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Pavarini Gabriela

Dr Gabriela Pavarini


Areas of research

mental health ethics and moral psychology


Faculty of Psychiatry, University of Oxford


Gabriela Pavarini is a Wellcome Trust Postdoctoral Fellow at the Neuroscience, Ethics and Society Group at the University of Oxford, affiliated to the Department of Psychiatry and the Wellcome Centre for Ethics and Humanities.

Gabriela’s work focuses on mental health ethics and moral psychology and is motivated by a commitment to including young people in ethical analysis and debate. She currently works for a project titled Becoming Good: Early Intervention and Moral Development in Child Psychiatry (PI: Professor Ilina Singh), where she is developing tools (e.g., digital games) to facilitate young people’s participation in ethical discussions surrounding mental health prediction and early intervention.

In addition to her academic work, she co-leads the group of Young Leaders for the Lancet Commission on Global Mental Health and Sustainable Development and their global mental health campaign titled My Mind Our Humanity.

Selected publications:

  • Yang, X. F., Pavarini, G., Schnall, S., & Immordino-Yang, M. H. (2018). Looking up to virtue: averting gaze facilitates moral construals via posteromedial activations. Social cognitive and affective neuroscience, 13(11), 1131-1139.
  • Pavarini, G., & Schnall, S. (2018). The moralization of the body. Atlas of Moral Psychology, 279.
  • Pavarini, G., Schnall, S., Sarkissian, H., & Wright, J. C. (2014). Is the glass of kindness half full or half empty? Positive and negative reactions to others’ expressions of virtue. Advances in experimental moral psychology, 55-72.

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