Professor Veena Kumari obtained a PhD in Psychology from Banaras Hindu University, India in 1993 prior to joining the Institute of Psychiatry, London for post-doctoral research. She became a Beit Memorial Research Fellow in 1999, a Wellcome Senior Fellow in Basic Biomedical Science in 2002, and a Full Professor in 2006 at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience (formerly known as the Institute of Psychiatry), King’s College London, UK. She left King’s College London in 2016 to join the Sovereign Health Group (USA) as the Chief Scientific Officer and returned to the UK in 2018 to join Brunel University London as Professor of Psychology and the Director of the Centre for Cognitive Neuroscience (CCN).
Her research interests include the neurobiological effects of pharmacological and psychological treatments in psychosis, neurobiology of violence in mental illness, psychobiology of addiction, and personality and brain functioning. Prof Kumari has over 250 publications in reputed psychology, psychiatry and neuroscience journals (H index >60; cumulative citations >10,000) and received various national and international awards for her research including the Young Investigator Award from the National Alliance of Research on Schizophrenia and Depression, USA (1999), research fellowship from BEIT Memorial Foundation (1999-2002), the BAP (British Association of Psychopharmacology) Clinical Psychopharmacology Prize (2002), Wellcome Senior Fellowship in Basic Biomedical Science (2002-2009), and most recently the prestigious Humboldt Research Award (2014).
Professor Kumari has supervised a large number of post-graduate and doctoral students and served in editor or editorial board member roles for a number of psychology and psychiatry journals.
Newest selected publications
Vanova, M., Aldridge-Waddon, L., Jennings, B., Puzzo, I. and Kumari, V. (2020) 'Reading Skills Deficits in People with Mental Illness: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis'. European Psychiatry. pp. 1 - 70. ISSN: 0924-9338 Open Access Link
Kumari, V. (2020) 'Emotional abuse and neglect - time to focus on prevention and mental health consequences'. British Journal of Psychiatry, 217 (5). pp. 1 - 5. ISSN: 0007-1250 Open Access Link
Aldridge-Waddon, L., Vanova, M., Munneke, J., Puzzo, I. and Kumari, V. (2020) 'Atypical social reward anticipation as a transdiagnostic characteristic of psychopathology: A meta-analytic review and critical evaluation of current evidence'. Clinical Psychology Review, 82. pp. 101942 - 101942. ISSN: 0272-7358
Premkumar, P., Kuipers, E. and Kumari, V. (2020) 'The path from schizotypy to depression and aggression and the role of family stress'. European Psychiatry, 63 (1). pp. 1 - 35. ISSN: 0924-9338 Open Access Link
Premkumar, P., Alahakoon, P., Smith, M., Kumari, V., Babu, D. and Baker, J. (2020) 'Mild-to-moderate schizotypal traits relate to physiological arousal from social stress'. Stress. pp. 1 - 15. ISSN: 1025-3890 Open Access Link