Gabriela Pavarini

Gabriela Pavarini

Expert Consultant
Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Dr Gabriela Pavarini is a 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. Her work is motivated by a commitment to empowering young people as agents of change for an inclusive, fair and healthy future. Combining psychiatry, ethics and digital innovation, Dr Pavarini has co-designed a number of digital tools to promote young people’s civic participation and engagement with mental health. She co-designed the Tracing Tomorrow game, which engages adolescents with issues around digital phenotyping in psychiatry. She is currently leading PI on project that aims to co-design and test an online peer support programme for adolescent mental health during COVID-19. She also co-leads a British Academy project aimed at co-designing a chatbot to support Brazilian young people’s sense of agency and responsibility in promoting the wellbeing of their communities. In addition to her research work, Dr Pavarini co-leads The Lancet Young Leaders for Global Mental Health and their global mental health campaign My Mind Our Humanity.

Dr Pavarini works for the University of Oxford, an institutions whose core mission is to make significant contributions to society, through research and teaching. She is affiliated to the Neuroscience, Ethics and Society Group (led by Prof. Ilina Singh), which aims to bring the first person experiences of children and young people into ethical evaluation, clinical decision-making and policy-making. She also leads the group of Lancet Young Leaders for Global Mental Health (My Mind Our Humanity Campaign), whose core mission is to foster young people’s participatory engagement with mental health. 

Relevant publications

  1. Gatera, G. & Pavarini, G. (2020). The voices of children in the global health debate. The Lancet. 395: 541-542. 
  2. Pavarini, G., Ali, S., George, L., Kariyawasam, L., Lorimer, J., Tomat, N., Wang, K., Wilcox, B., Yosifova, A., Singh, I. (2020). Gamifying Bioethics. A case study of co-designing empirical tools with adolescents. Proceedings of the ACM Interaction Design and Children Conference: Extended Abstracts. 320–325. 
  3. Pavarini, G., Lyreskog, D., Manku, K., Musesengwa, R. & Singh, I. (2020). Providing capabilities for young people’s agency in the COVID-19 outbreak. Child and Adolescent Mental Health. 23(3): 185-188. 
  4. Singh, I., Pavarini, G., Juma, D. & Farmer, M. (2020). Mental Health Science should account for young people’s values and capabilities. The Lancet Psychiatry. 7(7): e36. 
  5. Booysen, C., Pavarini, G., Gatera, G., Jimenez, I., Muhia, J., Omar, D., Qureshi, O., Ryan, G., Eaton, J., & Singh, I. (2019). Young people will transform global mental health: A call to prioritise global action on mental health for young people. Policy Brief, Young Leaders for the Lancet Commission on Global Mental Health
  6. Pavarini, G., Lorimer, J. Manzini, A, Goundrey‐Smith, E. & Singh, I. (2019). Co‐producing research with youth: The NeurOx Young People’s Advisory Group Model. Health Expectations. 22(4): 743-751.

Associated links

  1. BeGOOD Project
  2. The Lancet Young Leaders for Global Mental Health:
  3. Tracing Tomorrow Game


  1. University of Oxford, Department of Psychiatry News: Amplifying the Voices of Young People in Global Mental Health (British Academy Grant Award) (2020, April 02).
  2. University of Oxford, Department of Psychiatry News: Peer Support Training for Adolescents during COVID-18 Project (2020, May 28).


  1. University of Oxford, Department of Psychiatry - Away Day: An overview of the Neuroscience, Ethics and Society Group (2020, May 20). 
  2. PhiloCast: Does oxytocin support emotional mimicry?  (2019, August 28).  
  3. BABLE Smart Cities Health 4.0 Forum: Building ethics into predictive psychiatry (2019, April 18). 
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