Clara Calia

Senior 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 Postgraduate Certificates in Academic Practice at the University of Edinburgh (2020), 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.

She is currently working as a Senior Lecturer in Clinical Psychology on the Clinical Doctorate in psychology at the University of Edinburgh (UK) and as a member of the anti-racism group in the Clinical Doctorate in the UK and the Human Rights Consultant group of the British Psychology Society (BPS). She also worked as the Ethics & Integrity Lead role in Clinical Psychology and, between 2019 and 2022, as Deputy Director of Research (Research Ethics and Research Integrity) at the School of Health in Social Science at the University of Edinburgh.

Social justice is the main drive of her research and clinical work, by promoting principles of equity, ethics, participation, dialogue with culturally diverse populations, and those at risk of social injustice. Clara is currently collaborating Council for At-Risk Academics (CARA)

Clara’s main research interests are in the areas of Neuropsychology, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Global mental health, Cross-cultural psychology and Ethics in global research.


Responsibilities & affiliations


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

2010. 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

2022. Fellow of the Usher Institute. University of Edinburgh

2022. BPS- Human Rights Advisory group

Open to PhD supervision enquiries?


Research summary

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.