Norma Verdolini graduated in Medicine in 2011 and performed a clinical residency in Psychiatry at the University of Perugia (Italy).

In 2014 she performed a research attachment at the South Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust in collaboration with the University of Cambridge, UK. In the last year of the specialty (2016) she collaborated with the Bipolar and Depressive Disorders Unit of the Hospital Clínic in Barcelona (Spain) and got involved in a project that aims to understand the psychiatric correlates of self- or hetero-aggression in bipolar disorder and decided to further my PhD thesis on this topic.

After completing her clinical residency, she worked as a psychiatrist and clinical investigator. In January 2018 she joined FIDMAG Hermanas Hospitalarias Research Foundation (Spain) with a “Río Hortega” contract by the “Instituto de Salud Carlos III” to study the neurobiological basis of bipolar disorder.

In November 2018 she defended her PhD thesis entitled “SELF- AND HETERO-AGGRESSION: Clinical Implications in Bipolar Disorder and Mixed States” at the University of Barcelona. The PhD thesis included few of her previous articles, for example “Aggressiveness in depression: a neglected symptom possibly associated with bipolarity and mixed features” published in Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica, and “The aggressor at the mirror: Psychiatric correlates of deliberate self-harm in male prison inmates” published in European Psychiatry, among others.

In May 2019 she became a post-doctoral fellow of the “Biomedicine international training research programme for excellent clinician-scientists-BITRECS”, funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 754550 and from “La Caixa” Foundation, at the “Institut d'Investigacions Biomèdiques August Pi i Sunyer-IDIBAPS”, Barcelona.

She is currently working in the research line focused on early stages in bipolar disorders, trying to identify the prodromes and predictors of the development of bipolar disorders.


Norma Verdolini