Imperial College London

Dr Sofia Pappa MD, Ph.D

Faculty of MedicineDepartment of Brain Sciences

Honorary Senior Lecturer







Charing Cross HospitalCharing Cross Campus





Dr Sofia Pappa is an Hon Senior Lecturer at the Division of Psychiatry, Imperial College London and a Specialty Lead in Mental Health for the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR). She also works as a Consultant Psychiatrist and Mood & Psychosis Research Lead at West London NHS Trust.

She has dual training in Neurology and Psychiatry and was awarded a European scholarship for the completion of her PhD. She subsequently obtained a fellowship for postdoctoral research at the Institute of Psychiatry, Kings College London, evaluating the neuromotor dysfunction in early psychosis.

Her research interests include neuropsychopharmacology and the management of affective and psychotic disorders. She has also a keen interest in the interface between physical and mental health, neuropsychiatry (particularly in movement and sleep disorders)  and patient involvement.  

Dr Pappa has received a number of awards and grants and has acted as Principal Investigator for several clinical trials. She has published in high impact journals and regularly reviews manuscripts for top ranked journals and NIHR  applications.

She has significant experience in teaching including in her role as Imperial Medical School Tutor and Associate Clinical Professor in Psychiatry, RUSM Medical School and in clinical management, having served as Clinical Lead for Adult Mental Health Services in the past.



Pappa S, Chen J, Barnett J, et al., 2021, A systematic review and meta-analysis of the mental health symptoms during the Covid-19 pandemic in Southeast Asia, Psychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences, ISSN:1323-1316

Kalniunas A, Chakrabarti I, Mandalia R, et al., 2021, The association between antipsychotic-induced akathisia and suicidal behaviour: a systematic review, Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment, ISSN:1176-6328

O'Driscoll C, Shaikh M, Finamore C, et al., 2021, Profiles and trajectories of mental health service utilisation during early intervention in psychosis, Schizophrenia Research, Vol:237, ISSN:0920-9964, Pages:47-53

Pataka A, Kotoulas S, Sakka E, et al., 2021, Sleep Dysfunction in COVID-19 Patients: Prevalence, Risk Factors, Mechanisms, and Management, Journal of Personalized Medicine, Vol:11

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