Dr Petra Gronholm

Research Fellow at the Health Services and Population Research Department at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience at King’s College London


Dr Petra Gronholm is a Research Fellow at the Health Services and Population Research Department at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience at King’s College London. Her research interests include understanding and reducing stigmatisation and discrimination experienced by people with mental illness. Currently Petra works as the scientific coordinator of the Indigo Partnership research programme; an international research collaboration developing and testing new methods to reduce mental-health-related stigma with a focus on low- and middle-income countries. She is also collaborating on a number of other projects focused on the experience of persons living with mental illness, e.g. in terms of stigma, discrimination, and human rights, and advising on work to conduct and evaluate anti-stigma interventions.

Dr Lucia Valmaggia

Dr Lucia Valmaggia

Reader in Clinical Psychology and Digital Mental Health at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King’s College London


Dr Lucia Valmaggia works as Reader in Clinical Psychology and Digital Mental Health at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King’s College London where she leads the Virtual Reality Lab, and she is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist at the South London and Maudsley NHS Trust. In her career to date she has conducted research, which is clinically relevant and directly applicable to the delivery of clinical services. Her work has focused on the prevention and early detection of mental health problems, in particular psychosis. Lucia has extensive experience in service implementation in the community and she set up the first service for prevention and early detection of psychosis in a prison setting. She conducts experimental studies using virtual reality to explore the effects of adverse life experiences on the appraisal of social situations.

Dr Tatiana Taylor Salisbury

Dr Tatiana Taylor Salisbury

Lecturer in Global Mental Health at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King’s College London


Dr Tatiana Taylor Salisbury is Lecturer in Global Mental Health at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King’s College London. She is also Deputy Director of the World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Research and Training in Mental Health at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience and a member of the Centre for Global Mental Health. Dr Salisbury uses human-centred design to help health and community service providers in low resource settings actively engage communities in the development of scalable and sustainable solutions to positively transform their health, wealth and relationships. Her interest is around how mental health prevention and treatment interventions can be developed to reduce stigma. Her research focuses on mental health systems and service delivery and evaluation. Her work includes the use of co-design to develop and test an intervention to support young mothers’ mental wellbeing during pregnancy and the year after birth, research into the aetiology of and stigma associated with mental health problems among children and adolescents living with HIV in Uganda and comparison of health system characteristics and quality of residential rehabilitation care across Europe.

Joseph Ventura, PhD

Joseph Ventura, PhD

Director of the Functional Outcome and Symptom Assessment Core of the UCLA


Joseph Ventura, PhD, is a member of the UCLA Department of Psychiatry Faculty, the Director of the Functional Outcome and Symptom Assessment Core of the UCLA Center for Cognition and Emotion in Schizophrenia, and the Director of the Cognitive Remediation program at the UCLA Aftercare Research Program. Dr. Ventura has obtained research funding from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), the National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia (NARSAD), and the pharmaceutical industry to study diagnostic and symptom assessment, longitudinal course, and functional outcomes in schizophrenia. His published research has concentrated on cognitive remediation training, predictors of course and functional outcome in first episode schizophrenia patients, including stressful life events, positive and negative symptoms, disorganization, insight, and neurocognition. Areas of recent interest include factors that are associated with recovery from schizophrenia, biomarkers, social cognition, and the development of interview-based assessments of cognitive functioning. Dr Ventura played a major role in the development and publication of methods for standardizing diagnostic and psychiatric symptom assessment training and quality assurance. His work has set standards for achieving and maintaining high levels of interrater reliability aimed at preventing ‘rater drift.’ His latest project for which he has received support from Fullbright Scholar program US involves the development of an early intervention program for CHR individuals in Tunisia, North Africa.
2021 AMECA Seminar Series