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Dr Ignazio Puzzo
Senior Lecturer in Psychology


 I graduated in Experimental Psychology at the University of Padua (Italy) in 2004. Then obtained a MSc in research methods (2007) and a PhD (2010) in Psychology at the University of Essex (UK).

Prior to joining Brunel University of London as a Lecturer, I held a lecturer post at City University of London. Before then I worked as a senior clinical scientist post at Broadmoor Hospital, West London Mental Health NHS Trust from 2015 to 2018.

My current research focuses on understanding the interplay between affective, neurocognitive and social factors contributing to the development of aggressive and antisocial behaviour in children and adolescents as well as in adults mentally disordered offenders.


  1. PhD, University of Essex, United Kingdom, Oct 2007 – Oct 2010
  2. MSc Research Methods in Psychology, University of Essex, United Kingdom, Oct 2006 – Oct 2007
  3. BSc in Experimental Psychology, University of Padua, Italy, Sep 2000 – Dec 2004

Newest selected publications

Aldridge-Waddon, L., Vanova, M., Elbers, L., Puzzo, I., Muneke, J. and Kumari, V. (2023) 'Scenario-specific aberrations of social reward processing in dimensional schizotypy and psychopathy'. Scientific Reports, 12 (1). pp. 1 - 10. ISSN: 2045-2322 Open Access Link

Journal article

Puzzo, I., Aldridge-Waddon, L., Morley, E., Vacher, J., Mitchell, J., Murphy, D. and et al. (2023) 'Developing ward social climate and sense of community within a high security forensic psychiatric service: Evaluating a sense of community and social climate intervention'. The Journal of Forensic Psychiatry & Psychology, 0 (ahead of print). pp. 1 - 17. ISSN: 1478-9949 Open Access Link

Journal article

Perkins, D. and Puzzo, I. (2022) 'Technological assessment methods: New directions in the assessment of sexual offending and sexualised violence', inChallenging Bias in Forensic Psychological Assessment and Testing: Theoretical and Practical Approaches to Working with Diverse Populations. Routledge. pp. 456 - 474. ISBN 13: 9781032138282.

Book chapter

Vanova, M., Aldridge-Waddon, L., Norbury, R., Jennings, B., Puzzo, I. and Kumari, V. (2022) 'Distinct neural signatures of schizotypy and psychopathy during visual word-nonword recognition'. Human Brain Mapping, 43 (12). pp. 3620 - 3632. ISSN: 1065-9471 Open Access Link

Journal article

Puzzo, I., Aldridge-Waddon, L., Stokes, N., Rainbird, J. and Kumari, V. (2022) 'The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on forensic mental health services and clinical outcomes: A longitudinal study'. Frontiers in Psychiatry, 12. pp. 1 - 12. ISSN: 1664-0640 Open Access Link

Journal article
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