Joseba Achotegui Biography

Joseba

 Joseba Achotegui Loizate, psychiatrist

 Born on 24th, July 1952 (Durango, Spain)

He studied Primary and Secondary School with the Jesuits of Durango, Bilbao (Spain)

Bachelor of Medicine at University of Barcelona (1976)

Psychiatry Specialist at University of Barcelona (1980) with the highest rating

PhD in Medicine at University of the Basque Country (1990) with cum “cum laude”

Awards received

  • Professional Trajectory and Investigation Award” of the School of Public Health of the University of California, Berkeley (2019)
  • Medical Excellence Award ” of the Official College of Physicians of Barcelona (2018)
  • José Chávez Award ” from Hispanic immigrant associations in California for working with immigrants
  • Dean’s Team Award for Excellence” by the University of California, Davis. Working group composed of Dr Achotegui and 5 professors from Californian universities who delved into the concept “Ulysses Syndrome” (2016)
  • Global Refugee Community Advance Award” from immigrant and refugee associations of Northern California for work in mental health with immigrants (2016)
  • Prize for the best text of Continuing Medical Education” for the book “Chronic stress: clinical and therapeutic aspects” edited by Ediciones Mayo Barcelona  (2006)
  • Solidarity Award” of the Parlament de Catalunya for work with immigrants (1997)
  • Research Award” of the Spanish Society of Neuropsychiatry for the work “Migration and Mental Health” carried out as a member of the CIPP (Collective of Psychopathological and Psychosociological Research) of the Fundació Vidal i Barraquer of Barcelona (1987)

Professional career

  • Coordinator of the conference “Assistance programs for immigrants with Ulysses Syndrome in the European Union” held in the European Parliament (October 19, 2017)
  • Re-elected General Secretary of the Section of Transcultural Psychiatry of the World Psychiatric Association (since 2011)
  • President of the Congress of the World Psychiatric Association “Mental health, migration and transculturality in the 21st century” (Barcelona, October 30 to November 1, 2010)
  • Founding member of the World Association of Cultural Psychiatry (WACP), founded in Beijing and a member of the Advisory Board of that association (March 2009)
  • Director of the Summer University of the Coimbra Group – a network of European universities – (2009)
  • Regular collaborator to mental health issues for “Afectos en la noche”, a program on Radio Nacional de España and Radio Exterior de España (from 2008 to 2012)
  • Director of the meeting “Migratory policies and health” of the Euro-Mediterranean Health Conference organized by the Ministries of Health of the European Union and the countries of the southern Mediterranean. (Barcelona, November 14-15, 2005)
  • Director of the “Dialogue” entitled “Migrating and getting sick: Ulysses syndrome” of the Universal Forum of Cultures of Barcelona (September 1-5, 2004)
  • Advisor to the Secretary for the Immigration of the Generalitat de Catalunya (since 2004)
  • Coordinator of the group of experts created by the Ministry of Health of the Generalitat de Catalunya for the drafting of a protocol for action in the area of Mental Health and Migration (since 2003)

  • Coordinator of the act held in the European Parliament “Assistance programs for immigrants with Ulysses Syndrome in the European Union” (2003)
  • He has advised on the issues of  migration and family reunification to the Committee on Citizens’ Freedoms and Rights of the European Parliament (1998-2004)
  • President of the Collegiate Section of Psychiatrists of the College of Physicians of Barcelona (1997-2001)
  • Founder and Director of the SAPPIR (Psychopathological and Psychosocial Care Service for Refugee Immigrants) of the Sant Pere Claver Hospital in Barcelona (since 1994)
  • Member of the CIPP (Psychopathological and Psychosociological Research Collective) of the Vidal i Barraquer Foundation in Barcelona specializing in Migration and Mental Health (1982-1994). This group won the 1987 research prize of the Spanish Society of Neuropsychiatry for their work “Migration and Mental Health” published as a book by the University of Barcelona in 1993.
  • Research member of the European research R & D coordinated the project, SEJ20005-09170-C04-01 funded by the Ministry of Education and Science, “Psychological and psychosocial aspects of violence”.
  • Coordinator of the international working group on “The Ulysses Syndrome” sponsored by the Committee on Citizens’ Rights and Freedoms of the European Parliament
  • Reviewer of the journals “Transcultural Psychiatry” and “Advances in Latin American Psychology”.
  • Editor and director of the “International Journal of Migration and Mental Health from Psychosocial and Communitarian Perspective”.
  • Editor of the blog of the Diario Público, in particular, the section “Mental health in difficult times”
  • http://blogs.publico.es/joseba-achotegui/

More than 20 years teaching

  • University of Tokyo. Honorary Professor (November 2017)
  • University of Cádiz. The direction of the doctoral thesis “Incidence of the Syndrome of Ulysses in Andalusia” by Mónica Arboleda. The theses obtained the maximum qualification cum laude (2013)
  • Scotland Yard of London. Professor and advisor in programs to improve care for immigrants (since 2011)
  • University of California, Berkeley. Visiting professor annually to the School of Public Health (since 2008)
  • Université Paris Descartes. Professor of the Diplôme Universitaire “Santé, maladie, soins et culture” (since 2006)

  • University of Barcelona:
    • Director and speaker on the course “Mental health from the evolutionary perspective” organized by CosmoCaixa – Museu de la Ciència de Barcelona (January-March 2008)
    • Professor of the subject “Mental Health” from the evolutionary perspective (2002)
    • Director of the online and blended postgraduate course “Mental health and psychological interventions with immigrants, refugees and minorities” of the University of Barcelona in collaboration with the University of California, Berkeley and the Université Paris Descartes (1997)

Published books and collaborations

  • Villa Lorenzo, A. B., Jiménez Roset, J., Achotegui Loizate, J. (2009). Drogas e inmigración desde una perspectiva cultural. Murcia, España: Consejería de Sanidad.
  • Talarn, Achotegui, Anguera, Artola, Camps i Bellonch y Castillo (2007). Globalización y salud mental. Barcelona, España: Herder Editorial.
  • (2008). Exclusión social y salud mental. Barcelona, España: Ediciones Mayo.
  • (2006). Estrés crónico: aspectos clínicos y terapéuticos. Barcelona, España: Ediciones Mayo. This book obtained the Prize for the best text of Continuing Medical Education of the year 2006.
  • (2003). Ansiedad y depresión en los inmigrantes. Barcelona, España: Ediciones Mayo.
  • (2002). La depresión en los inmigrantes: una perspectiva transcultural. Barcelona, España: Ediciones Mayo. In this book is where the immigrant syndrome with chronic and multiple stress (Ulysses Syndrome) is described for the first time.

More than 100 articles and book chapters published

  • Achotegui J. et al. (2017). Concordancia entre evaluadores para la detección de factores de riesgo en salud mental en inmigrantes, La escala Ulises. Revista Norte de Salud Mental, 15(57), 13-23. Bilbao, España: Sociedad Española de Neuropsiquiatría.
  • Achotegui, J. y Jayme M. (2016). El reto de trabajar la relación terapéutica extendida y la transferencia negativa con inmigrantes, minorías y excluidos sociales. Revista Clínica Contemporánea, 7(2), 105-112. Madrid, España: Colegio Oficial de Psicólogos de Madrid.
  • (2017) Acerca de la psiquiatriación y el sobrediagnóstico de los traumas en los inmigrantes y refugiados. Revista Temas de Psicoanálisis, 13, 1-14. Barcelona, España: Sociedad Española de Psicoanálisis.
  • (2016) La salud mental de los inmigrantes en el siglo XXI – Investigación y Ciencia. Revista Mente y cerebro, 7, 16-24. Barcelona, España: Prensa Científica.
  • (2015) Estudio sociodemográfico de los inmigrantes con síndrome de Ulises. Estudio sobre 1.110 inmigrantes atendidos en el SAPPIR in Barcelona. Revista Norte de Salud Mental, 13(52), 70-79. Bilbao, España: Sociedad Española de Neuropsiquiatría.
  • (2013). Cefalea en inmigrantes. Estudio de 1043 casos. Estudio comparativo en inmigrantes con Síndrome de Ulises y otros diagnósticos. Revista Norte de Salud Mental, 10(44), 34-42. Bilbao, España: Sociedad Española de Neuropsiquiatría.
  • Achotegui J. et al. (2010). Investigación sobre la incidencia del Síndrome de Ulises en las consultas de salud mental de Valencia (España). Revista Norte de Salud Mental, 8(37), 17-31. Bilbao, España: Sociedad Española de Neuropsiquiatría.
  • (2010). Le Syndrome d’Ulysse. Revue Transfer, 3. París, Francia: Centre Minkowska.

  • (2007) La relación asistencial con inmigrantes y otros grupos con estrés crónico y exclusión social: la relación terapéutica extendida o ampliada. Revista Norte de Salud Mental, 7(27), 23-30. Bilbao, España: Sociedad Española de Neuropsiquiatría.
  • (2006) Estrés límite y salud mental: el Síndrome del inmigrante con estrés crónico y múltiple (Síndrome de Ulises). Revista Migraciones, 19, 59-85. Madrid, España: Instituto Universitario de Estudios sobre Migraciones. Universidad Comillas.
  • Achotegui J. et al. (2005). Study of 30 cases of inmigrants with The Immigrant Syndrome with Chronic and Multiple Stress (The Ulysses Syndrome). XIII World Congress of Psychiatry in Cairo, Egypt – 5000 Years of Science and Care.
  • (2004) Dossier del Diálogo sobre el Síndrome de Ulises del Congreso “Movimientos humanos y migración” del Fórum Universal de las Culturas, Barcelona, 2-5 de Septiembre del 2004.
  • (2004) Emigrar en situación extrema. El Síndrome del inmigrante con estrés crónico y múltiple (Síndrome de Ulises). Revista Norte de Salud Mental, 5(21), 39-53. Bilbao, España: Sociedad Española de Neuropsiquiatría.
  • (2003). Dossier de la reunión internacional sobre el Síndrome de Ulises celebrada en Bruselas en la sede del Parlamento Europeo, 5 de Noviembre del 2003.
  • (2002). Trastornos afectivos en los inmigrantes: la influencia de los factores culturales. Revista Jano, Suplemento “Temas Candentes”. Barcelona, España: Ediciones Doyma.
  • (2000). Los duelos de la migración: una perspectiva psicopatológica y psicosocial. En Perdiguero, E. y Comelles, J.M. (coord.), Medicina y cultura: Estudios entre la antropología y la medicina (pp. 83-100). Barcelona, España: Edicions Bellaterra.

The Ulysses Syndrome

In 2002 he described the Immigrant Syndrome with Chronic and Multiple Stress (Ulysses Syndrome)

The Ulysses Syndrome

In 2002 he described the Immigrant Syndrome with Chronic and Multiple Stress (Ulysses Syndrome)