Imperial College London


Faculty of MedicineDepartment of Brain Sciences

Honorary Research Fellow







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, Allen K, Hood C, et al., 2020, Older adult experience of care and staffing on hospital and community wards: a cross-sectional study, Bmc Health Services Research, Vol:20, ISSN:1472-6963

Barnicot K, Crawford M, 2019, Conclusions and questions from a non-randomised comparison of routine clinical services implementing different treatment models for borderline personality disorder, Psychological Medicine, Vol:49, ISSN:0033-2917, Pages:2812-2814

Katsakou C, Pistrang N, Barnicot K, et al., 2019, Processes of recovery through routine or specialist treatment for borderline personality disorder (BPD): a qualitative study, Journal of Mental Health, Vol:28, ISSN:0963-8237, Pages:604-612

Lei H, Barnicot K, Maynard E, et al., 2019, Factors influencing use of community treatment orders and quality of care that people receive: results of a national survey in England and Wales, Bjpsych Bulletin, Vol:43, ISSN:2056-4694, Pages:227-235

Barnicot K, Crawford M, 2019, Dialectical behaviour therapy v. mentalisation-based therapy for borderline personality disorder, Psychological Medicine, Vol:49, ISSN:0033-2917, Pages:2060-2068

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