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Dr Chiara Nosarti  PhD MSc
Senior Lecturer in Mental Health Studies and Neuroimaging

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Institute of Psychiatry
Box  P063
De Crespigny Park
United Kingdom, SE5 8AF

location 5.44
Main Wing
departmentsPsychosis Studies
alsoCognition Schizophrenia and Imaging (CSI) Laboratory
General Psychiatry


My research focuses on the neurodevelopmental changes following early brain injury and on the identification of neuroanatomical biomarkers for schizophrenia.

activities and interests

processes of neuronal plasticity; functional MRI of high order cognitive functions, neuroimaging predictors of the development of psychosis in those at high risk

teaching activities


PhD supervision on 1. the long-term sequelae of very preterm birth and 2. the identification of functional biomarkes in schizophreia

MSc Mental Health Studies Programme

Module leader ’Mind and Brain’

Maudsley Forum

Since 2002 I have been involved in the planning and implementation of the “Maudsley Forum - A course for European psychiatrists”, organised by Professor R. Murray and other colleagues at the Institute of Psychiatry. This is an annual weekly course for selected junior psychiatrists from European countries.

Mental Health Studies » Masters (MSc)


Nosarti C, Walshe M, Rushe TM, Rifkin L, Wyatt J, Murray RM, Allin MP (2011). Neonatal ultrasound results following very preterm birth predict adolescent behavioral and cognitive outcome. Developmental Neuropsychology, 36:118-35. PMID: 21253994

Nosarti C, Mechelli A, Herrera A, Walshe M, Shergill SS, Murray RM, Rifkin L, Allin MP (2010). Structural covariance in the cortex of very preterm adolescents: A voxel-based morphometry study. Human Brain Mapping. Sep 17. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 20853378

Dutt A, Shaikh M, Ganguly T, Nosarti C, Walshe M, Arranz M, Rifkin L, McDonald C, Chaddock CA, McGuire P, Murray RM, Bramon E, Allin MP (2010). COMT gene polymorphism and corpus callosum morphometry in preterm born adults. Neuroimage, 4:148-53. PMID: 20659569

Lawrence EJ, Allen G, Walshe M, Allin M, Murray R, Rifkin L, McGuire PK, Nosarti C (2010). Corpus callosum size and empathy in adults with a history of preterm birth. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society. 16:716-20. PMID: 20441689

Lawrence EJ, McGuire PK, Allin M, Walshe M, Giampietro V, Murray RM, Rifkin L, Nosarti C (1010). The very preterm brain in young adulthood: the neural correlates of verbal paired associate learning. Journal of Pediatrics. 156:889-95. PMID: 20346460

Cole J, Toga AW, Hojatkashani C, Thompson P, Costafreda SG, Cleare AJ, Williams SCR, Bullmore ET, Scott J, Mitterschiffthaler MT, Walsh ND, Donaldson C, Mirza M, Marquand A, Nosarti C, McGuffin P, Fu CHY (2010). Subregional hippocampal deformations in major depressive disorder. Journal of Affective Disorders. 26:272-7. PMID: 20392498

Nosarti C, Mechelli A, Green DW, Price CJ (2010). The impact of second language learning on semantic and nonsemantic first language reading. Cerebral Cortex. 20:315-27. PMID: 19478033

Bhattacharyya S, Morrison P, Fusar-Poli P, Martin-Santos R, Borgwardt S, Winton-Brown T, Nosarti C, O’ Carroll C, Seal M, Allen P, Mehta M, Stones J, Tunstall N, Giampietro V, Kapur S, Murray RM, Zuardi AW, Crippa JA, Atakan Z, McGuire PK (2010). Opposite effects of Delta-9-Tetrahydrocannabinol and cannabidiol on human brain function and psychopathology. Neuropsychopaharmacology. 35:764-74. PMID: 19924114

Nosarti C, Shergill SS, Allin MP, Walshe M, Rifkin L, Murray RM, McGuire PK (2009). Neural substrates of letter fluency processing in young adults who were born very preterm: alterations in fronto-occipital-cerebellar networks. Neuroimage. 47:1904–1913. PMID: 19376243

Narberhaus A, Lawrence E, Allin MP, Walshe M, McGuire PK, Rifkin L, Murray RM, Nosarti C (2009). Neural substrates of visual paired associates in young adults with history of very preterm birth: alterations in fronto-parieto-occipital networks. Neuroimage. 47:1884-1893. PMID: 19376244

Mehta MA, Golembo NI, Nosarti C, Colvert E, Mota A, Williams SCR, Rutter M, Sonuga-Barke EJS (2009). Amygdala, hippocampal and corpus callosum size following severe early institutional deprivation: The English and Romanian Adoptees Study Pilot. The Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry. 50:943-51. PMID: 19457047

Bhattacharyya S, Fusar-Poli P, Borgwardt S, Martin-Santos R, Nosarti C, O’ Carroll C, Allen P, l Fletcher P, Crippa JA, Giampietro V, Mechelli A, Atakan Z, McGuire P (2009). Delta-9-Tetrahydrocannabinol modulates medial temporal and striatal function in humans: a neural basis for the effects of cannabis on learning and psychosis. Archives of General Psychiatry. 66:442-51. PMID: 19349314

Lawrence E, Rubia K, Murray RM, McGuire PK, Walshe M, Allin M, Giampietro V, Rifkin L, Williams SCR, Nosarti C (2009). The neural basis of response inhibition and attention allocation as mediated by gestational age. Human Brain Mapping. 30:1038–50. PMID: 18412112

Kontis D, Catani M, Cuddy M, Walshe M, Nosarti C, Jones D, Wyatt J, Rifkin L, Murray R, Allin M (2009). Diffusion Tensor MRI of the corpus callosum and cognitive function in adults born preterm. NeuroReport 20:424-28. PMID: 19218872

Nosarti C, Giouroukou E, Healy E, Rifkin L, Walshe M, Reichenberg A, Chitnis X, Williams SCR, Murray RM (2008). Grey and white matter distribution in very preterm adolescents mediates neurodevelopmental outcome. Brain. 131:205-17. PMID: 18056158

Walshe M, Rifkin L, Rooney M, Healy E, Nosarti C, Wyatt J, Stahl D, Murray RM, Allin M (2008). Psychiatric disorder in young adults born very preterm: role of family history. Eur Psychiatry. 23:527-31. PMID: 18774275

Parker J, Mitchell A, Kalpakidou A, Walshe M, Nosarti C, Rifkin L, Wyatt J, Murray R, Allin M (2008). Cerebellar growth and behavioural and neuropsychological outcome in preterm adolescents. Brain. 131:1344-51. PMID: 18372312

Allin M, Walshe M, Fern A, Nosarti C, Rushe TM, Cuddy M, Wyatt J, Rifkin L, Murray RM (2008). Cognitive maturation in preterm and term born adolescents. Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery & Psychiatry. 79:381-6. PMID: 18056564

Nosarti C, Giouroukou E, Micali N, Rifkin L, Morris RG, Murray RM (2007). Impaired executive functioning in young adults born very preterm. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society. 13:571-81. PMID: 17521479

Allin M, Nosarti C, Narberhaus A, Walshe M, Frearson S, Wyatt J, Rifkin L, Murray R (2007). Growth of the corpus callosum in adolescents born preterm. Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine. 161:1183-1189. PMID: 17682017

Nosarti C, Rubia K, Smith AB, Frearson S, Williams SC, Rifkin L, Murray RM (2006). Altered functional neuroanatomy of response inhibition in adolescent boys who were born very preterm. Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology. 48:265-71. PMID: 16542513

Rubia K, Smith A, Woolley J, Nosarti C, Heyman I, Taylor E, Brammer M (2006). Progressive specialisation of task-specific frontal and parietal brain regions mediating executive functions: a developmental study with fast, event-related fMRI. Human Brain Mapping. 27:973-93. PMID: 16683265

Lancefield K, Nosarti C, Rifkin L, Allin MPG, Sham P, Murray RM (2006). Cerebral asymmetry in 14yr olds born very preterm. Developmental Brain Research. 1093:33-40. PMID: 16696955

Nosarti C, Allin MPG, Frangou S, Rifkin L, Murray RM (2005). Decreased caudate volume is associated with hyperactivity in adolescents born very preterm. Biological Psychiatry 57:661-6. PMID: 15780854

Patel MX, Baker D, Nosarti C (2005). Injection phobia: a systematic review of psychological treatments. Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy 33:343-9.

Allin MPG, Salaria S, Nosarti C, Wyatt J, Rifkin L, Murray RM (2005). Vermis and lateral lobes of the cerebellum in adolescents born very preterm. NeuroReport 16:1821-4. PMID: 16237334

Tartaro J, Roberts JV, Nosarti C, Crayford T, Luecken L, David AS (2005). Who benefits? Distress, adjustment and benefit-finding among breast cancer survivors. Journal of Psychosocial Oncology 23:45-64. PMID: 16492651

Nosarti C, Rushe TM, Woodruff PWR, Stewart AL, Rifkin L, Murray RM (2004). Corpus callosum size and very preterm birth: relationship to neuropsychological outcome. Brain 127:2080-89. PMID: 15289268

Fearon P, O’Connell P, Frangou S, Aquino P, Nosarti C, Allin M, Taylor M, Stewart A, Rifkin L, Murray R (2004). Brain volumes in adult survivors of very low birthweight: a sibling controlled study. Pediatrics 114:367-71. PMID: 15286218

Allin MPG, Henderson M, Suckling J, Nosarti C, Rushe TM, Fearon P, Stewart AL, Bullmore ET, Rifkin L, Murray RM (2004). Effects of very low birthweight on brain structure in adulthood. Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology 46:46-53. PMID: 14974647

Nosarti C, Al-Asady MHS, Frangou S, Stewart AL, Rifkin L, Murray RM (2002). Adolescents who were born very preterm have decreased brain volumes. Brain 125:1616-23. PMID: 12077010

Nosarti C, Crayford T, Roberts JV, McKenzie K, David AS (2002). Early psychological adjustment in breast cancer patients: a prospective study. Journal of Psychosomatic Research 53:1123-30. PMID: 12479995

Allin MPG, Matsumoto H, Santhouse AM, Nosarti C, Al-Asady MHS, Stewart AL, Rifkin L, Murray RM (2001). Cognitive and motor function and the size of the cerebellum in adolescents born very preterm. Brain, 124:60-6. PMID: 11133787

Nosarti C, Crayford T, Roberts JV, Elias E, K McKenzie, David AS. Delay in presentation of symptomatic referrals to a breast clinic: patient and system factors. British Journal of Cancer, 82: 742-8. PMID: 10682692


Nosarti C, Murray RM, Hack M (Eds) (2010). Neurodevelopmental outcomes following very preterm birth. Cambridge University Press: Cambridge, UK. ISBN-13: 9780521871792

Hultman C, Nosarti C (2010). Preterm birth and fetal growth in relation to adult psychopathology. In: Nosarti C, Murray RM, Hack M (Eds). Neurodevelopmental outcomes following very preterm birth. Cambridge University Press: Cambridge, UK. Pp 68-75.

Nosarti C, Rifkin L (2010). Functional neuroimaging following very preterm birth. In: Nosarti C, Murray RM, Hack M (Eds). Neurodevelopmental outcomes following very preterm birth. Cambridge University Press: Cambridge, UK. Pp 76-96.

Allin MPG, Walshe M, Nosarti C (2010). Magnetic resonance imaging findings from adolescence to adulthood. In: Nosarti C, Murray RM, Hack M (Eds). Neurodevelopmental outcomes following very preterm birth. Cambridge University Press: Cambridge, UK. Pp 127-139.

Nosarti C, Murray RM, Hack M (2010). Integrative summary and future directions. In: Nosarti C, Murray RM, Hack M (Eds). Neurodevelopmental outcomes following very preterm birth. Cambridge University Press: Cambridge, UK. Pp 251-254.

Nosarti C, Shergill SS (2008). Functional neuroimaging in schizophrenia. Psychiatry, 7:403-442

Allin M, Nosarti C (2005). Premature birth and the adult brain. Italian Journal of Psychiatry, 31:38-43.

Allin M, Nosarti C, Rifkin L, Murray RM (2004). Brain Plasticity and Long Term Function after Early Cerebral Insult: the Example of Very Preterm Birth. In: MS Keshavan, JL Kennedy and RM Murray (Eds) Neurodevelopment and Schizophrenia. Cambridge University Press: Cambridge, UK. Pp. 89-110. ISBN-13: 978-0521823319

Nosarti C, Rifkin L, Murray RM (2003). The neurodevelopmental consequences of very preterm birth: brain plasticity and its limits. In: D Cicchetti and E Walker (Eds) Neurodevelopmental Mechanisms in Psychopathology. Cambridge University Press: Cambridge, UK. ISBN-13: 978-0521002622

last updated: Monday, December 07, 2009