Clara Calia

School Deputy Director of Research Ethics & Integrity. Lecturer in Clinical Psychology


Clara has obtained a PhD in Psychology at Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh (2016) and a Clinical Doctorate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy in Italy (2014). She also completed a PgDip in Cognitive Neuroscience at Oxford Brookes University (2010), as well as an MSc in Clinical Psychology (2008) and a BSc in Psychology (2006) in Italy. She has been working in both research and clinical settings in the area of neuropsychology and clinical psychology since 2008 with a wide range of patients and conditions.

Clara has worked in multidisciplinary projects and in translational research focused on the mechanisms underlying normal and abnormal cognitive ageing. She has been involved in numerous collaborations with UK academics and NHS institutions but has also worked with international labs aiming to deliver novel tools for the assessment and intervention of people at risk of developing dementia. Clara’s main research interests are in the areas of Neuropsychology, Cognitive Psychology and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), with a focus on the cognitive aspects of human memory. Recent areas of work also include research on global mental health in low and middle-income countries (LMIC) and cross-cultural psychology.

Clara is currently collaborating with the Global Health Academy and the Global Academy of Food Insecurity and Agriculture in various research projects. She is also collaborating with Council for At-Risk Academics (CARA)


Responsibilities & affiliations


2009-2018. Professional membership of the Italian Psychologist Association. N.2931

2010. Graduate Member of the British Psychological Society. N. 266240

2015. British Neuropsychological Society. BNS_538

2016. Member of the Scottish Dementia Research Consortium (SDRC)

2017. Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). N. PYL 35480

2018. Fellow of the Global Academy of Food Insecurity and Agriculture. University of Edinurgh

2019. Fellow of the Global Health Academy. University of Edinburgh

2020. Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. PR185879

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