Koraima Sotomayor-Enriquez

Thesis title: The role of mentalization and emotional regulation in interpersonal factors in young people


I earned a BS in Psychology from the Universidad Internacional del Ecuador (UIDE) in 2017. After this, I worked as an accredited Psychologist in Ecuador with children and adults using evidence-based intervention. I contributed in research projects during my undergraduate studies, and later on, I continued being involved in research as an independent researcher.

In 2020, I moved to Edinburgh and, the following year, I received a MSc in Psychological Research (Supervisor: Dr Hilary Richardson) from the School of Philosophy, Psychology, and Languages Sciences. Currently, I am a PhD Candidate in Clinical Psychology working alongside the IMMERSE project, an interdisciplinary group of researchers implementing Mobile Mental health intervention across 4 countries in Europe. My research project focus on the role of emotional regulation, mentalization, and close relationship in affect dynamics in mental health services users. 


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  • MSc Psychological Research (Merit) [2020]
  • Dipl. Evidence-based Psychotherapies [2019]
  • BS Psychology (Hons) (Summa Cum Laude) [2017]

Responsibilities & affiliations

  • Contextual Mental Health Group - Member [2021,2022,2023]
  • Graduate Member of the British Psychological Society (BPS) [2021,2022,2023]
  • PhD Student of the Centre for Applied Developmental Psychology (CADP) at the University of Edinburgh [2021,2022]
  • Member of Ecuadorian Association of Evidence-Based Psychology and Psychotherapy (AEPPBE) [2020,2021]
  • Associated Member of the British Neuropsychological Society (BNS) [2021]

Postgraduate teaching

  • Evidence Based Psychological Interventions (2022/2023)[SEM2]-Tutor
  • Applied Developmental Psychopathology (2022/2023)[SEM1] - Tutor
  • Psychological Skills Placement (2022/2023) [SEM1] - Tutor
  • Biological Psychology (2021/2022) [SEM2] - Tutor

Current research interests

Mentalization, emotion regulation, transdiagnostic approaches, developmental psychopathology

Knowledge exchange


Affiliated research centres

Project activity

  • EPIC-A
  • Day-2-Day Young people's Mental Health


  • HiSS PGR conference 2022-2023, "Integrative Approaches to Healthcare: design, innovation, and future steps", May 17- 18 of 2023, Bayes Centre, The University of Edinburgh. 

Health in Social Science PGR Representative (2022-2023)