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Albert Batalla was born in Barcelona (Spain), where he completed the Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery in 2001, being granted with the Extraordinary Award of Bachelor (Autonomous University of Barcelona). He completed the training as psychiatrist (2012) and his PhD on the relationship between cannabis and psychosis (2014) at the Hospital Clinic de Barcelona (University of Barcelona). As pre-doctoral researcher at the Fundació Clínic per a la Recerca Biomèdica (FCRB) he studied the impact of addiction (focusing on cannabis) on the outcome of psychotic disorders, cognitive control and brain volume, revealing gene-environment interactions that play a role in the sensitivity to the effects of cannabis on the brain.
In 2014 he moved to the Netherlands, where he started working as a psychiatrist in Tactus Addiction Treatment and temporarily as postdoc at FCRB. Since 2018 he works at the Diagnosis and Early Psychosis Unit at the UMC Utrecht, where he leads the Care Program Substance Use. His primary goal is prevention and integration of addiction treatment, while enhancing patient participation, education (e.g. Outpatient Clinic Medical Cannabis in Psychiatry) and translational and innovative research, like the study of cannabinoids, psychedelics, eHealth and lifestyle interventions.

Albert is since 2020 chairman of the Addiction Section of the Dutch Psychiatric Association (NVvP), and since 2022 board member of the Addiction Section of the European Psychiatric Association (EPA). He is also senior lecturer at two nationwide postgraduate degrees in addiction at the Radboudumc (the Dutch Training in Addiction Medicine, NOVA; and the Addiction Psychiatry Course for specialists in psychiatry, Leertraject Verslavingspsychiatrie), and is involved in several teaching activities, including several curricula at the UMCU (Medicine, Biomedical Sciences, Master neuroscience and cognition, Pharmacy, Psychiatry training), masterclasses and courses in the Netherlands (e.g. Psyfar, RINO Groep) and abroad (e.g. Ekademeia). He is involved in international projects (e.g. ENIGMA consortium), has published several articles, book chapters, and is a reviewer of international journals.

Recent publications

Effecten van een rookvrijbeleid op attitudes zorgpersoneel en agressie in de psychiatrie C van den Berg, C J M van Berkel, P B van der Meer, B W A Tijsterman, A W M van Balkom, F E Scheepers, A Batalla
Tijdschrift voor Psychiatrie, 2024, vol. 66, p.70-75
The impact of cannabidiol treatment on resting state functional connectivity, prefrontal metabolite levels and reward processing in recent-onset patients with a psychotic disorder Ruben van Boxel, Shiral S Gangadin, Hella Janssen, Sanne van der Steur, Lucia J C van der Vinne, Lon Dortants, Teuntje A D Pelgrim, Luc W R Draisma, Ruth Tuura, Pim van der Meer, Albert Batalla, Matthijs G Bossong
Journal of Psychiatric Research, 2023, vol. 163, p.93-101
Longitudinal Changes in Cortical Surface Area Associated With Transition to Psychosis in Adolescents at Clinical High Risk for the Disease Adriana Fortea, Philip van Eijndhoven, Daniel Ilzarbe, Albert Batalla, Angels Calvet-Mirabent, Elena de la Serna, Olga Puig, Josefina Castro-Fornieles, Montserrat Dolz, Jordina Tor, Sara Parrilla, Esther Via, Christian Stephan-Otto, Inmaculada Baeza, Gisela Sugranyes
Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 2023, vol. 62, p.593-600
Therapeutic effect of psilocybin in addiction Pim B. van der Meer, Juan J. Fuentes, Ad A. Kaptein, Jan W. Schoones, Marleen M. de Waal, Anneke E. Goudriaan, Kees Kramers, Arnt Schellekens, Metten Somers, Matthijs G. Bossong, Albert Batalla
Frontiers in Psychiatry, 2023, vol. 14
Cannabis use and psychosis susceptibility Albert Batalla, Arija Maat
European Neuropsychopharmacology, 2022, vol. 54, p.70-71
Associations between antipsychotic use, substance use and relapse risk in patients with schizophrenia Markku Lähteenvuo, Jurjen J. Luykx, Heidi Taipale, Ellenor Mittendorfer-Rutz, Antti Tanskanen, Albert Batalla, Jari Tiihonen
The British journal of psychiatry : the journal of mental science, 2022, vol. 221, p.758-765

External positions

Senior lecturer, Radboud University Nijmegen