Maria Parellada, MD, PHD,
specialized in General Psychiatry in Madrid and in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the Institute of Psychiatry, London. Dr. Parellada has been a consultant in Psychiatry since 1997 and is a professor in the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Department, University Hospital Gregorio Marañón (HGUGM), Madrid, Spain (since 2000). Dr. Parellada is also the coordinator of the Specialty Care program for ASD (AMITEA) at HGUGM and is an investigator of the Centro de Investigación Biomédica en Red de Salud Mental (CIBERSAM). She is also an Assistant Professor in Psychiatry at the School of Medicine, University Complutense, Madrid, (since 2008).
Dr. Parellada's areas of clinical work include: severe mental disorders in adolescents, mainly first episodes of psychosis and autism (ASD). Dr. Parellada's main research areas are: 1) early onset psychosis, including psychopharmacology, structural neuroimaging, inflammatory mechanisms and efficacy and tolerance of second-generation antipsychotics. 2) Autism, including: services development and the neurobiology of ASD, searching for biomarkers and intermediate mechanisms of the disorder, with the view of understanding the pathology and finding new and /or better defined therapeutic targets.