About Monica

Monica strives to understand individuals holistically, taking into account biopsychosocial factors and the impact that unique life experiences may have had on their goals and behavioural patterns. empowering people to realise their potential, build personal strength and develop confidence and skills necessary to achieve their goals.

Background & Career

Monica completed her clinical degree and training at the Adler University in Chicago in 2012 and later gained a PhD in Neuropsychology from University of Essex in 2016. Her doctoral degree focussed on the relationship between brain activation patterns and behaviour, including social cognition and motor control. 

 

Since then, she published a number of scientific papers in neurophysiology and social cognitive neuroscience. Her current interests are innovating healthcare to improve diagnosis and treatment delivery to enable accessible and effective care.

 

Her clinical experience include NHS CAMHS neurodevelopmental service, adult inpatient rehabilitation and recovery services for individuals with chronic and severe mental health problems, as well as private practice working with children and adults with psychiatric disorders, neurodegenerative conditions, strokes and brain injuries. She has also been the Director of Psychological Services in a UK based private mental health company. 

Expertise

Monica has specialist understanding of the relationship between brain and behaviour, and the psychological factors that can influence cognitive performance, behavioural patterns, well being and mental health. 

 

She has expertise in the recording and interpretation of functional brain activation patterns (EEG) and the therapeutic use of brain stimulation (tDCS/tACS and TMS) and neurofeedback.

 

She has developed an approach to integrate neuroscience with clinical practice using a brain-computer interface and commercially available technology to improve assessments, diagnostics and treatments, which enable higher quality care. 

 

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