Current position

  Associate Professor (Clinical Psychology), Institute of Psychology, University of Innsbruck     

Senior Clinical Research Associate (Principal investigator), Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy,

University Clinic, University of Ulm, Germany   


Past positions

   March 2013- Institute of Psychology, University of Innsbruck

September 2010-March 2014enior Clinical Research Associate, Psychiatry and Psychotherapy Clinic, University of Ulm

Jan. 2009-Aug. 2010 Visiting Research Fellow, Brain Mapping Unit, Department of Psychiatry, University of Cambridge, UK  

Sept. 2008-Dec. 2008 Consultant, Psychiatric Clinic, University of Bern, Bern, Switzerland

Oct. 2002-August 2008 Consultant, Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, University Clinic, University of Ulm

July 1999-Sept. 2002 Postdoc, Direction software and methods development group, Department of Psychiatry and      Psychotherapy, University Clinic, University of Ulm

Oct. 1995-March 1999 PhD Student, Departments of Psychiatry and Neurology (Dr G.E. Berrios, Dr J. Hodges), University of Cambridge, UK

Easter Term 1995 Lecturer MRCPsych course Addenbrooke’s Hospital/Depart­ment of Psychiatry, University of Cambridge, UK

March 1993-Oct. 1994 Senior house officer and then Registrar in Psychiatry, Depratment of Psychiatry, University Clinic, University of Pavia, Italy

Jan. 1992-March 1993 Medical Officer, Brigata Legnano, Italian Army

Nov. 1990-Dec.1991 Senior house officer in Neurology, Neurology Clinic, Foundation C. Mondino, University of Pavia, Italy



1989: University of Pavia, Italy: Degree in Medicine and Surgery, 110/100 with honours, with a thesis on the History of the     notion of guilt in psychoanalytic literature’ (supervisor: Prof F. Petrella).

1990: University of Cambridge, UK: M.Phil. in Social Anthropology, with a thesis on the ‘History of amok and suicidal ritual behaviour in South-East Asia’ (supervisor: Dr G. Lewis).

1994: University of Pavia, Italy: MD in Psychiatry, 50/50 with honours, with a thesis on the ‘Notion of dementia in XIXth century French psychiatry and the emergence of the notions of confusion and dissociation’ (supervisor: Prof. F. Petrella).

1998: University of Cambridge, UK: PhD in Psychiatry with a thesis on ‘The concept of the self in French and German psychiatry in the nineteenth century’ (supervisor: Dr G. Berrios. One year of the PhD was spent at the Department of Psychiatry of the Universty of Heidelberg with Prof. M. Spitzer). 



English (fluent), German (fluent), Italian (fluent) 


ERA-PERMED Grant, 290.000 Euro from 1.5.2022 to 30.4.2025.

Project Austrian NeuroCloud (BMBWF), 101.250 Euro from 1.1.2021 to 31.12.2024.

Project Intermediären Phenotypen (BfArm), 296.810 Euro from 1.12.2017 to 31.12.2021. PI

Project BrainCYP, (BfArM) 212.900 Euro from 01.10.2014 to 31.12.2017. PI. Development of psychopathology markers with neuroimaging methods.

NEURON-Eranet grant (BMBF) 163.200 Euro from 01.06.2014 to 31.05.2017. Co-PI (with Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm; Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, University of Toronto; BfArM, Bonn). Genetic neuroimaging for affective disorders.

Project Sert-fMRT (BfArM) 137.600 Euro from 01.01.2014 to 31.12.2017. PI. Functional neuroimaging in depressive patients, pre- and post-intervention.

European Social Fund. 187 500 Euro. From October 2005-November 2008. Co-PI with members of the Department of Psychiatry of the University of Ulm. Evaluation of techniques of emotion regulation (functional neuroimaging).



Human Brain Mapping society

European College Neuropsychopharmacology 


Editorial activity 

Referent reviewer for the Österreicher Akademie der Wissenschaften.

Associated editor: Frontiers in Psychology and Frontiers in Psychiatry, Section Psychopathology; Frontiers in Neuroimaging and Frontiers in Neuroscience: Barin Imaging Methods


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