Dr. Andreea Diaconescu is a scientist at the Krembil Centre for Neuroinformatics at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). Dr. Diaconescu is also an assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto with cross-appointments with the Institute of Medical Science and the Department of Psychology, and a member of the Max Planck-University of Toronto Centre for Neural Science and Technology.
Before this, she was a Swiss National Foundation Ambizione fellow and junior group leader at the University in Basel, Department of Psychiatry leading a project on early detection and treatment of psychosis using mathematical modelling. After completing her PhD in cognitive neuroscience at the Rotman Research Institute, University of Toronto, Dr. Diaconescu held a postdoctoral position at the Translational Neuromodeling Unit, University of Zurich and ETH Zurich. There, she developed and applied (neuro)computational models of learning and decision-making to understand the emergence and persistence of delusions in psychoaffective disorders such as schizophrenia.
Areas of Research
Dr. Diaconescu has developed and validated mathematical models that infer subject-specific disturbances of information processing in neuronal circuits from neuroimaging, electrophysiological, and behaviour measures. She also has expertise in whole-brain, multimodal neuroimaging analysis methods. Dr. Diaconescu's research is centered on the clinical validation of (neuro)computational models of learning and decision-making for predicting psychosocial functioning and treatment response in individuals at clinical high risk for psychosis. Moreover, Dr. Diaconescu is engaged in the identification of cognition- and neuroimaging-based transdiagnostic predictors of suicidality.
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