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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

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, 0 (in press). pp. 1 - 13. 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

Vanova, M., Aldridge-Waddon, L., Jennings, B., Elbers, L., Puzzo, I. and Kumari, V. (2021) 'Clarifying the Roles of Schizotypy and Psychopathic Traits in Lexical Decision Performance'. Schizophrenia Research: Cognition, 27. pp. 1 - 8. ISSN: 2215-0013 Open Access Link

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Harteveld, LM., Nederend, I., ten Harkel, ADJ., Schutte, NM., de Rooij, SR., Vrijkotte, TGM., et al. (2021) 'Maturation of the Cardiac Autonomic Nervous System Activity in Children and Adolescents'. Journal of the American Heart Association, 10 (4). pp. 1 - 22.Open Access Link

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Murphy, D., Mitchell, J., Morley, E., Vacher, J. and Puzzo, I. (2021) 'Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale full scale IQ of male admissions to a high secure psychiatric hospital over six decades.'. Journal of Forensic Mental Health., 20 (4). pp. 1 - 36. ISSN: 1499-9013 Open Access Link

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