Imperial College London


Faculty of MedicineDepartment of Brain Sciences

Honorary Lecturer







3/8Commonwealth BuildingHammersmith Campus





I am a Research Fellow at the Centre for Psychiatry, with a background in academic psychology and social psychiatry. 

My area of special interest is the prevention and treatment of inter-generationally transmitted psychopathology, with a particular focus on complex mental health difficulties such as personality disorder and on psychological interventions in the perinatal period. Additionally, I am working on the ACORN trial of a psychological intervention for antenatal anxiety, in the course of which I am evaluating the impact of maternal antenatal anxiety on child development, stress responsivity and epigenetics. I am currently leading an NIHR-funded feasibility randomised controlled trial of a video feedback parent-infant intervention for parents with enduring difficulties in managing emotions and relationships. Previously, I held an NIHR Doctoral Research Fellowship during my PhD research at Queen Mary University of London, which focused on treatment processes in dialectical behaviour therapy for personality disorder. This was followed by an NIHR Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at Imperial College London evaluating the interplay between post-traumatic stress disorder and personality disorder, and the implications of this comorbidity for psychological treatment. 

I very much enjoy contributing to teaching, including lecturing and supervision of undergraduate psychology and medical students and trainee psychiatrists at Imperial College London and University College London.





Barnicot K, Parker J, Kalwarowsky S, et al., 2023, Mother and clinician experiences of a trial of a video feedback parent-infant intervention for mothers experiencing difficulties consistent with 'personality disorder': A qualitative interview study, Psychology and Psychotherapy-theory Research and Practice, ISSN:1476-0835

King J, McQuaid A, Leeson VC, et al., 2023, The association of severe COVID anxiety with poor social functioning, quality of life, and protective behaviours among adults in United Kingdom: a cross-sectional study, Bmc Psychiatry, Vol:23, ISSN:1471-244X

Barnicot K, Welsh M, Kalwarowsky S, et al., 2022, Video feedback parent-infant intervention for mothers experiencing enduring difficulties in managing emotions and relationships: A randomised controlled feasibility trial, British Journal of Clinical Psychology, Vol:61, ISSN:0144-6657, Pages:1188-1210

Crawford M, Leeson V, McQuaid A, et al., 2022, Severe COVID anxiety among adults in the United Kingdom: protocol for a cohort study and nested feasibility trial of modified Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for Health Anxiety., Bmj Open, Vol:12, ISSN:2044-6055, Pages:1-9

Zarska A, Barnicot K, Lavelle M, et al., 2022, A Systematic Review of Training Interventions for Emergency Department Providers and Psychosocial Interventions delivered by Emergency Department Providers for Patients who self-harm, Archives of Suicide Research, ISSN:1381-1118

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