Dafni Katsampa

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Dafni is a psychology graduate with an MSc in Clinical Mental Health Sciences from UCL. She is currently an ECR at MARCH Network (UCL) and working as a Research Assistant at the Middlesex University on a suicide prevention project commissioned by Samaritans and Network Rail. She is exploring bystander life-saving interventions when someone is at risk and/or feeling suicidal at public places. Her research interests include suicide prevention, social determinants and their impact on mental health, health inequalities and promotion of wellbeing through cultural engagement. Dafni is a book-eater and podcast enthusiast.

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“Mens sana in corpore sano”: outdoor activities can shape the body and mind

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Francesca Bentivegna and Dafni Katsampa summarise a recent mixed methods study, which looks at the mental health benefits of purposeful activities in public green spaces in urban and semi-urban neighbourhoods.

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Knitting makes me happy

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Dafni Katsampa reviews a recent qualitative study that examines the perceived benefits of knitting and its role in the lives of people who self-identified as passionate knitters.

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Mental illness in clinical psychologists: stigma stops people from seeking help

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Dafni Katsampa considers how mental health problems can affect clinical psychologists, and the impact that stigma has on disclosure and help-seeking.

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Risk factors for suicide in people with bipolar disorder

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Dafni Katsampa explores a recent prospective cohort study of risk factors for suicide in bipolar disorder, which finds significant variation in risk factors in men and women.

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Can smoking cessation improve cognitive functioning in people with psychosis?

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Dafni Katsampa explores a recent prospective cohort study that investigates the association between smoking behaviour and cognitive functioning in patients with psychosis, their siblings and healthy control subjects.

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Can museums help prevent dementia?

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Dafni Katsampa and Derek Tracy get all cultured and summarise a retrospective cohort study of museum attendance and dementia incidence, which suggests that cultural engagement may help protect us from cognitive decline.

The research is led by Daisy Fancourt who heads up the new MARCH Network which is launching later this month.

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