VerityDi Masco
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Verity Di Masco

Verity has worked in mental health for over 20 years, in several posts including as a research psychologist at the Division of Mental Health,
St George’s Hospital and Medical School.

Her research has focused on insight and psychosis, mothers experiencing postnatal depression and the mental health of parents who are in-patients in mental health units.

Verity’s PhD looked at how psychiatrists make the decision to compulsorily detain patients under the Mental Health Act (1983/2007).

Awards

Economic & Social Research Council PhD Studentship

Verity is the course leader for Psychology of Mental Health MSc and Occupational Psychology MSc 

Verity currently teaches on the following modules

  • Law and Ethics in Mental Health
  • Treatment Interventions
  • Resilience and Mindfulness
  • Work and Wellbeing

Verity is currently supervising the following research:

Undergraduate

  • The relationship between emotional intelligence, mental toughness and adjusting towards long-term illness.
  • The relationship between sensory processing sensitivity, depression and anxiety symptoms

Postgraduate

  • From Boys to Men: Black Men’s experiences of Mental Health
  • Developing an explanatory framework of career development in mothers returning to management positions after maternity leave

Professional Doctorate

  • Exploring psychiatric nurses’ experiences of the therapeutic relationships with patients in acute inpatient settings.
  • Mental health peer support workers within the NHS
  • An investigation into how first generation Nigerian mothers living in the UK experience postnatal depression.
  • The relationship between emotional intelligence, mental toughness and adjusting towards long-term illness.
  • The relationship between sensory processing sensitivity, depression and anxiety symptoms

Verity is currently launching a study that will look at secondary school teacher’s Experiences of Managing Mental Health Problems in school children, across 3 sites in South London. 

Research

  • Critical Factors in Recovery from Postnatal Depression. Di Mascio V, Kent A, Fiander M, Lawrence J. 
  • The Archives of Women’s Mental Health. (2008) 11(4), 253-7.

Books

  • Gatekeeping Madness: How professional and institutional influences affect the decision to detain patients under the Mental Health Act 1983. Di Mascio V. (2018) (in preparation for book publication)

Dr Verity Di Mascio
Lecturer in Psychology
E: v.dimascio@londonmet.ac.uk