Dr Cristina Martinelli


I obtained my PhD at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (King's College London) in 2016. My thesis focused on the mechanisms underlying aberrant processing of salience in schizophrenia. Subsequently, I was awarded a NIHR-BRC Bridging Award Postdoctoral Research Fellowship to investigate the neural correlates of value processing in schizophrenia. My current research focuses on the investigation of the neuro-cognitive mechanisms that go awry in psychopathology, with a particular emphasis on schizophrenia and eating disorders. In 2008, I obtained the eligibility to practice as a Clinical Psychologist in my home country. Since 2023 I am on the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as a registered Clinical Psychologist in the UK. 

Academic responsibilities

Senior Lecturer


  • BSc (Hons) (Distinction Cum Laude) in Psychology (clinical route), LUMSA University, Rome
  • MSc (Distinction Cum Laude) in Clinical Psychology, LUMSA University, Rome
  • Eligibility to practice as a Clinical Psychologist, La Sapienza, Rome
  • MSc (Distinction ) in Mental Health and Clinical Psychology, University of Sussex, Brighton
  • PhD in Psychosis Studies, King's College London
  • Senior Fellow, Higher Education Academy

Teaching and learning

£1000 Student Consultancy Project "The use of Instagram to promote engagement in Psychology students'

Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Undergraduate courses taught

Postgraduate courses taught


Please contact me if you are interested in applying for a PhD in eating disorders or eating behaviour in the general population. Some of my current projects include:

- Sleep and disordered eating in clinical and non-clinical groups

- Cognitive biases in eating disorders and orthorexia nervosa.

- The role of interoception in the development of binge eating and disordered eating in the community

- The role of social punishment in the development and maintenance of eating disorders


£9,950.78 British Academy/Leverhulme SRG - project title: "Disordered Eating and Sleep in Adolescents at Risk for an Eating Disorder'.

£3000 CResCID grant, Kingston University - project title: "The investigation of sleep and eating patterns in individuals with sub-clinical binge eating: a pilot study"

£3,000 QR Funds Scheme, Kingston University - project title: 'Group based conspiracy theories about COVID-19 in ethnic minorities in the UK

£2,785 CResCID grant, Kingston University - project title: 'The effects of social rejection on sense of agency and cognitive control dysregulation in clinical and subclinical anorexia nervosa'

£9,961 1st Grant Scheme, Kingston University - project title: 'Sensing your body when overating: interoception and disordered eating in the general population'  

NIHR-BRC 1 year Postdoctoral Bridging Award Fellowship at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, King's College London   

NIHR-BRC 3+1 PhD Studentship at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, King's College London 

One year research bursary at the Institute of Cognitive Sciences and Technologies, National Research Council, Rome, Italy

Research student supervision

Main supervision

Other supervision


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Chong, Ka Ka and Martinelli, Cristina (2024) Weak central coherence, cognitive rigidity and disordered eating in a community sample. Eating Behaviors, 53, p. 101866. ISSN (print) 1471-0153

Martinelli, Cristina, Chami, Rayane and Reid, Sam (2023) The investigation of biases in the evaluation and knowledge of foods' healthiness and disordered eating in a community sample. Canadian Journal of Behavioural Science, 55(1), pp. 14-22. ISSN (print) 0008-400X

Rigoli, Francesco and Martinelli, Cristina (2022) A computational theory of evaluation processes in apathy. Current Psychology, ISSN (print) 1046-1310 (Epub Ahead of Print)

Rigoli, Francesco, Martinelli, Cristina and Pezzulo, Giovanni (2021) The half-empty/full glass in mental health : a reference-dependent computational model of evaluation in psychopathology. Clinical Psychological Science, 9(6), pp. 1021-1034. ISSN (print) 2167-7026

Rigoli, Francesco and Martinelli, Cristina (2021) A reference-dependent computational model of anorexia nervosa. Cognitive, Affective, & Behavioral Neuroscience, 21, pp. 269-277. ISSN (print) 1530-7026

Rigoli, Francesco, Martinelli, Cristina and Pezzulo, Giovanni (2021) I want to believe : delusion, motivated reasoning, and Bayesian decision theory. Cognitive Neuropsychiatry, 26(6), pp. 408-420. ISSN (print) 1354-6805

Rigoli, Francesco, Martinelli, Cristina and Shergill, Sukhwinder S (2019) The role of expecting feedback during decision-making under risk. NeuroImage, 202, p. 116079. ISSN (print) 1053-8119

Martinelli, Cristina, Rigoli, Francesco, Averbeck, Bruno and Shergill, Sukhwinder S. (2018) The value of novelty in schizophrenia. Schizophrenia Research, 192, pp. 287-293. ISSN (print) 0920-9964

Martinelli, Cristina, Rigoli, Francesco, Dolan, Ray J. and Shergill, Sukhwinder S. (2018) Decreased value-sensitivity in schizophrenia. Psychiatry Research, 259, pp. 295-301. ISSN (print) 0165-1781

Martinelli, Cristina, Rigoli, Francesco and Shergill, Sukhwinder S. (2017) Aberrant force processing in schizophrenia. Schizophrenia Bulletin, 43(2), pp. 417-424. ISSN (print) 0586-7614

Rigoli, Francesco, Friston, Karl J, Martinelli, Cristina, Selakovic, Mirjana, Shergill, Sukhwinder S and Dolan, Raymond J (2016) A Bayesian model of context-sensitive value attribution. eLife, 5, e16127. ISSN (online) 2050-084X

Martinelli, Cristina and Shergill, Sukhwinder S. (2015) Clarifying the role of pattern separation in schizophrenia : the role of recognition and visual discrimination deficits. Schizophrenia Research, 166(1-3), pp. 328-333. ISSN (print) 0920-9964

Martinelli, Cristina and Shergill, Sukhwinder S. (2015) Everything you wanted to know about neuroimaging and psychiatry, but were afraid to ask. BJPsych Advances, 21(4), pp. 251-260. ISSN (print) 2056-4678

Martinelli, Cristina, Cavanagh, Kate and Dudley, Robert E.J. (2013) The impact of rumination on state paranoid ideation in a nonclinical sample. Behavior Therapy, 44(3), pp. 385-394. ISSN (print) 0005-7894

Pagani, Camilla, Robustelli, Francesco and Martinelli, Cristina (2011) School, cultural diversity, multiculturalism, and contact. Intercultural Education, 22(4), pp. 337-349. ISSN (print) 1467-5986

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Professional practice, knowledge exchange and impact

Qualified a Clinical Psychologist in Italy.Worked in the NHS as a Clinical Psychologist in adaptation period. HCPC registered Clinical Psychologist. 

Leadership and management

University responsibilities

  • NSS Champion
  • Student Engagement Officer
  • Faculty Safeguarding Officer
  • Kingston Academic Practice Standards (KAPS) Assessor