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Psychiatry and Psychology: research

The research conducted by the Mental Health Area at SJD Barcelona Children's Hospital is part of the Aetiopathogenesis and treatment of serious mental illnesses Research Group. Our research is carried out at the Sant Joan de Déu Research Institute (IRSJD).

Aetiopathogenesis and treatment of serious mental illnesses Research Group

This group, coordinated by Dr. Judith Usall and Dr. Josep M. Haro Abad, dedicates much of its energy to study serious mental illnesses, specifically schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders. Schizophrenia affects approximately 1% of the population and is the most debilitating mental illness. 

The group consists of a multidisciplinary team (Psychiatry, Psychology, Nursing, Social Work, etc.). The area of the study is broad and includes elements ranging from genomics to psychosocial interventions. It forms part of the CIBER of Mental Health (CIBERSAM - Networked Biomedical Research Centres for Mental Health) funded by the Instituto de Salud Carlos III.    

Lines of the research:

  • Clinical, cognitive and psychosocial foundations of severe mental illnesses.
  • Epidemiology.
  • Interventions in mental health.
  • Basic processes of perception, attention and action.
  • Molecular Psychiatry.
  • Mental illnesses in childhood and adolescence.  

We contribute specifically to the latter line of research by leading studies in the area of psychosis as well as in other areas such as high-risk mental states, autism and ADHD.