PRESENT PROFESSIONAL POSITION


Post-Doc Scholar.  VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY.  Start date: 01/11/2012

Department: Psychological Sciences. Affective Neuroscience Lab (Dir. Prof. David Zald)

Address: Wilson Hall. 111 21st Ave. South. Nashville. TN, 37240. USA.


ACADEMIC BACKGROUND


PhD in Research in Psychology (Jan.2008)

UNIVERSITAT RAMON LLULL. Facultat de Psicologia i Ciències de l’Educació i de l’Esport Blanquerna

Thesis Title: “Symptoms and Cognitive Functioning as disability predictors of outpatients with a diagnosis of schizophrenia”

Supervisor: Dr. Josep Maria Haro

Grade: Cum-Laude.

Extraordinary prize from the UNIVERSITY RAMON LLULL 2008.


MSc in Veterinary Clinical Ethology (Dec. 2005)

UNIVERSITAT AUTÒNOMA DE BARCELONA.

Thesis title: “Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: Transportability to Veterinary Clinical Practice”


MSc in Adult Psychopathology (Sept. 2005)

UNIVERSITAT AUTÒNOMA DE BARCELONA.

Thesis title: “Symptom Dimensions and Cognitive Functioning in Schizophrenia Outpatients”.


BA in Psychology (June 2001)

UNIVERSITAT RAMON LLULL. Facultat de Psicologia i Ciències de l’Educació i de l’Esport Blanquerna     


PAST SCIENTIFIC EXPERIENCE


Post-Doc Researcher. Parc Sanitari Sant Joan de Deu. CIBERSAM. Barcelona, SPAIN. 01/02/2009 - 15/10/2012

Post-Doc Researcher. Research Unit. Saint John of God Research Foundation. Barcelona, SPAIN. 01/02/2008 - 31/10/2010

Research Assistant. Research Unit. Saint John of God Research Foundation. Barcelona, SPAIN. 01/01/2006- 31/01/2008

Pre-Doc Fellow. Research Unit. Saint John of God- Mental Health Services. Barcelona, SPAIN. 01/03/2002 - 31/12/2005

Support Fellow. Neuropsychology Research Group. Universitat Ramon Llull. Barcelona, SPAIN. 01/09/2002 - 01/11/2005

  

PAST TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Visiting Assistant Professor. Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Medicine/Psychiatry and Legal Medicine.

  1. -Psychological Basis of Illness. 01/10/2010 - 15/09/2012

  2. -Drugs and Addictive Behavior. 01/09/2009 - 31/01/2010


PUBLICATIONS


Peer reviewed journals


Villalta-Gil, V.; Meléndez-Pérez, I.; Russell, T.; Surguladze, S: Radua, J.; Fusté, M.; Stephan-Otto, C.; Haro, J.M. Functional similarity of facial emotion processing between people with a first episode of psychosis and healthy subjects. Schizophr Res. (in press).

Fuste, M.; Pinacho,R.; Melendez-Perez, I.; Villalmanzo, N.; Villalta-Gil, V.; Haro, J.M.; Ramos, B. Reduced expression of SP1 and SP4 transcription factors in peripheral blood mononuclear cells in first-episode psychosis. Journal of Psychiatric Research(in press).

Brébion G, Villalta-Gil V, Autonell J, Cervilla J, Dolz M, Foix A, Haro JM, Usall J, Vilaplana M, Ochoa S. Cognitive correlates of verbal memory and verbal fluency in schizophrenia, and differential effects of various clinical symptoms between male and female patients. Schizophr Res. 147(1):81-5. 2013.

A. Barajas, S. Ochoa, I. Baños, M. Dolz, V. Villalta-Gil, M. Vilaplana, J. Autonell, B. Sánchez, J.A. Cervilla, A. Foix, J.E. Obiols, J.M. Haro, J. Usall. Spanish validation of the Premorbid Adjustment Scale (PAS-S). Comprehensive Psychiatry. (in press).

S. Ochoa, L. Salvador, V. Villalta-Gil, K. GIbert, JM Haro. Use of functioning-disability and dependency for case-mix and subtyping of schizophrenia. European Journal of Psychiatry. 26: 5-20, 2012.

J. Usall, R. Iniesta, S. Ochoa, V. Villalta, D. Suárez, M. Pezzimenti, V. Moneta, M. Torres, F. Mochon and J. Millán. Gender Differences in the Use of Mental Health Services in a Barcelona Area. European Journal of Psychiatry 26:30-40, 2012.

A. Barajas, I.Banos, S. Ochoa, J. Usall, E. Huerta, M. Dolz, B. Sánchez, V. Villalta, A. Foix, J. Obiols, JM.Haro. Gender differences in incipient psychosis. European Journal of Psychiatry. 24: 176-194, 2010.

B. Arranz, G. Brevion, J. M. Haro, S. Ochoa, B. Ramos, L. San, C. Stephanotto, J. Usall, and V. Villalta. The Saint John of God Mental Health Research Group in Barcelona. European Journal of Psychiatry 23:70-75, 2009.

V. Villalta-Gil, M. Roca, N. Gonzalez, E. Domenec, Cuca, A. Escanilla, M. R. Asensio, M. E. Esteban, S. Ochoa, J. M. Haro, and Grp Schi-Can. Dog Assisted Therapy in the Treatment of Chronic Schizophrenia Inpatients. Anthrozoos 22 (2):149-159, 2009.

S. Ochoa, M. Vilaplana, J. M. Haro, V. Villalta-Gil, F. Martinez, M. C. Negredo, P. Casacuberta, E. Paniego, J. Usall, M. Dolz, J. Autonell, and Grp Nedes. Do needs, symptoms or disability of outpatients with schizophrenia influence family burden? Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology 43 (8):612-618, 2008.

M. Vilaplana, S. Ochoa, A. Martinez, V. Villalta, R. Martinez-Leal, E. Puigdollers, L. Salvador, A. Martorell, P. E. Munoz, J. M. Haro, and R. I. R. A. Psicost Red. Validation in Spanish population of the family objective and subjective burden interview (EFOS-II) for relatives of patiens with schizophrenia. Actas Espanolas de Psiquiatria 35 (6):372-381, 2007.

V. Villalta-Gil, M. Vilaplana, S. Ochoa, J. M. Haro, M. Dolz, J. Usall, J. Cervilla, and Grp Nedena. Neurocognitive performance and negative symptoms: Are they equal in explaining disability in schizophrenia outpatients? Schizophrenia Research 87 (1-3):246-253, 2006.

S. Ochoa, J. Usall, V. Villalta-Gil, M. Vilaplana, M. Marquez, M. Valdelomar, J. M. Haro, and Grp Nedes. Influence of age at onset on social functioning in outpatients with schizophrenia. European Journal of Psychiatry 20 (3):157-163, 2006.

V. Villalta-Gil, M. Vilaplana, S. Ochoa, M. Dolz, J. Udall, J. M. Haro, J. Almena, J. L. Gonzalez, C. Lagers, and Grip Nedes. Four symptom dimensions in outpatients with schizophrenia. Comprehensive Psychiatry 47 (5):384-388, 2006.


Other journals:

Olga Bruna Rabassa, Judit Subirana Mirete, Miguel Puyuelo Sanclemente. Carles Virgili Tejedor, Victòria Villalta Gil, Sara Signo Miguel. Velocidad de Procesamiento de la Información como medida para la valoración del deterioro cognitivo. Estudio preliminar. Alzheimer. Realidades e Investigación en Demencia, in press.

V. Villalta-Gil. Esquizofrenia Crónica. Mente y cerebro, 39: 91-92, 2009.

Olga Bruna, Judit Subirana, Victoria Villalta, Carles Virgili, Carmen Junqué Plaja. Alteraciones neuropsicológicas y de la fluencia verbal. Revista de logopedia, foniatría y audiología,   28: 8-14, 2008.

Marta Barceló, Victoria Villalta, Antonio Serrano, Susana Ochoa Güerre, Judith Usall i Rodié. Influencia de la menopausia y el sexo en el funcionamiento neuropsicológico de pacientes con esquizofrenia. Psiquiatría biológica: Publicación oficial de la Sociedad Española de Psiquiatría Biológica, 14 (5):187-193, 2007.

Ana Barajas, Iris Baños, Susana Ochoa, Judith Usall i Rodié, V. Villalta-Gil, Montse Dolz, Bernardo Sánchez, Josep María Haro, Grupo GENIPE. Edad de inicio del primer episodio psicótico, ¿hay diferencias clínicas entre varones y mujeres? Psiquiatría biológica: Publicación oficial de la Sociedad Española de Psiquiatría Biológica,14(4):136-141, 2007.

V. Villalta-Gil, Susana Ochoa Güerre. La Terapia Facilitada por Animales como programa de rehabilitación adjunto para personas con diagnóstico de Esquizofrenia Crónica. Papeles del psicólogo: revista del Colegio Oficial de Psicólogos, 28 (1):49-56, 2007.

Victoria Villalta, Olga Bruna. Fluència verbal i funcions neuropsicològiques en la Malaltia de Parkinson. Aloma: revista de psicologia, ciències de l'educació i de l'esport,, 17:35-42, 2005.


Communications

J. Cervilla, E. de Portugal, N. Gonzalez, V. Villalta-Gil, M. Vilaplana, M. Dolz, S. Ochoa, J. Usall, and J. M. Haro. The paraspectrum study: searching for a valid paranoid psychotic phenotype. European Psychiatry 22:S56-S57, 2007.

V. Villalta-Gil, S. Ochoa, M. Vilaplana, J. M. Haro, and J. Usall. PAT for inpatients with diagnosis of schizophrenia. Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica 114:49, 2006.

M. Barcelo-Campana, V. Villalta-Gil, M. Vilaplana-Massaguer, S. Ochoa-Guerre, M. Dolz-Abadia, J. Cervilla-Ballesteros, and J. Usall-Rodie. Does gender predict neuropsychological functioning in schizophrenic outpatients? European Psychiatry 20:S75, 2005.

J. M. Haro, M. Vilaplana, V. Villalta, M. Dolz, S. Araya, S. Ochoa, F. Asensio, J. Usall, and E. Busquets. Number and type of patient needs and cognitive functioning in schizophrenia. Schizophrenia Research 67 (1):247, 2004.

V. Villalta, M. Vilaplana, J. M. Haro, A. Foix, J. Vaquer, M. Dolz, A. Gost, and J. Cervilla. Dimensions of psychopathology and cognitive impairment in schizophrenia. Schizophrenia Research 67 (1):78, 2004.

M. Dolz, S. Ochoa, V. Villalta, M. Vilaplana, J. Usall, and J. Haro. Minor physical abnormalities and soft signs relates to clinical and cognitive variables of schizophrenia. Schizophrenia Bulletin 31 (2):221-222, 2005.

S. Ochoa, M. Dolz, M. Vilaplana, V. Villalta, J. Usall, and J. Haro. Relation between number and type of patient needs and their family burden. Schizophrenia Bulletin 31 (2):234, 2005.

Book chapters:

Rafael Penadés Rubio, Victoria Villalta Gil, Núria Farriols Herrando, Carol Palma Sevillano y Carlos Salavera Bordás (2011). Esquizofrenia. In Olga Bruna, Teresa Roig , Miguel Puyuelo, Carme Junqué, Ángel Ruano (Eds). Rehabilitación neuropsicológica.  Intervención y práctica clínica (1st ed. pp. 207-228). Barcelona: Elsevier.

Dolz M, Villalta-Gil V, Vilaplana M, Torres Jiménez A (2007). Subtipos de esquizofrenia y neurodesarrollo. A Dolz M (Ed.),Subtipos de la Esquizofrenia (1 ed., pp. 73-104). Madrid: Aula Medica.

Ochoa S, Villalta-Gil V, Haro JM, Usall J, Autonell J, Vilaplana M, Dolz M. (2006) Needs of outpatients with schizophrenia.In French, D.P. (Ed.), Schizophrenic Psychology: New Research (1 ed.). USA: Nova Publishers.


PARTICIPATION IN RESEARCH PROJECTS     


ROLE: Principal investigator


PROJECT TITLE:  The Pathologies of the Social Brain: a neurofunctional approach to social disability in autism, paranoia and social anxiety.

FINANCIAL ENTITY:  Fundació Marató de TV3. 

LENGTH FROM:  01/01/2010   TO:  31/12/2012     AMOUNT:  195,203.75 € 


PROJECT TITLE:  Social Decision-making in people high in psychopathic traits..

FINANCIAL ENTITY:  MICINN 

LENGTH FROM:  01/01/2012   TO:  31/12/2012    AMOUNT:  74,000 € 



ROLE: Post Doc Researcher


Neurosciences Area


Project Title: RDoC Constructs: Neural Substrates, Heritability and Relation to Psychopathology.

FINANCIAL ENTITY: NIMH.

LENGTH FROM: 09/2012 TO: 09/2016 AMOUNT: $4.000.000

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR: David Zald


PROJECT TITLE: Gender Differences in the neuroanatomical and neurofunctional basis of social Cognition in First Psychotic Episodes.

FINANCIAL ENTITY: Fondo de Investigación Sanitaria. Spanish Ministry of Health.

LENGTH FROM: 2008-01-01 TO: 2010-12-31 AMOUNT: 120.250

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR: Josep Maria Haro



ROLE: Research Assistant


Neurosciences Area


Project Title: Application of New Tools for the assessment of the Frontostriatal disfunction in Schizophrenia.

FINANCIAL ENTITY: Fondo de Investigación Sanitaria. Spanish Ministry of Health.

LENGTH FROM: 2005-01-01 TO: 2008-12-31 AMOUNT: 114.000

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR: Raymond Salvador


Psychopathology Area


PROJECT TITLE: Efficacy, Security and Tolerance of a combination of Amisulppiride and Quetiapine compared to Clozapine for the Treatment of resistant Schizophrenia.

FINANCIAL ENTITY: Stanley Research Foundation

LENGTH FROM: 2003-01-01 TO: 2006-12-31 AMOUNT: 143.872

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR: Josep Maria Haro


PROJECT TITLE: Drugs Abuse in people with a First Psychotic Episode.

FINANCIAL ENTITY: Obra Social Caja Navarra

LENGTH FROM: 2007-01-01 TO: 2007-12-31 AMOUNT: 105.000

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR: Susana Ochoa


PROJECT TITLE: Early detection and prevention of Cognitive Deficit associated to normal ageing and Alzheimer’s Disease.

FINANCIAL ENTITY: Universitat Ramon Llull

LENGTH FROM: 2004-01-01 TO: 2004-12-31 Length: 1 any.

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR: Dra. Olga Bruna


PROJECT TITLE: Neuropsychological Functioning, Minor Soft Signs and Neurodevelopment markers as factors of needs, treatment response and illness course in people with schizophrenia. A 5-year follow-up study.

FINANCIAL ENTITY: Fundació Marató de TV3

LENGTH FROM: 2002-01-01 TO: 2005-12-31 AMOUNT: 90.000

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR: Jorge Cervilla Ballesteros


PROJECT TITLE: Adaptation and Validation of the Spanish Questionnaire for Communication Skills  (CSQ) in people with Schizophrenia.

FINANCIAL ENTITY: ETES

LENGTH FROM: 2008-01-01 TO: 2008-12-31 AMOUNT: 6.000

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR: Emma Casas


PROJECT TITLE: Application of a pet-assisted therapy for people with chronic schizophrenia.

FINANCIAL ENTITY: Fundació La Caixa

LENGTH FROM: 2007-01-01 TO: 2007-12-31 AMOUNT: 20.000

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR: Susana Ochoa


PROJECT TITLE: Thematic Network of Psychiatry - RETICS

FINANCIAL ENTITY: ISCiii

LENGTH FROM: 2007-01-01 TO: 2007-12-31 AMOUNT:: 114.000

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR: Josep Maria Haro


Service Use Area


PROJECT TITLE: Disponibilidad y uso de servicios de salud mental en Catalunya: Estudio comparativo de tres comunidades autónomas.

FINANCIAL ENTITY: CATSALUT

LENGTH FROM: 2002-01-01 TO: 2002-12-31 AMOUNT: 114.102

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR: Josep Maria Haro


PROJECT TITLE: Aplicación de un nuevo sistema de información sobre servicios de salud mental.

FINANCIAL ENTITY: FIS REDES TEMÁTICAS G03/061

LENGTH FROM: 2002-01-01 TO: 2005-12-31 AMOUNT: 130.300

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR: Josep Maria Haro


PROJECT TITLE: Utilidad de un sistema de apoyo a la planificación de la salud mental en Cataluña.

FINANCIAL ENTITY: Departament de Planificació de Salut de la Generalitat de Catalunya

LENGTH FROM: 2005-01-01 TO: 2005-06-30 AMOUNT: 36.000

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR: Josep Maria Haro


PROJECT TITLE: Dependence definition in Mental Health.

FINANCIAL ENTITY: ProdeP

LENGTH FROM: 2005-01-01 TO: 2005-04-30 AMOUNT: 10.500

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR: Josep Maria Haro


PROJECT TITLE: Gender Differences in mental health Service Use.

FINANCIAL ENTITY: ETES

LENGTH FROM: 2007-01-01 TO: 2008-12-31 AMOUNT:: 22.990

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR: Judith Usall


THESIS SUPERVISED

TITLE:  Neuropsychological and Clinical Differences between Delusional Disorder and Schizophrenia   

Ph. D. STUDENT: Nieves del Carmen González  

UNIVERSITY:  Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona    FACULTY/SCHOOL: Medicine     

YEAR:  in progress. 


TITLE:  Face Emotion Recognition in people with a First Psychotic Episode   

Ph. D. STUDENT: Iria Meléndez 

UNIVERSITY:  Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona    FACULTY/SCHOOL: Medicine     

YEAR:  in progress. 

COURSES AND WORKSHOPS ATTENDED


Workshop on the Biological Basis of Social Cognition (70h)

- Place and date: New York, 2008

- Organizers: Cold Spring Harbour Laboratory. Ralph Adolphs and David Skuse.


Values and Empathy across social barriers: a neurocognitive approach to fairness.

- Place and date: Barcelona, 2008

  1. -Organizers: New York Academy of Sciences.


Opportunities and Challenges in Social Neuroscience

- Place and date: Utrecht, 2011

  1. -Organizers: Universiteit Utrecht.


SPM Course

- Place and date: London, 2011

  1. -Organizers: UCL Insitute of Neurology, Wellcome Trust Center for Neuroimaging.


Other information

Fluent in English, Spanish and Catalan

Technical skills:

Statistical Package SPSS

ReferenceManager/Endnote

Presentation (Neurobehavioral Systems) and EPrime (Psychology Software Tools)

SPM for Matlab.