Imperial College London

Dr Braulio M. Girela Serrano

Faculty of MedicineDepartment of Brain Sciences

Honorary Clinical Research Fellow







Commonwealth BuildingHammersmith Campus





Dr. Braulio Girela is a Clinical Research Fellow at the Centre for Psychiatry at Imperial College London. He also has an honorary Contract at the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services in the NHS with CNWL NHS Foundation Trust. His research focuses on investigating the impact of wireless devices on the mental health of adolescents under the supervision of Dr. Martina Di Simplicio within the Mood Instability Research Group


Braulio qualified as a medical doctor at the University of Granada, including one year at the Victoria University of Manchester and one year at the Autonomous University of Barcelona. He then trained in Psychiatry at the Santa Ana Hospital and the San Cecilio University Hospital in Granada, developing a research interest in the area of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. During his residency he spent 6 months as visiting scholar at the Zucker Hillside Hospital in New York, supported by a Spanish Society of Psychiatry (SEP) and Spanish Society of Biological Psychiatry (SEPB) Scholarship, to gain experience in children mental health research, with a focus on mood disorders. During his training he also completed his MSc in Neuroscience and Pain at the University of Granada. Braulio was awarded the first prize for the Best Scientific Poster Award “30th Conference of the Andalusian Association of Mental Health Professionals-AEN, 2015” and the “I Premio José Rallo, Best Scientific Poster” at the II International Congress of Patient Based Psychiatry (iPBP), 2016.


He was awarded with a Fellowship for Advanced Training from the Alicia Koplowitz Foundation to continue his research in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Imperial College London.



Girela-Serrano B, Miguélez-Fernández C, Abascal-Peiró S, et al., 2023, Diagnostic trajectories of mental disorders in children and adolescents: a cohort study, European Child and Adolescent Psychiatry: Official Journal of the European Society for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, ISSN:1018-8827

Kadirvelu B, Bellido Bel T, Wu X, et al., 2023, Mindcraft, a mobile mental health monitoring platform for children and young people: development and acceptability pilot study, Jmir Formative Research, Vol:7, ISSN:2561-326X, Pages:1-13

Garcia-Jimenez J, Gomez-Sierra FJ, Martinez-Hortelano A, et al., 2023, Cigarette smoking and risk of suicide in bipolar disorder: a systematic review, Frontiers in Psychiatry, Vol:14, ISSN:1664-0640

Girela-Serrano B, Miguelez C, Porras-Segovia AA, et al., 2023, Predictors of mental health service utilization as adolescents with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder transition into adulthood, Early Intervention in Psychiatry, Vol:17, ISSN:1751-7885, Pages:252-262

Bodoano Sánchez I, Mata Agudo A, Guerrero-Jiménez M, et al., 2023, Treatment of post-psychotic depression in first-episode psychosis. A systematic review., Nord J Psychiatry, Vol:77, Pages:109-117

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