Helena de Andrade Conde

School of Psychology

Contact details

School of Psychology
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Helena is currently investigating language processing in schizophrenia, especially figurative language and predictability. She is also looking for correlations between figurative language processing deficits and other cognitive weaknesses in attention, working memory, theory of mind, reading, language competence as referred to ambiguity awareness, inference making and sentence recreation.



  • Clinical psychologist and linguist 
  • MA in Applied Linguistics 
  • MSc in Philosophy of Mental Disorder (King’s College London)


Helena studied Modern Latin-derived languages in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, later obtaining a degree in Psychology from PUC-RJ. Various clinical formations followed, including a formation in Psychoanalysis.


Helena obtained a Masters in Applied Linguistics and an MSc in Philosophy of Mental Disorder from King’s College London. Between Masters in A.L. and current PhD research, she worked as a clinician in her private practice where she acquired experience with schizophrenic patients.

Doctoral research

PhD title
Figurative Language Processing and Predictability in Schizophrenia
Dr Steven Frisson and Professor Stephen Wood


Research group

Language and Cognition


Book published in 2008 in Sao Paulo, Brazil, “Sintoma em Lacan”, ed. Escuta.