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Dr Pia Pechtel

Wellcome Trust Research Fellow

 01392 72 4616

 Sir Henry Wellcome Building for Mood Disorders Research 


Sir Henry Wellcome Building for Mood Disorders Research, University of Exeter, Queens Drive, Exeter, EX4 4QQ, UK


Dr. Pia Pechtel is a Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Career Development Fellow and a registered clinical psychologist. Her research focusses on the intersection of developmental neuroscience and clinical psychology. Dr. Pechtel’s translational research aims to (1) identify the impact of child abuse on adolescent brain development, (2) investigate if changes in emotion and reward brain circuitries predict high-risk behaviours (e.g., self-harm) and (3) translate this information into novel treatment approaches. To achieve this, she uses electroencephalography (EEG), structural and functional magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and computational methods.


since 2016       Registered Clinical Psychologist (HCPC Registration: PYL 33880), UK

2013-2016       Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, University of Exeter, UK

2004-2008       Ph.D. in Psychology, Massey University, New Zealand/Aotearoa

2002-2004       M.Phil. (with distinction) in Education, Massey University, New Zealand/Aotearoa

1999-2002       Vor-Diplom in Psychology, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Gerhardt-Mercator Universität,   

                         Universität Osnabrueck, Germany



Research grants

  • 2018 Wellcome Trust
    Neurobiological mechanisms of relief in adolescents with a history of sexual abuse


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