Rachele Sanfelici

Psychologist, Research Assistant


Research Focus

My research focuses on investigating brain morphology (in particular measures of cortical folding such as  gyrification) and its potential as a biomarker to predict transition to psychosis. Despite the fact that cortical folding is relatively stable across the lifespan and less affected by environmental factors, studies indicate alterations in cortical folding in patients with schizophrenia. I am using multivariate pattern recognition techniques to analyse brain morphology and potential risk factors (e.g., obstetric complications) in order to validate the use of gyrification in psychosis prediction.

I am also interested in validating predictive models across different patient cohorts to enhance their generalizability. For this purpose, I am a member of HARMONY consortium, comprising four large-scale international projects aiming to improve our understanding of clinical high-risk state for psychosis.


Telephone: 089/440052731

Email: Rachele.Sanfelici@med.uni-muenchen.de

PRONIA-Early Diagnosis

Hospital of the University of Munich
Clinic for Psychiatry and Psychotherapy

Nussbaumstraße 7
80336 München