Ana Barajas is a psychologist and researcher for the Centre d’Higiene Mental Les Corts in Barcelona, the Early Psychosis Intervention Programme (EPIP) and the Master Plan on Mental Health and Addictions (PDSMiAd). She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the Universitat de Barcelona and is currently completing a PhD programme in Clinical Psychology with a focus on early-stage psychotic disorders at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. She also holds a Master’s Degree in Child and Adult Clinical Psychopathology from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. She completed training supervised by Prof. Max Birchwood in the Early Intervention Service at the Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust.
Ms Barajas has collaborated on several research projects with an epidemiological and descriptive approach to incipient psychotic disorders, and has published in various high-impact national and international journals. She is currently coordinating various studies that follow two lines of research: a) the adaptation and validation of psychometric instruments and b) clinical trials that evaluate the effectiveness of specific interventions.
Her research focuses on the study of high-risk populations for psychosis and first-episode psychosis and specifically explores: a) psychosis onset predictors, b) cognitive impairment and the effectiveness of cognitive remediation interventions, c) the effectiveness of early intervention programmes for spectrum psychotic disorders, d) the psychometric properties of instruments for assessing populations with an incipient psychotic disorder and e) clinical implications of gender differences for incipient psychosis.
Ms Barajas has belonged to the Catalan Research Workgroup on Women’s Mental Health since 2006.
Dr Jesús Cobo, PhD, obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Medicine at the Universidad de Cantabria in 1991 and completed a Psychiatry residency at the Hospital Universitari de Bellvitge in Barcelona in 2000. He earned a master’s degree in History of Science in 2004 and a master’s degree in Affective Neurosciences in 2009. He also obtained his doctoral degree in History of Science in 2006. He currently works as a Senior Psychiatrist at the Corporació Sanitària i Universitària Parc Taulí (Sabadell, Barcelona). Dr Cobo has participated in various research studies and authored or co-authored several scientific papers, primarily on women’s mental health, but also on bipolar disorders, psychopathology and psychopharmacology. He is an Associate Lecturer of Psychiatry at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, where he has supervised numerous doctoral dissertations and academic papers. He is an active member of the Catalan Research Workgroup on Women's Mental Health in the Catalan Society of Psychiatry and Mental Health and co-organises several congresses, symposia and meetings in the field.
Marta Coromina MD, is psychiatrist since 2005. She has worked at the Hospital Parc Sanitari i Sant Joan de Déu (Barcelona) since she finished the residency training program. She worked at the partial hospitalization area until 2010 when she began in an area known as CSMA (Centre de Salut Mental per Adults - Adults Mental Health Centre). In addition to her work at the health area, she also coordinates the Health Centres of Gavà and Castelldefels and she is part of the research team at the area of etiopathogenesis and mental disorders treatment in the Fundació Sant Joan de Déu. Her main clinic and research interest is the psychosis.
Dr William Davies is a Senior Lecturer in the Schools of Psychology and Medicine at Cardiff University, UK. After an undergraduate Masters degree in Biochemistry at University of Bath, UK, he completed his Ph.D in Behavioural Neuroscience at University of Cambridge, UK. Following postdoctoral positions at the Babraham Institute, Cambridge, UK and Cardiff University, UK, he undertook a Research Councils UK Fellowship within Cardiff University, before being promoted to his current position in 2012.
His work, within the Behavioural Genetics Group (http://sites.cardiff.ac.uk/behavioural-genetics/), investigates the (epi)genetic mechanisms underlying sex differences in brain development/function and behaviour using rodent models, healthy and clinical human populations, and a variety of genetic, biochemical and neuropsychological/behavioural assays. He is particularly interested in the role of genes on the sex chromosomes (i.e. the X and Y), which are asymmetrically inherited between males and females.
Principal aims of his research are: a) to investigate why the sexes are differentially vulnerable to common developmental disorders such as autism and ADHD, b) to understand the neural and molecular processes that increase the risk for postpartum psychiatric disorders in females, and c) to help develop more effective sex-specific therapies.
Dr Montserrat Fusté is a clinical lecturer NIHR training fellow in the department of psychosis studies at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience at King’s College London. She is also working as a specialist registrar at the perinatal liaison team and has experience in early intervention and at risk mental state community services. She became an specialist associate of the Royal College of Psychiatrists in 2013. Dr Fusté graduated from the University of Navarra, Spain in 2005. She completed her core training in psychiatry in 2010 at Parc Sanitari Sant Joan de Déu and her PhD in 2015 at the University of Barcelona, Spain. Dr Fusté ’s main area of research interest are biological risk factors that accompany psychosis, particularly in molecular and inflammatory pathways and brain structural changes that underlie psychosis and its application to the study of early psychosis and postpartum psychosis. As a clinician actually involved in neuroscience research, my ultimate goal is to find novel diagnostic and therapeutic tools integrating biological and clinical measures to reduce the suffering of patients with mental health difficulties.
Gemma Garcia-Parés is an MD, PhD from the University of Barcelona (UB, 1999), specialist in Psychiatry (Universitat de Barcelona, 1988) and Legal Psychiatry (Complutense University of Madrid, 1994) . During her predoctoral training also served as assistant psychiatrist at Maricopa Medical Center (Phoenix, Arizona, USA) and was professor of nursing at the University of Arizona.
She has been devoted to postgraduate education and has been very productive in organizing courses, conferences and symposia since 2000. She has taught in several university postgraduate courses in psychology and in medicine. She was an Associated Professor at the Medical School of the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB) until March, 2015, when she moved to Andorra.
Her current research focuses on the biological basis of mental disorders, the suicide prevention and always in the gender perspective related to mental disorders. The result of this research has been published in numerous national and international journals.
She was President of the Board of the Catalan Society of Psychiatry and Mental Health, 2006-2009. She is a member of the Education and Research Committees of the International Association for Women's Mental Health and she is also a Corresponding Member of the American Psychiatric Association since 1997. Since the year 2010, she is the Director of the UPDATE for the Catalan Psychiatric Association.
Currently she conducts her clinical and management practice as a Head of the Mental Health Service at Hospital Nostra Senyora de Meritxell in Andorra.
Dr. Alexandre González-Rodríguez obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Medicine at the University of Barcelona in 2008. He earned residency in Psychiatry (2009-2013) at the Department of Psychiatry and Psychology, Hospital Clinic of Barcelona. In 2013, he obtained the End of Residency Award (Premi Emili Letang) for the development of the project: Depressive postpartum episode, study of the clinical trajectories and recurrence risk factors at 8-year follow-up, at the Perinatal Psychiatry and Gender Research Program in Barcelona. He has been working at the Barcelona Clinic Schizophrenia Unit (BCSU) (2014-2017) as clinical researcher on the field of schizophrenia and related disorders, and has been granted by the First Juan José López-Ibor Research Grant for Young Researchers. Nowadays he is working at Mental Health Department of Corporació Sanitària Parc Taulí. His research interests are gender differences in schizophrenia, particularly, the influence of the reproductive status, hormonal and genetic factors on antipsychotic response in schizophrenia. He is member of the Catalan Research Workgroup on Women’s Mental Health (Catalan Society of Psychiatry and Mental Health) and the European Society of Menopause and Andropause (EMAS). Recently, he has been accepted as Mentee by the EMAS Junior Mentorship Initiative for one-year collaboration based on mutual research interests.
Louise Howard is a Professor in Women's Mental Health at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience at King's College London and a Consultant Perinatal Psychiatrist at the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust. She leads research programmes on gender differences in mental health with a particular focus on women’s mental health. She has won a number of prizes for her research including the Association of European Psychiatrists Research Prize, the Institute of Psychiatry Dennis Hill Prize, the Royal College of Psychiatrists Bronze Medal research prize and most recently in 2014 the International Marce Society’s Marce Medal for excellence in perinatal mental health research. She chaired the National Institute for Clinical Excellence Guideline Development Group (update) on Antenatal and Postnatal Mental Health (CG192), and was a member of the NICE/SCIE and WHO guidance development groups on preventing and reducing domestic violence. She is an invited member of Women’s Aid External Advisory Group and the World Psychiatric Association Working Group on gender based interpersonal violence and was appointed as the National Clinical Advisor for NHS England’s Improving Access and Waiting Times Perinatal Programme in 2015. She has also recently edited a commissioned series on perinatal mental health for the Lancet, published in November 2014.
Her current research includes an NIHR Programme Grant for Applied Research on the effectiveness of perinatal mental health services, an NIHR Policy Research Programme grant on the NHS response to the health needs of trafficked people and a Department of Health grant on the response of mental health services to domestic violence. She was awarded an NIHR Research Professorship for 2013-18 which includes funding for a study of antipsychotics in pregnancy, and a pilot study of an electronic decision aid for women considering taking antidepressants in pregnancy. Her research is also supported by Tommy’s Baby Charity including funding for a PhD studentship on obesity and mental health in pregnancy.
María Luisa Imaz Gurrutxaga, obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Medicine at the University of the Basque (Spain) Country and completed a Psychiatry residency at the Hospital Clinic in Barcelona (Spain). She received her Master’s Degree in Drug-Addictions at the University of Deusto (Spain), her Master’s Degree in Legal and Forensic Psychiatry at the Complutense University of Madrid (Spain).
Currently she is a clinical research senior psychiatrist at the Psychiatry Service in the Hospital Clinic of Barcelona (Spain) in two psychiatric intervention programs integrating the gender perspective: the Perinatal Psychiatry Program Barcelona-CLINIC and the Prevention and Treatment of PTSD Program in women suffering sexual assault. She is involved in two research lines: one focused in diagnostic and treatment of perinatal affective disorders, especially bipolar disorder and puerperal psychosis; the other focused in developing and evaluating mental health interventions for victims of sexual violence. She is a member of the Catalan Research Workgroup on Women's Mental Health in the Catalan Society of Psychiatry and Mental Health and member of the International Marcé Society.
She is, also, a member of the Spanish Marcé Society (MARES) Executive (from 2011 to this day).
M.Sc. Sarah Ittig studied psychology at the Université de Strasbourg (F) and at the University of Basel (CH) where she did a major in Cognitive and Brain Science and wrote her Master Thesis at the Center for Molecular Psychology (University Basel) entitled “The catechol –O-methyltransferase (COMT) val158met polymorphism is associated with hippocampal activity during retrieval of neutral pictures: An fMRI study”. During her internship at the Center for Molecular Neuroscience (University Basel) she was involved in setting up a study on “The Genetics of Personality, Impulsivity and Coping Styles”. Since 2012, she is part of the team of Prof. Anita Riecher-Rössler at the Center for Gender Research and Early Detection of the University of Basel Psychiatric Clinics. Her PhD is set within the framework of the FePsy study (Früherkennung von Psychosen) which aims at improving the empirical basis for early detection of schizophrenic psychoses. Her scientific focus is the role of stress and associated hormones in emerging psychoses.
Javier Labad obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Medicine at Universitat Rovira i Virgili (Reus, Spain) in 1999. He completed residencies in Psychiatry (2000–2004) and Endocrinology and Nutrition (2004–2009) at the Hospital Universitari de Bellvitge (Barcelona). He also earned a Master’s Degree in Statistics at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. His doctoral dissertation (Universitat de Barcelona, 2011) focused on the role of female gender and the female reproductive cycle in the phenotypic expression of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). After finishing his endocrinology training, he completed training as a Clinical Fellow at the University of Edinburgh’s Endocrinology Unit, where he studied the effects of glucocorticoid hormones on the brain. In October 2009, he returned to Spain and started working as a Staff Psychiatrist in the Early Psychosis Programme at the Hospital Universitari Institut Pere Mata in Reus. He leads the Psychoneuroendocrinology and Stress Research Group at the Institut d’Investigació Sanitaria Pere Virgili (IISPV) and the Early Intervention Service team in Reus. He has authored several scientific papers on women’s mental health, including the role of the female reproductive cycle in OCD and the role of gender differences in OCD and psychosis. He is interested in researching the role of stress and hormones on the pathogenesis and outcome of mental disorders, including mood disorders, OCD and early-stage psychotic disorders.
Dr Andrew Lawrence is a post-doctoral MRI analyst with Prof. Paola Dazzan’s group in the department of psychosis studies at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience at King’s College London, London, UK.
Dr Lawrence completed his undergraduate degree in natural sciences (Experimental Psychology) at the Department of Experimental Psychology, University of Cambridge, UK, followed by a Ph.D in the neuropsychology of addictive and compulsive behaviours at the MRC-Wellcome Behavioural and Clinical Neuroscience Institute, University of Cambridge. He followed this with post-doctoral positions at St George’s University of London and the University of Cambridge investigating multi-modal MRI predictors of cognitive impairment in small vessel disease-stroke.
His research interests lie in the application of MR analysis to understand the links between the brain and dysfunctional behaviour with a particular focus on connectivity and brain networks derived from diffusion data.
Laia Miquel de Montagut is a Psychiatrist in the Addiction Unit at Hospital Clínic de Barcelona. A specialist in addiction, her research in the last four years has focused on gender differences in dual diagnosis. Her current work focuses on epidemiological, clinical and treatment aspects of alcohol consumption and clinical aspects of cannabis consumption. She is a member of the Spanish Network on Addictive Disorders (RTA) and the Catalan Research Workgroup on Women`s Mental Health in the Catalan Society of Psichiatry and Mental Health.
Dr Susana Ochoa obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona in 1996. She obtained her doctoral degree with the dissertation “The needs of people with Schizophrenia who live in the community” (2004), and earned a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology at the Universitat de Barcelona. Dr Ochoa is the Research and Development Unit Coordinator at Parc Sanitari Sant Joan de Déu (Sant Boi, Barcelona). She is interested in the research of psychosis and gender, authoring several scientific papers on this subject, and has led a team of researchers studying this disorder. She participates in the Catalan Research Workgroup on Women's Mental Health in the Catalan Society of Psychiatry and Mental Health, and co-organises several congresses and meetings. She is a member of the CIBERSAM Spanish research network.
Dr. Petryshen is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, as well as an Associate Member of the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT, in Boston USA. She obtained a Ph.D. in Medical Genetics and postdoctoral training in psychiatric genetics. Dr. Petryshen’s research on the genetic basis of psychosis and mood disorders focuses on the role of genetic variation in brain function using patient populations as well as mouse and cultured neuron models. Her research on the genetic contribution to sex differences in psychiatric illness utilizes large patient samples collected by international research consortia. Dr. Petryshen leads the GENUS Consortium, which is investigating the genetic basis of cognitive and brain structural abnormalities in psychosis.
Obtained Medical degree from University of Belgrade Medical School.
Obtained PhD in Neuropharmacology from University of Illinois in Chicago.
Completed Psychiatry residency at University of Illinois at Chicago.
Work history: Assistant Professor at Rush University Medical School Thresholds parenting assessment team Assistant Professor at University of Illinois in Chicago: Director of Women’s Mental Health Program Currently is a Senior Medical Director at Eating Recovery Center/Insight in Chicago-higher level of care for patients with eating disorders, and mood and anxiety
Anita Riecher-Rössler, MD PhD, is Professor of Psychiatry and Head of the Center for Gender Research and Early Detection at the Psychiatric University Clinics in Basel, Switzerland. She is specialised in psychiatry, psychotherapy and psychoanalysis, as well as in consultation and liaison psychiatry and in gerontopsychiatry. In 1998, she was the first woman to be appointed to a full chair for psychiatry in a German speaking country.
Her research interests are the field of schizophrenic psychoses and that of gender differences in mental disorders and mental disorders in women.
Her work in the field of schizophrenic psychoses has mainly been on the onset and the early detection of these disorders, but also on late onset schizophrenia.
Furthermore, she has worked on psychoneuroendocrinology and on mental disorders related to women’s reproductive functions, such as during pregnancy, the postpartum and in menopause. A further focus is on psychosocial risk factors for mental disorders in women, such as violence.
Her approach is a bio-psycho-social one, i.e. she always tries to consider all these aspects in the pathogenesis as well as the therapy of mentally ill persons.
Prof. Dr. med. Anita Riecher-Rössler, MD PhD
FMH Psychiatry and Psychotherapy,
Psychoanalysis DGPPT, Consultation and Liaison Psychiatry, Gerontopsychiatry and -psychotherapy
Chair for Psychiatry and
Head of the Center for Gender Research and Early Detection of the
Psychiatric University Clinics Basel
Dr. Elena Rubio-Abadal is a Psychiatrist who finished her training in Parc Sanitari Sant Joan de Déu in 2012. She has worked with the Ethiopatogenesis and Treatment of Severe Mental disorders, in the field of first episode of psychosis and hormonal and gender psychiatry, as well as in prolactin and its relationship with onset of psychosis and its sexual and reproductive side effects.
She earned a "Río Hortega" grant for 2014-2016 and obtained her doctoral degree with the dissertation "Puberty and neuro-developmental factors related to age at onset in first-episode psychosis".
She is currently working at the Community Mental Health Team of Gavà, Barcelona.
Dr. Monica Sanchez obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Medicine at the University of Barcelona in 2004, and completed the Psychiatry residency in Parc Sanitari Sant Joan de Déu in 2009. She is currently working as a psychiatrist at the Community Mental Health Center of Terrassa, Barcelona, where she is also involved in teaching as a supervisor of the resident training program since 2014.
Her research interests are gender differences in schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, adverse effects in psychopharmacology, and dual diagnosis in psychiatry.
Her current work focuses on biomarkers and gender differences in bipolar disorders. She is a member of the Catalan Research Workgroup on Women’s Mental Health (Catalan Society of Psychiatry and Mental Health) and the Young Psychiatrists Group (Catalan Society of Psychiatry and Mental Health).
Dr Judith Usall obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Medicine at the Universitat de Barcelona in 1988 and completed a Psychiatry residency in 1992 at Hospital Clínic de Barcelona. She earned a Master’s Degree in Women’s Studies in 2001 and obtained her doctoral degree with the dissertation “Gender and schizophrenia: symptomatological and social-function differences between women and men” (2003). Dr Usall is a Senior Psychiatrist and Research Coordinator for the Schizophrenia Group in the Research and Development Unit at Parc Sanitari Sant Joan de Déu (Sant Boi, Barcelona). She is the Treasurer of the Catalan Society of Psychiatry and Mental Health, and Chair of the International Association for Women’s Mental Health’s Research Committee. She has authored several scientific papers primarily related to women’s mental health. She leads the Catalan Research Workgroup on Women's Mental Health in the Catalan Society of Psychiatry and Mental Health and co-organises several congresses and meetings.