Mental Health

Main lines of research

  • Psychotic disorders (first episodes and persistent hallucinations).
  • Affective disorders (major depression and validation of scales).
  • Borderline personality disorder.


  • Foster research that reduces the healthcare, social and personal costs of mental illness by exploring areas such as epidemiology, etiopathogenesis, physiopathology, prevention and treatment.
  • Foster research into mental health therapies.
  • Foster research to improve quality of life of patients with mental disorders.

Research into Psychotic Disorders

  • Neuroimaging studies in first psychotic episodes.
  • Study of environmental, biological and genetic factors in psychosis.
  • Efficacy and effectiveness studies of antipsychotic drugs.
  • Efficacy and effectiveness study of psychotherapy for hallucinations.
  • Study of treatment resistance in schizophrenia.

Research into Affective Disorders

  • Identification and evaluation of new therapeutic targets in depression.
  • Neuroimaging studies in first psychotic episodes.
  • Biological and genetic markers in affective disorders.
  • Implementation of new therapeutic programmes, depression evaluation and social aspects of depression.

Research into Personality Disorders

  • Clinical trials regarding the usefulness of mixed treatment in patients with borderline personality disorder and validation of diagnostic instruments.
  • Genetic-neuroimaging studies of borderline personality disorder (BPD).
  • Efficacy and effectiveness studies of psychotherapy for treating borderline personality disorder.

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