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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 CPF, 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.

I have been part of the Junior Faculty Steering Group at the Karolinska Institutet from the beginning of 2018, and I am also representing Junior Faculty at the CNS Department Council.

From September 2018, I am the Equal Treatment Representative / Ombud för Lika Villkor at CNS.

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 2017 – Aug 2018   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

 

Sept 2017 – Aug 2018   Research Award

International OCD Foundation

Project: The impact of obsessive-compulsive disorder on education, labor market marginalization, and societal costs

 

Jan 2019 – Dec 2021   ALF Medicin Project Grant

Stockholm County Council 

Project: Health complications, suicide, and other causes of mortality in anxiety, trauma, and stressor-related disorders

 

Awards

May 2014  -  The Josep Toro Award to the best paper of the year awarded by the Catalan Society of Research and Behavior Therapy (SCRITC)

 

October 2015 - PhD Special Prize, awarded by the School for Doctoral Studies, Autonomous University of Barcelona

 

June 2017 - Professor Mary Robertson Award for Research Contribution endowed by Professor Robertson, Life President of the European Society for the Study of Tourette Syndrome (ESTSS)

 

Comissions of trust

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

 

Member (2018 - current) of the Steering Group of the Junior Faculty at Karolinska Institutet

Publications

Association of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder With Objective Indicators of Educational Attainment: A Nationwide Register-Based Sibling Control Study
Pérez-vigil A, Fernández De La Cruz L, Brander G, Isomura K, Jangmo A, Feldman I, et al
JAMA psychiatry 2018;75(1):47-55

Association of Stress-Related Disorders With Subsequent Autoimmune Disease
Song H, Fang F, Tomasson G, Arnberg Fk, Mataix-cols D, Fernández De La Cruz L, et al
JAMA 2018;319(23):2388-2400

Association of Tourette Syndrome and Chronic Tic Disorders With Objective Indicators of Educational Attainment A Population-Based Sibling Comparison Study
Perez-vigil A, De La Cruz Lf, Brander G, Isomura K, Jangmo A, Kuja-halkola R, et al
JAMA NEUROLOGY 2018;75(9):1098-1105

A total-population multigenerational family clustering study of autoimmune diseases in obsessive-compulsive disorder and Tourette's/chronic tic disorders
Mataix-cols D, Frans E, Pérez-vigil A, Kuja-halkola R, Gromark C, Isomura K, et al
Molecular psychiatry 2018;23(7):1652-1658

A transcultural study of hoarding disorder: Insights from the United Kingdom, Spain, Japan, and Brazil
Nordsletten Ae, Fernández De La Cruz L, Aluco E, Alonso P, López-solà C, Menchón Jm, et al
Transcultural psychiatry 2018;55(2):261-285

Benzodiazepine prescribing for children, adolescents, and young adults from 2006 through 2013: A total population register-linkage study
Sidorchuk A, Isomura K, Molero Y, Hellner C, Lichtenstein P, Chang Z, et al
PLoS medicine 2018;15(8):e1002635-

Hoarding disorder has finally arrived, but many challenges lie ahead
Mataix-cols D, Fernández De La Cruz L
World psychiatry : official journal of the World Psychiatric Association (WPA) 2018;17(2):224-225

Labour market marginalisation in obsessive-compulsive disorder: a nationwide register-based sibling control study
Pérez-vigil A, Mittendorfer-rutz E, Helgesson M, Fernández De La Cruz L, Mataix-cols D
Psychological medicine 2018;():1-10

Metabolic and Cardiovascular Complications in Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: A Total Population, Sibling Comparison Study With Long-Term Follow-up
Isomura K, Brander G, Chang Z, Kuja-halkola R, Rück C, Hellner C, et al
Biological psychiatry 2018;84(5):324-331

Perceived treatment barriers and experiences in the use of services for obsessive-compulsive disorder across different ethnic groups: a thematic analysis
Kolvenbach S, Fernandez De La Cruz L, Mataix-cols D, Patel N, Jassi A
CHILD AND ADOLESCENT MENTAL HEALTH 2018;23(2):99-106

Perinatal risk factors in Tourette's and chronic tic disorders: a total population sibling comparison study
Brander G, Rydell M, Kuja-halkola R, Fernández De La Cruz L, Lichtenstein P, Serlachius E, et al
Molecular psychiatry 2018;23(5):1189-1197

Pharmacoepidemiology of Tourette and Chronic Tic Disorders in Sweden 2005-2013
Carulla-roig M, Isomura K, Pérez-vigil A, Larsson H, Hellner C, Mataix-cols D, et al
Journal of child and adolescent psychopharmacology 2018;():-

Should Clinicians Split or Lump Psychiatric Symptoms? The Structure of Psychopathology in Two Large Pediatric Clinical Samples from England and Norway
Fernández De La Cruz L, Vidal-ribas P, Zahreddine N, Mathiassen B, Brøndbo Ph, Simonoff E, et al
Child psychiatry and human development 2018;49(4):607-620

A systematic review and quality assessment of psychological, pharmacological, and family-based interventions for hoarding disorder
Thompson C, Fernández De La Cruz L, Mataix-cols D, Onwumere J
Asian journal of psychiatry 2017;27():53-66

D-Cycloserine Augmentation of Exposure-Based Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Anxiety, Obsessive-Compulsive, and Posttraumatic Stress Disorders: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis of Individual Participant Data
The Dcs Anxiety Consortium, Mataix-cols D, Fernández De La Cruz L, Monzani B, Rosenfield D, Andersson E, et al
JAMA psychiatry 2017;74(5):501-510

Long-Term Outcomes of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Adolescent Body Dysmorphic Disorder
Krebs G, De La Cruz Lf, Monzani B, Bowyer L, Anson M, Cadman J, et al
Behavior therapy 2017;48(4):462-473

Recent advances in understanding and managing body dysmorphic disorder
Krebs G, Fernández De La Cruz L, Mataix-cols D
Evidence-based mental health 2017;():-

Suicide in obsessive-compulsive disorder: a population-based study of 36 788 Swedish patients
Fernández De La Cruz L, Rydell M, Runeson B, D'onofrio Bm, Brander G, Rück C, et al
Molecular psychiatry 2017;22(11):1626-1632

Suicide in Tourette's and Chronic Tic Disorders
Fernández De La Cruz L, Rydell M, Runeson B, Brander G, Rück C, D'onofrio Bm, et al
Biological psychiatry 2017;82(2):111-118

Association of Perinatal Risk Factors With Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: A Population-Based Birth Cohort, Sibling Control Study
Brander G, Rydell M, Kuja-halkola R, Fernández De La Cruz L, Lichtenstein P, Serlachius E, et al
JAMA psychiatry 2016;73(11):1135-1144

Cognitive-behavioral therapy for body dysmorphic disorder: A systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials
Harrison A, Fernández De La Cruz L, Enander J, Radua J, Mataix-cols D
Clinical psychology review 2016;48():43-51

Development of a brief psychoeducational group intervention for carers of people with hoarding disorder: A proof-of-concept study
Thompson C, Fernandez De La Cruz L, Mataix-cols D, Onwumere J
JOURNAL OF OBSESSIVE-COMPULSIVE AND RELATED DISORDERS 2016;:66-72

Illness perception, help-seeking attitudes, and knowledge related to obsessive-compulsive disorder across different ethnic groups: a community survey
Fernández De La Cruz L, Kolvenbach S, Vidal-ribas P, Jassi A, Llorens M, Patel N, et al
Social psychiatry and psychiatric epidemiology 2016;51(3):455-64

The link between autoimmune diseases and obsessive-compulsive and tic disorders: A systematic review
Pérez-vigil A, Fernández De La Cruz L, Brander G, Isomura K, Gromark C, Mataix-cols D
Neuroscience and biobehavioral reviews 2016;71():542-562

Towards an international expert consensus for defining treatment response, remission, recovery and relapse in obsessive-compulsive disorder
Mataix-cols D, Fernández De La Cruz L, Nordsletten Ae, Lenhard F, Isomura K, Simpson Hb
World psychiatry : official journal of the World Psychiatric Association (WPA) 2016;15(1):80-1

Accuracy of self and informant reports of symptom severity and insight in Hoarding Disorder
Drury H, Nordsletten Ae, Ajmi S, Fernandez De La Cruz L, Mataix-cols D
JOURNAL OF OBSESSIVE-COMPULSIVE AND RELATED DISORDERS 2015;:37-42

A Pilot Randomized Controlled Trial of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Adolescents With Body Dysmorphic Disorder
Mataix-cols D, Fernández De La Cruz L, Isomura K, Anson M, Turner C, Monzani B, et al
Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry 2015;54(11):895-904

Ethnic inequalities in the use of secondary and tertiary mental health services among patients with obsessive-compulsive disorder
De La Cruz Lf, Llorens M, Jassi A, Krebs G, Vidal-ribas P, Radua J, et al
The British journal of psychiatry : the journal of mental science 2015;207(6):530-5

Phenomenology and treatment outcomes in children and adolescents from ethnic minorities with obsessive-compulsive disorder
Fernandez De La Cruz L, Jassi A, Krebs G, Clark B, Mataix-cols D
JOURNAL OF OBSESSIVE-COMPULSIVE AND RELATED DISORDERS 2015;:30-36

Treatment of children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and irritability: results from the multimodal treatment study of children with ADHD (MTA)
Fernández De La Cruz L, Simonoff E, Mcgough Jj, Halperin Jm, Arnold Le, Stringaris A
Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry 2015;54(1):62-70.e3

Caregiver burden, family accommodation, health, and well-being in relatives of individuals with hoarding disorder
Drury H, Ajmi S, Fernández De La Cruz L, Nordsletten Ae, Mataix-cols D
Journal of affective disorders 2014;159():7-14

The Family Impact Scale for Hoarding (FISH): Measure development and initial validation
Nordsletten Ae, Fernandez De La Cruz L, Drury H, Ajmi S, Saleem S, Mataix-cols D
JOURNAL OF OBSESSIVE-COMPULSIVE AND RELATED DISORDERS 2014;3(1):29-34

Are the symptoms of obsessive-compulsive disorder temporally stable in children/adolescents? A prospective naturalistic study
Fernández De La Cruz L, Micali N, Roberts S, Turner C, Nakatani E, Heyman I, et al
Psychiatry research 2013;209(2):196-201

Epidemiology of hoarding disorder
Nordsletten Ae, Reichenberg A, Hatch Sl, Fernández De La Cruz L, Pertusa A, Hotopf M, et al
The British journal of psychiatry : the journal of mental science 2013;203(6):445-52

Experiential avoidance and emotion regulation difficulties in hoarding disorder
Fernández De La Cruz L, Landau D, Iervolino Ac, Santo S, Pertusa A, Singh S, et al
Journal of anxiety disorders 2013;27(2):204-9

Finders keepers: the features differentiating hoarding disorder from normative collecting
Nordsletten Ae, Fernández De La Cruz L, Billotti D, Mataix-cols D
Comprehensive psychiatry 2013;54(3):229-37

Neurological soft signs in obsessive-compulsive disorder: two empirical studies and meta-analysis
Jaafari N, Fernández De La Cruz L, Grau M, Knowles E, Radua J, Wooderson S, et al
Psychological medicine 2013;43(5):1069-79

Overlap and specificity of genetic and environmental influences on excessive acquisition and difficulties discarding possessions: Implications for hoarding disorder
Nordsletten Ae, Monzani B, Fernández De La Cruz L, Iervolino Ac, Fullana Ma, Harris J, et al
American journal of medical genetics. Part B, Neuropsychiatric genetics : the official publication of the International Society of Psychiatric Genetics 2013;162B(4):380-7

Photograph-aided assessment of clutter in hoarding disorder: is a picture worth a thousand words?
Fernández De La Cruz L, Nordsletten Ae, Billotti D, Mataix-cols D
Depression and anxiety 2013;30(1):61-6

Sexual obsessions in pediatric obsessive-compulsive disorder: clinical characteristics and treatment outcomes
Fernández De La Cruz L, Barrow F, Bolhuis K, Krebs G, Volz C, Nakatani E, et al
Depression and anxiety 2013;30(8):732-40

The London field trial for hoarding disorder
Mataix-cols D, Billotti D, Fernández De La Cruz L, Nordsletten Ae
Psychological medicine 2013;43(4):837-47

The Structured Interview for Hoarding Disorder (SIHD): Development, usage and further validation
Nordsletten Ae, Fernandez De La Cruz L, Pertusa A, Reichenberg A, Hatch Sl, Mataix-cols D
JOURNAL OF OBSESSIVE-COMPULSIVE AND RELATED DISORDERS 2013;2(3):346-350

Do patients with hoarding disorder have autistic traits?
Pertusa A, Bejerot S, Eriksson J, Fernandez De La Cruz L, Bonde S, Russell A, et al
DEPRESSION AND ANXIETY 2012;29(3):210-8

[Efficacy of cognitive-behavior therapy for mental disorders]
Fullana Ma, Fernández De La Cruz L, Bulbena A, Toro J
Medicina clinica 2012;138(5):215-9

Independent validation of the dimensional Yale-Brown obsessive-compulsive scale (DY-BOCS)
Pertusa A, Fernández De La Cruz L, Alonso P, Menchón Jm, Mataix-cols D
European psychiatry : the journal of the Association of European Psychiatrists 2012;27(8):598-604

Testing the validity and acceptability of the diagnostic criteria for Hoarding Disorder: a DSM-5 survey
Dsm-5 Obsessive-compulsive Spectrum Sub-work Group Of The Anxiety Obsessive-compulsive Spectrum Posttraumatic And Dissociative Disorders Work Group, Mataix-cols D, Fernández De La Cruz L, Nakao T, Pertusa A
Psychological medicine 2011;41(12):2475-84

Plasma homovanillic acid in adolescents with bulimia nervosa
Castro-fornieles J, Deulofeu R, Martínez-mallen E, Baeza I, Fernández L, Lázaro L, et al
Psychiatry research 2009;170(2-3):241-4

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