Scientific Director of IDIBELL
Fernando Fernández-Aranda is a specialist in clinical psychology and Director of the Eating Disorders Unit of the Department of Psychiatry of the Bellvitge University Hospital and head of the IDIBELL Psychoneurobiology of Eating and Addictive Behaviours group. In addition, he was appointed Distinguished Professor of Psychology in the Department of Clinical Sciences of the Bellvitge Campus of the University of Barcelona (UB) since 2020.
Fernández-Aranda graduated in Psychology from the UB in 1990, later did his doctoral thesis in Psychology at the University of Hamburg, where he was working and researching for five years. Since then, he has served as visiting professor at various international universities, has given hundreds of lectures around the world, has published more than 390 scientific papers, and has received several international awards for his research and innovation.
He has been principal investigator in more than 20 national projects and is group leader and coordinator of the Obesity Subprogram of the CIBER of Physiopathology of Obesity and Nutrition (CIBERobn). Between 2019 and 2021 he was the President of the Research Committee of the Bellvitge University Hospital, a position that he left coinciding with his appointment as Scientific Director of IDIBELL.
His research work has had an obvious international dimension, having participated as principal investigator in more than 10 international competitive multicenter projects, he is currently the editor-in-chief of the journal European Eating Disorders Review, he has been president of the World Society for Research in Disorders Alimentarios and is Co-Director of the Eating Disorders Section of the World Psychiatric Association (WPA).