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Sergio A. Silverio

Academic Psychologist

Sergio A. Silverio is an academic Psychologist with a research interest in women’s mental health over the lifecourse. He first read for a Masters in Psychological Sciences at the University of Liverpool, where he specialised in Clinical and Health Psychology. His work at the University of Liverpool focused on key life transitions such as pregnancy, motherhood, and widowhood. Here, he developed an interest in Lifecourse Analysis and qualitative methods and was trained in Grounded Theory – a methodology he later employed to analyse his thesis data. This work explored the experiences of never married older women’s gender identity and social networks and attracted critical acclaim from The British Psychological Society.

Since graduating, Sergio has worked within various academic departments, most notably as a Research Assistant in Qualitative Methods at the University College London’s Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Institute for Women’s Health where he is now an Honorary Research Fellow, and as a Research Assistant in Qualitative Analysis of Women’s Health at the Department of Women & Children’s Health, King’s College London, before being promoted to Research Associate in Social Science of Women’s Health. Most recently, he has been made an Honorary Fellow at the University of Liverpool’s Department of Psychology, where he first trained as a Psychologist, and has read for a Master’s in Psychological and Psychiatric Anthropology, completing a thesis entitled: ‘Anxiety and the Antenatal Clinic’, which won the Society for Reproductive and Infant Psychology 40th Anniversary Thesis Prize.

As an academic Psychologist, most of his research focuses on the qualitative experience of women’s identity changes over the lifecourse. He adopts a critical female psychology lens, which enables him to focus on and the psychological, social, and emotional impacts caused by these key life transitions. Having worked on various research projects, with mainly qualitative data, he have become an experienced qualitative researcher with particular expertise in in-depth interviewing on sensitive topics and inductive analytical methodologies. He holds both national and international collaborations, covering work which involves – at one end – embracing critical psychology perspectives to contribute new theoretical bases for research, and – at the other – adopting formal evaluative frameworks to influence, adapt, and transform policy.