Tobias Hauser

Principal Investigator

Tobias is the head of the Developmental Computational Psychiatry group and a Sir Henry Dale Fellow. He wants to understand how neurocognitive development can go awry and lead to mental health problems during childhood and adolescence.

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Nadescha Trudel

Postdoctoral Fellow

Nadescha is interested in the neurocomputational mechanisms of decision-making, learning and metacognition. In the DCP lab, she focuses on processes underlying information search behaviour and confidence judgments in OCD patients and healthy controls by using a combination of large-scale online data sets, neuroimaging methods and computational models.

Tricia Seow

Postdoctoral Fellow

Tricia’s research interests lie in understanding the role of decision making and metacognition in compulsivity, a subcomponent of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) that has transdiagnostic relevance. In the DCP, she will further investigate neurocognitive mechanisms that predict the success or failure of standardised cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) for OCD, with the ultimate goal of understanding mechanisms underlying OCD and improving CBT outcomes

Vasilisa Skvortsova

Postdoctoral Fellow

Research interests:
• Neurobiological origins of decision making in healthy and OCD subjects
• Computational models of learning and decision making in volatile environments
• Using smartphone apps for cognitive neuroscience research in citizen science projects (

Magda Dubois

PhD Student

Magda is a PhD student on the Comp2Psych Programme.

Alisa Loosen

PhD Student

Alisa is a PhD student on the Comp2Psych Programme. She is interested in the neurocomputational mechanisms underpinning metacognition in obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). It is her goal to develop computational models to better understand the relationship between brain, cognition and psychiatric symptoms across development.

Maddy Payne

PhD Student

Maddy is a rotation student on the UCL-Birkbeck MRC DTP. She is interested in adolescence as a period of heightened risk for developing mental health conditions. Through her PhD, Maddy is keen to explore how development in reinforcement learning, information seeking and metacognition might help explain onset of mental health conditions such as depression. In her rotation in the DCP lab, she aims to design a task to measure metacognition in children and young people and learn more about implementing computational methods of analysis to explore these questions.

Sam Hewitt

PhD Student

Sam is a PhD student on the UCL-Birkbeck MRC-DTP. He Is interested in how we learn to be motivated toward certain actions, how changes in motivation and decision-making relate to the development of mental health conditions and the brain mechanisms which are important in this. Prior to joining the DCP lab, Sam worked as a Research Assistant in the Department of Clinical Neuroscience at the University of Cambridge.

Johanna Habicht

Research Assistant

Johanna is interested in understanding how the brain works and how we make decision, especially how decision making changes over the development and why so many psychiatric problems arise during that time.

Sarah Bühler

Rotation PhD Student

Sarah is a PhD student funded by the LiDo programme. She wants to study people’s brains and behaviours as they learn, perceive things or gather information, in the hope of better understanding how and why differences in these processes emerge with the development of mental health conditions. During her rotation with the lab, she will look at how threat changes information gathering behaviour in healthy groups and patients.

Larisa Dinu

Rotation PhD Student

Larisa is a rotation PhD student on the LIDo DTP. She has a BSc in Psychology and MSc in Psychiatric Research. Larisa is interested in the early detection and prevention of mental health disorders, heterogeneity and dynamic cognitive changes across the lifespan. In her rotation, she works on developing an ecological sampling method for understanding variability in impulsivity and compulsivity in young people.

Stan Majewski

Placement Student

Stan is a third-year medical student intercalating in neuroscience. He is most interested in altered decision making in mental health conditions and why the adolescence period is so critical within this.


Aislinn Bowler

Research Assistant

Aislinn has an interest in understanding the origins of altered neurodevelopmental trajectories of cognition and how these result in developmental disorders or mental health problems.

Benjamin Chew

PhD Student

Benjamin was a PhD student on the Comp2Psych Programme. His research interests revolve around the neural and algorithmic principles underlying learning and decision making, with an eventual goal towards understanding how these processes differ in people with mental health problems.