Mental Health

Research groups

Eduard Vieta
Josefina Castro-Fornieles
Josep M Haro
Feliciano Villar
Antonio Andres-Pueyo, David Gallardo, Alberto Maydeu-Olivares, Noemí Pereda, Santiago Redondo Illescas, Alvaro Rodriguez-Carballeira
M. Teresa Anguera, Roser Bono, Juana Gomez-Benito, Georgina Guilera
Carles Soriano-Mas, José M. Menchón, Ma. Del Pino Alonso
Miquel Bernardo

Representative of the research area

Dr. Georgina Guilera Ferre

gguilera (at)



Depression, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder have a substantial economic impact in mental health and social services. They are a major contributor to increasing direct healthcare system costs (e.g., hospital inpatient stays, prescription drugs), direct social system costs (e.g., pensions, guardianship) and indirect costs (e.g., loss of productivity from unemployment, reduced work productivity among family caregiver). Recently, there has been a paradigm shift in the way we understand mental disorders, moving from pursuing a clinical remission (i.e., symptom-free periods) to a full recovery (i.e., good performance in everyday life). Under a multidisciplinary approach, the Institute actively embraces the challenge of advancing mental health knowledge around underlying neurobiological mechanisms, cognitive and daily life functioning, and new treatments and therapies in psychotic and affective disorders in childhood, adolescence, and adulthood.

Featured projects


  • SYNCHROS: SYNergies for Cohorts in Health: integrating the Role of all Stakeholders. European Union. 825884. Josep M. Haro


  • Remote Assessment of Disease and Relapse in Central Nervous System Disorders. European Union. IMI2-2015-03-01. 115902. Josep M. Haro


  • A New Intervention for Implementation of Pharmacogenetics in Psychiatry. European Union. 945151. Eduard Vieta


  • Improving the Preparedness of Health Systems to Reduce Mental Health and Psychosocial Concerns resulting from the COVID-19 Pandemic (RESPOND). European Union. SC1-PHE-CORONAVIRUS2020-2C. 101016127. Josep M. Haro


  • Xarxa d’Innovació de Noves Tecnologies en Salut Mental – TECSAM. Departament d’Empresa i Coneixement. Generalitat de Catalunya. 2018 XARDI 00010. Josep M. Haro


  • Factores sociales, de estilo de vida, comorbilidad física y factores genéticos como causas de depresión en una población envejecida. Ministerio de Ciencia, Innovación y Universidades. PI19/00088. Josep M. Haro


  • Step by step standing up a Barnahus in Catalonia: A simulationbased training program to avoid secondary victimization in the assessment and treatment of child sexual abuse (STEPS). European Union. 881749. Noemi Pereda


  • Optimizing response to Li treatment through personalized evaluation of individuals with bipolar I disorder: the R-LiNK initiative. European Union. SC1-PM-02-2017. 754907-1. Eduard Vieta.


  • Network Center for Biomedical Research in Mental Health (CIBERSAM)