 13th Biennial Winter Workshop on Schizophrenia
  • Young Investigator Award, International Congress of Schizophrenia Research
  • NARSAD Young Investigator Award
  • Young Scientist Award, 11th Biennial Winter Workshop on Schizophrenia


Selected Publication

  • Crossley N,… Dazzan P. 2017 Connectomic correlates of response to treatment in first-episode psychosis. Brain, 2017 Feb;140(Pt 2):487-496. Editor’s Choice February 2017.
  • Nieuwenhuis M, … Dazzan P. Multi-center MRI prediction models: Predicting sex and illness course in first episode psychosis patients. Neuroimage. 2017 Jan 15;145(Pt B):246-253.
  • Mondelli V, …Dazzan P, Pariante CM. Brain microglia in psychiatric disorders. Lancet Psychiatry. 2017 Apr 25. pii: S2215-0366(17)30101-3.
  • Palaniyappan L, … Dazzan P. Globally Efficient Brain Organization and Treatment Response in Psychosis: A Connectomic Study of Gyrification. Schizophr Bull. 2016 Nov;42(6):1446-1456.
  • Mondelli V, … Dazzan P. Cortisol and Inflammatory Biomarkers Predict Poor Treatment Response in First Episode Psychosis. Schizophr Bull. 2015 Sep;41(5):1162-70.