Dr. Alessio Bellato is a Lecturer in Child and Adolescent Mental Health at the School of Psychology at the University of Southampton in the UK. He previously worked as a child clinical psychologist in Italy before embarking on his academic career in the UK and Malaysia.
At present, Alessio’s research is focused on exploring whether specific indicators of arousal regulation, such as heart rate variability, can be utilised as diagnostic markers for emotional dysregulation and internalising symptoms. He also investigates their potential in monitoring intervention outcomes in conditions like ADHD and other neurodevelopmental disorders. To address these research questions, he conducts evidence synthesis studies, including systematic reviews and meta-analyses, as well as empirical studies that employ techniques such as eye-tracking, electroencephalography, heart rate, and skin conductance measurements, along with psychological testing and assessment.
In addition, Alessio collaborates with colleagues from the University of Nottingham Malaysia, where he leads the Mind and Neurodevelopment (MiND) Research Cluster. MiND is an interdisciplinary group comprising academics, students, and industry partners working together to advance understanding of neurodevelopmental and mental health conditions. The research pathways explored within MiND take into account the multicultural and multilingual characteristics of Malaysia, with the aim of informing parents, teachers, clinicians, policymakers, and the general public about ways to enhance public and private mental health services in Malaysia and other Low- or Middle-Income Countries (LMICs) worldwide.
In his role as Joint Editor at JCPP Advances, Alessio is dedicated to supporting authors in publishing systematic reviews and meta-analyses in accordance with the most current guidelines and methodological advancements in the field. He is committed to establishing a training platform where authors can access information on rigorously planning an evidence-synthesis study and preparing their manuscripts for submission to JCPP Advances, aligning with the latest reporting guidelines for systematic reviews and meta-analyses.