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About me

I completed my PhD in psychiatry and clinical psychology and defended my thesis with honors in July 2013 at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. In my dissertation, I explored the clinical heterogeneity of OCD in children and adolescents. For four years, I worked at the Institute of Psychiatry (IoP), King's College London. During my last year at the IoP, I completed my first postdoc in the Mood & Development Laboratory at the Deparment of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. I moved to Stockholm in August 2014 for a second postdoc at the Anxiety, obsessive-compulsive and related disorders across the lifespan group at the Department of Clinical Neuroscience (CNS), led by Professor David Mataix-Cols, where I started working with psychiatric epidemiology designs. I became an Assistant Professor in this research group in 2016.

Education

PhD in Psychiatry and Clinical Psychology, European Doctorate (cum laude), 2013.

Psychiatry and Forensic Medicine Department, School of Medicine, Autonomous University of Barcelona.

Specialist in Clinical Psychology (3-year training programme), 2010.

Terrassa Public Health Consortium. Health and Social Politics Ministry, Spanish Government.

MSc in Psychiatry and Clinical Psychology in Children and Adolescents, 2006.

Clinic Hospital of Barcelona. University of Barcelona.

BSc in Psychology (graduated with honours), 2004.

School of Psychology, Autonomous University of Barcelona. 

Research description

I currently lead a research program that has the aim to study the health outcomes, life expectancy, and causes of mortality – including suicide – in anxiety, tics, obsessive-compulsive, and related disorders. I mainly use epidemiological methods in order to respond to my research questions. I am also interested in the development of evidence-based treatments for the OCD-related conditions (including body dysmorphic disorder and hoarding disorder) and tic disorders. 

Academic honours, awards and prizes

Fellowships and stipendiums

Sept 2010 – Sept 2012   Advanced Training Fellowship

Alicia Koplowitz Foundation

 

June 2013 – Nov 2013   Short-Term Visiting Fellowship

Alicia Koplowitz Foundation

 

Jan 2015 – Dec 2016   Postdoctoral Grant

David and Astrid Hagelén Foundation

 

Research funding (as principal investigator only)

Jan 2016 – Dec 2019   Junior Researcher Grant

FORTE, Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare 

Project: Suicide and other causes of premature mortality in obsessive-compulsive disorder

 

Jan 2017 – Dec 2018   ALF Medicin Project Grant

Stockholm County Council 

Project: Suicide and other causes of premature mortality in anxiety, trauma, and stressor-related disorders

 

Sept 2018 – Aug 2019   Research Award

Tourettes Action

Project: Causes of mortality in Tourette’s Syndrome and Chronic Tic Disorders: A Swedish total population, 40-year longitudinal cohort study

 

Awards

May 2014  -  The Josep Toro Award to the best paper of the year (“Sexual obsessions in pediatric obsessive-compulsive disorder: Clinical characteristics and treatment outcomes”) awarded by the Catalan Society of Research and Behavior Therapy (SCRITC)

 

Member of scientific societies

Member (2006 – current) and board member (2009 – 2010) of the Catalan Society of Research and Behaviour Therapy (SCRITC)

Member (2016 – current) of the Association of Scientists in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Alicia Koplowitz Foundation

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