Dr Gabriela Pavarini

B.A. MPhil PhD

Gabriela Pavarini is a postdoctoral researcher at the BeGOOD project, working to develop and lead Citizens-EIE. 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 is currently developing digital tools (e.g., games) to facilitate young people’s participation in ethical discussions surrounding mental health prediction and early intervention.

In addition to her academic work, she coordinates 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. Before joining the BeGOOD team, Gabriela completed a PhD in Psychology at the Centre for Music and Science, University of Cambridge, on the affective and social effects of movement synchrony.



Pavarini, G., J. Lorimer, A. Manzini, E. Goundrey-Smith, Singh (2019) “Co-producing Research with Youth: The NeurOx Young People’s Advisory Group Model”. Health Expectations.

Kretzschmar, K., H. Tyroll, G. Pavarini, A. Manzini, Singh and NeurOX Young People’s Advisory Group (2019). “Can your phone be your therapist? Young people’s ethical perspectives on the use of fully automated conversational agents (chatbots) in mental health support.” Biomedical Informatics Insights 11, PMC6402067.

Pavarini, G., A. McKeown, and I. Singh (2018). “Smarter than thou, holier than thou: The dynamic interplay between cognitive and moral enhancement.” Frontiers in Pharmacology 9(1189), PMC6216403.

Pavarini, G. and Singh (2018). “Pragmatic Neuroethics: Lived Experiences as a Source of Moral Knowledge.” Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics 27(4): 578-589, PMC6331682.

Pavarini, G., & Schnall, S. (2016) The moralization of the body: Protecting and expanding the boundaries of the self. In K. Gray & J. Graham (Eds.). The Atlas of Moral Psychology: Mapping Good and Evil in the Mind. New York: Guilford.

Pavarini, G., & Schnall, S. (2014). Is the glass of kindness half empty or half full? Positive and negative reactions to others’ expressions of virtue. In H. Sarkissian & J. Wright (Eds.), Advances in Experimental Moral Psychology. London: Bloomsbury.

Pavarini, G., Souza, D. H., & Hawk, C. K. (2012). Parental practices and theory of mind development. Journal of Child and Family Studies. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1007/s10826-012-9643-8

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Dr Gabriela Pavarini