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
Heym, N., Heasman, BC., Hunter, K., Blanco, SR., Wang, GY., Siegert, R., (2019) 'The role of microbiota and inflammation in self-judgement and empathy: implications for understanding the brain-gut-microbiome axis in depression.'. Psychopharmacology. pp. 1 - 12. ISSN: 0033-3158 Open Access Linket al.
Kumari, V. (2019) 'Is clinical psychiatry about to get smarter? A commentary on ‘Objective smartphone data as a potential diagnostic marker of bipolar disorder’'. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 53 (4). pp. 361 - 362. ISSN: 0004-8674
Baker, H., Barry, T., Kumari, V., Pandey, R., Niraula, S. and Lau, J. (2019) 'Problematic attention processing and fear learning in adolescent anxiety: testing a combined cognitive and learning process model'. Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry, 62. pp. 146 - 153. ISSN: 0005-7916 Open Access Link
Waltmann, M., O'Daly, O., Egerton, A., McMullen, K., Kumari, V., Barker, GJ., (2018) 'Multi-echo fMRI, resting-state connectivity, and high psychometric schizotypy'. NeuroImage: Clinical, 21. pp. 101603. ISSN: 2213-1582 Open Access Linket al.
Wongupparaj, P., Sumich, A., Wickens, M., Kumari, V. and Morris, RG. (2018) 'Individual differences in working memory and general intelligence indexed by P200 and P300: A latent variable model'. Biological Psychology, 139. pp. 96 - 105. ISSN: 0301-0511 Open Access Link