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Dr Renata Fialho is Clinical Psychologist and Clinical Researcher, with extensive experience working with adults with mental health difficulties. She completed her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology in Lisbon, master’s in Medical and Psychology School in HIV and her PhD in chronic illness and neurocognition from the University of Sussex. Currently, Dr Renata Fialho works in an NHS specialist service at the general hospital, having developed extensive experience with Post covid syndrome, depression, anxiety, emotional difficulties associated with chronic illness, physical persistent symptoms, and Functional Neurological Disorders.

Dr Fialho has worked as consultant and researcher in different HIV projects in collaboration with Gilead and AbbVie Industry in Lisbon; worked as a trial manager and trial therapist in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Randomized clinical trials, with a wide range of clinical presentations such as psychosis, trauma, depression, and obsessive-compulsive disorder. Dr Fialho published in several academic journals and is still actively involved in mental health research, with an active role in teaching and supervision experience.

Dr Fialho is passionate about developing her professional skills and has experience with a range of psychological approaches including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Social Recovery Therapy and Solution Focus Therapy.



Research interests in neurocognition and DSH  in Neurodivergent presentations, Pain Persistent Symptoms and Functional Neurological Disorders.

Clinical supervisor for Assured Study Supporting people who self-harm presenting in Emergency Department City University of London –

Clinical experience with Neurodiversity presentations in acute care ED,  offering brief psychological treatment and assessments with particular interest in ASd and ADHD. 

Active areas of research Physical Persistent Symptoms, neuroinflammatory model of depression.


  • University of Sussex, School of Psychology, Brighton Degree: PhD, Year: 2016

  • European Master of University of Coimbra (Portugal), Comptulense University of Madrid (Spain) and University of Lumiere Lyon 2 (France) Degree: Masters, Year: 2007

  • University Lusofona de Humanidades e Tecnologias, Psychology School, Lisbon Degree: Clinical  Psychologist, Year: 2002 


  • Honorary Research Fellow at City, University of London 

  • Member of the Liaison Faculty Executive Committee 

  • Representative of Clinical Liaison Psychology at Royal College of Psychiatrist 


  • Morrison, A. P., Pyle, M., Maughan, D., Johns, L., Freeman, D., Broome, M. R., ... & Yung, A. (2020). Antipsychotic medication versus psychological intervention versus a combination of both in adolescents with first-episode psychosis (MAPS): a multicentre, three-arm, randomised controlled pilot and feasibility study. The Lancet Psychiatry, 7(9), 788-800.

  • Barreira, D. P., Marinho, R. T., Bicho, M., Fialho, R & Ouakinin, S. R. S. (2019). Psychosocial and neurocognitive factors associated with hepatitis C–Implications for future health and wellbeing. Frontiers in psychology, 9, 2666.

  • Fialho, Renata, Pereira, Marco, Gilleece, Yvonne, Rusted, Jennifer and Whale, Richard (2018) A longitudinal study assessing depression in hepatitis C: does gender play a role in the new-onset depression during interferon-alpha treatment? Women & Health. ISSN 0363-0242

  • Fialho, R., Pereira, M., Harrison, N., Rusted, J., & Whale, R. (2017). Co-infection with HIV associated with reduced vulnerability to symptoms of depression during antiviral treatment for hepatitis C. Psychiatry Research, 253, 150-157. doi:10.1016/j.psychres.2017.03.049

  • Fialho, R., Pereira, M., Rusted, J., & Whale, R. (2017). Depression in HIV and HCV co-infected patients: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Psychology, Health & Medicine, 1-16

  • Pereira, M., & Fialho, R. (2016). Assessment of factors associated with the quality of life of patients living with HIV/HCV co-infection. Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 1-15.

  • Fialho, R., Pereira, M., Bucur, M., Fisher, M., Whale, R., & Rusted, J. (2016). Cognitive impairment in HIV and HCV co-infected patients: a systematic review and meta-analysis. AIDS care, 1-14.

  • Fialho, R., Burridge, A., Pereira, M., Keller, M., File, A., Tibble, J., & Whale, R. (2015). Norepinephrine-enhancing antidepressant exposure associated with reduced antiviral effect of interferon alpha on hepatitis C. Psychopharmacology, 1-6

  • Fialho, R., Keller, M., File, A., Woods, C., Pereira, M., Yousseff, E., Tibble, J., Harrison, N., Fisher, M., Rusted, J., & Whale, R. (2014). HCV triple therapy in co-infection HIV/HCV is not associated with a different risk of developing major depressive disorder. Journal Of The International AIDS Society, 17(4). doi:10.7448/ias.17.4.19629

  • Whale, R., Fialho, R., Rolt, M., Eccles, J., Pereira, M., Keller, M., ... & Tibble, J. (2015). Psychomotor retardation and vulnerability to interferon alpha induced major depressive disorder: Prospective study of a chronic hepatitis C cohort. Journal of psychosomatic research.

  • Pereira, M., Fialho, R., Canavarro, C. (2014). Prevalence and correlates of emotional distress in HIV HCV co infection, AIDS Care: Psychological and Socio-Medical Aspects of AIDS/HIV.  DOI:10.1080/09540121.2014.906549

  • Bucur, M., Thompson, A., Fialho, R., Whale, R (2015) Systematic review of randomised interventions for patients at high risk of developing psychosis: 2015 update. International Congress of The Royal College of Psychiatrists, 2015.

  • Whale, R, Pereira M, Fialho, R (2014) Predictors of 12 moth continuation of paliperidone long acting treatment for schizophrenia: a naturalistic cohort study. European Neuropharmacology 09/2014; 24 (Supplement 2): S526-S527. DOI:10.1016/s0924-977X(14)70843-0.

  • Whale R, Fialho R (2013) Cohort Study of Paliperidone Palmitate Long Injection Treatment in Sussex. British Association for Psychopharmacology, BAP Summer Meeting.

  • Presentations at Royal College of Psychiatrits Liaison Psychiatry Conference. MDT Model for Neurotherapy Pathway - Acute setting Dr Renata Fialho, ESH Liaison Psychiatry, Dr Hakan Yonel, ESH Liaison Psychiatry, Dr Mok, ESH Neurology.

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