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Domenico Giacco

Job Title
Associate Clinical Professor
WMS - Health Sciences
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Research Interests

My research focuses on harnessing the power of positive social relationships and reducing social isolation of people with mental health conditions in order to improve their mental health and quality of life. My ongoing projects focus on: a) Improving social networks and quality of life of people with psychosis (SCENE); b) developing and implementing a peer support programme for family members and friends of people treated under the Mental Health Act (OPAL); c) improving access and experience of care of people from minority ethnic groups (ARIADNE); d) testing a brief psychological intervention to reduce self-harm (ASSURED project). I have recently completed projects aimed to improve experience and outcomes of involuntary treatment, identify effective and implementable ways of involving family and friends in acute mental health treatment and assessing alternative models of mental health care provision at a mental health system level. I am also involved in collaborative work with the World Health Organisation and I contributed to the development of a health evidence network review, and a technical guidance on mental health care for refugees and migrants.


I was born in Naples (Italy) and obtained my medical degree, specialisation in psychiatry and PhD at the University of Naples SUN (currently University of Campania "Luigi Vanvitelli"). I have moved to England in 2012 and worked at East London NHS Foundation Trust as Consultant Psychiatrist and Senior research Fellow, accruing experience and expertise in research in social psychiatry at the Unit for Social and Community Psychiatry of the Queen Mary University of London. I have joined the Warwick Medical School and the University of Warwick in November 2019.

Title Funder Award start Award end
NIHR PGfAR via East London NHS Foundation Trust - ASSURED project - to develop and test a new intervention for people who present in Emergency Departments who have harmed themselves or have thoughts of ending their life. National Institute for Health Research (DoH) 01 Nov 2019 30 Apr 2025
NIHR PRP: One-to-one Peer support for family members and friends of patients treated under the mentAL health act (OPAL)", National Institute for Health Research (NIHR DoH) 01 Jun 2021 30 Nov 2023
NIHR PGfAR via East London NHS Foundation Trust - SCENE - Improving quality of life and health outcomes of patients with psychosis through a new structures intervention for expanding social networks. National Institute for Health Research (DoH) 01 Nov 2019 30 Sep 2022
AddRessing the ImpAct of coviD-19 paNdEmic on the access to and experience of mental health care of people from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic groups (ARIADNE) - NIHR PRP St2 (Stage 1: 68108) National Institute for Health Research (NIHR DoH) 14 May 2021 13 May 2022