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Prof. Benedikt Amann

Benedikt Amann psychiatrist Controversies Psiquiatry Barcelona
Hospital del Mar Research Institute, Barcelona, Spain
Talk Childhood trauma and adult mental disorders
Date Friday, April 26th, 2024
Time 09:15 - 10:00
Roundtable 2 Clinical aspects of trauma


During his training as psychiatrist and psychotherapist at the Ludwig Maximilian University (LMU) of Munich, Germany, he started first research projects in pharmacology in bipolar disorder. After one year research in the Institute of Neurology and Neurosurgery UCL in London, UK, and one year at the Bipolar Unit, Hospital Clínic in Barcelona, he was granted with a Miguel Servet contract for neuroimaging research in schizoaffective disorders at the Research Unit FIDMAG in Sant Boi. In 2016 he became head of the Centro Fòrum Research Unit of the Hospital del Mar Research Institute and coordinator of 2 psychiatric Units at the Mental Health Institute Hospital del Mar in Barcelona. After 3 years as Associate Professor at the Autonomous University Barcelona, he started in 2021 as Associate Professor at the University Pompeu Fabra.

He received so far continuous national (ISCIII, PERIS, EMDR Spain) and international (EMDR Europe, Brain&Behaviour Research Foundation, Stanley Medical Research Institute) fundings. During a 2-year intensification by the ISCIII, he was granted in 2020 as PI of Spain with a H2020 European project promoting mental health in small and medium enterprises, MENTUPP, followed in 2024 by a Horizon European project, MENTBEST, which aims to improve mental and physical health in the community. In 2024 he received as Co-PI a further Horizon project, PROSPERH, which aims to improve mental health and musclesceletal disorders at the workplace. In 2022 he was also awarded with a mobility grant by the ISCIII for 6 months as guest professor at the Psychiatric Hospital of the LMU Munich, Germany.

He is member of the editorial board of the Journal of Affective Disorders and since 2006 member of the CIBERSAM. In 2015 he was awarded with the Francine Shapiro award by EMDR Europe, in 2016 with the Vila Saborit award by the Catalan Psychiatric Association and in 2024 he was the first recipient of an award named after him by the Spanish EMDR Association. He was the chair of the EMDR Europe Scientific Research Committee from 2016-2021.

He has published 145 papers in Pubmed index journals so far, with a current h-index of 36 and a total of 3472 citations (Scopus). His current research interest focuses on the prevalence of psychological trauma, PTSD and complex PTSD in mental or comorbid somatic disorders and its treatment with trauma-focused strategies, and on the promotion of mental health in the worksetting and the community.