dr. A. (Albert) Batalla Cases

dr. A. (Albert) Batalla Cases

Assistant Professor - medical
dr. A. (Albert) Batalla Cases
  • Psychiatry

Research Programs




Albert Batalla was born in Barcelona (Spain), where he completed the Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery in 2001, being granted with the Extraordinary Award of Bachelor (Autonomous University of Barcelona). He completed the training as psychiatrist (2012) and his PhD on the relationship between cannabis and psychosis (2014) at the Hospital Clinic de Barcelona (University of Barcelona). As pre-doctoral researcher at the Fundació Clínic per a la Recerca Biomèdica (FCRB) he studied the impact of addiction (focusing on cannabis) on the outcome of psychotic disorders, cognitive control and brain volume, revealing gene-environment interactions that play a role in the sensitivity to the effects of cannabis on the brain.
In 2014 he moved to the Netherlands, where he started working as a psychiatrist in Tactus Addiction Treatment and temporarily as postdoc at FCRB. Since 2018 he works at the Diagnosis and Early Psychosis Unit at the UMC Utrecht, where he leads the Care Program Substance Use. His primary goal is prevention and integration of addiction treatment, while enhancing patient participation, education (e.g. Outpatient Clinic Medical Cannabis in Psychiatry) and translational and innovative research, like the study of cannabinoids, psychedelics, eHealth and lifestyle interventions.

Albert is since 2020 chairman of the Addiction Section of the Dutch Psychiatric Association (NVvP), and since 2022 board member of the Addiction Section of the European Psychiatric Association (EPA). He is also senior lecturer at two nationwide postgraduate degrees in addiction at the Radboudumc (the Dutch Training in Addiction Medicine, NOVA; and the Addiction Psychiatry Course for specialists in psychiatry, Leertraject Verslavingspsychiatrie), and is involved in several teaching activities, including several curricula at the UMCU (Medicine, Biomedical Sciences, Master neuroscience and cognition, Pharmacy, Psychiatry training), masterclasses and courses in the Netherlands (e.g. Psyfar, RINO Groep) and abroad (e.g. Ekademeia). He is involved in international projects (e.g. ENIGMA consortium), has published several articles, book chapters, and is a reviewer of international journals.

Research Output (71)

The impact of cannabidiol treatment on resting state functional connectivity, prefrontal metabolite levels and reward processing in recent-onset patients with a psychotic disorder

van Boxel Ruben, Gangadin Shiral S, Janssen Hella, van der Steur Sanne, van der Vinne Lucia J C, Dortants Lon, Pelgrim Teuntje A D, Draisma Luc W R, Tuura Ruth, van der Meer Pim, Batalla Albert, Bossong Matthijs G 13 May 2023, In: Journal of Psychiatric Research. 163 , p. 93-101 9 p.

Therapeutic effect of psilocybin in addiction:A systematic review

van der Meer Pim B., Fuentes Juan J., Kaptein Ad A., Schoones Jan W., de Waal Marleen M., Goudriaan Anneke E., Kramers Kees, Schellekens Arnt, Somers Metten, Bossong Matthijs G., Batalla Albert 9 Feb 2023, In: Frontiers in Psychiatry. 14

Longitudinal Changes in Cortical Surface Area Associated With Transition to Psychosis in Adolescents at Clinical High Risk for the Disease

Fortea Adriana, van Eijndhoven Philip, Ilzarbe Daniel, Batalla Albert, Calvet-Mirabent Angels, de la Serna Elena, Puig Olga, Castro-Fornieles Josefina, Dolz Montserrat, Tor Jordina, Parrilla Sara, Via Esther, Stephan-Otto Christian, Baeza Inmaculada, Sugranyes Gisela 2023, In: Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. 62 , p. 593-600 8 p.

Associations between antipsychotic use, substance use and relapse risk in patients with schizophrenia:real-world evidence from two national cohorts

Lähteenvuo Markku, Luykx Jurjen J., Taipale Heidi, Mittendorfer-Rutz Ellenor, Tanskanen Antti, Batalla Albert, Tiihonen Jari 1 Dec 2022, In: The British journal of psychiatry : the journal of mental science. 221 , p. 758-765 8 p.

Barriers to genetic testing in clinical psychiatry and ways to overcome them:from clinicians’ attitudes to sociocultural differences between patients across the globe

Pinzón-Espinosa Justo, van der Horst Marte, Zinkstok Janneke, Austin Jehannine, Aalfs Cora, Batalla Albert, Sullivan Patrick, Vorstman Jacob, Luykx Jurjen J. Dec 2022, In: Translational Psychiatry. 12

Effects of family history of substance use disorder on reward processing in adolescents with and without attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder

Paraskevopoulou Maria, van Rooij Daan, Schene Aart H., Batalla Albert, Chauvin Roselyne J., Buitelaar Jan K., Schellekens Arnt F.A. Mar 2022, In: Addiction Biology. 27

Cannabis use and psychosis susceptibility:A call to action

Batalla Albert, Maat Arija Jan 2022, In: European Neuropsychopharmacology. 54 , p. 70-71 2 p.

Reproducibility in the absence of selective reporting:An illustration from large-scale brain asymmetry research

Kong Xiang Zhen, Francks Clyde, Kong Xiang Zhen, Mathias Samuel R., Guadalupe Tulio, Abé Christoph, Agartz Ingrid, Akudjedu Theophilus N., Aleman Andre, Alhusaini Saud, Allen Nicholas B., Ames David, Andreassen Ole A., Vasquez Alejandro Arias, Armstrong Nicola J., Asherson Phil, Bergo Felipe, Bastin Mark E., Batalla Albert, Bauer Jochen, Baune Bernhard T., Baur-Streubel Ramona, Biederman Joseph, Blaine Sara K., Boedhoe Premika, Bøen Erlend, Bose Anushree, Bralten Janita, Brandeis Daniel, Brem Silvia, Brodaty Henry, Yüksel Dilara, Brooks Samantha J., Buitelaar Jan, Bürger Christian, Bülow Robin, Calhoun Vince, Calvo Anna, Canales-Rodríguez Erick Jorge, Cannon Dara M., Caparelli Elisabeth C., Castellanos Francisco X., Cendes Fernando, Chaim-Avancini Tiffany Moukbel, Chantiluke Kaylita, Córdova-Palomera Aldo, Cousijn Janna, de Zeeuw Patrick, Durston Sarah, Oranje Bob, Jan 2022, In: Human Brain Mapping. 43 , p. 244-254 11 p.

Cortical gray matter reduction precedes transition to psychosis in individuals at clinical high-risk for psychosis:A voxel-based meta-analysis

Fortea Adriana, Batalla Albert, Radua Joaquim, van Eijndhoven Philip, Baeza Inmaculada, Albajes-Eizagirre Anton, Fusar-Poli Paolo, Castro-Fornieles Josefina, De la Serna Elena, Luna Licia P., Carvalho André F., Vieta Eduard, Sugranyes Gisela Jun 2021, In: Schizophrenia Research. 232 , p. 98-106 9 p.

Sex and dependence related neuroanatomical differences in regular cannabis users:findings from the ENIGMA Addiction Working Group

Rossetti Maria Gloria, Mackey Scott, Patalay Praveetha, Allen Nicholas B., Batalla Albert, Bellani Marcella, Chye Yann, Conrod Patricia, Cousijn Janna, Garavan Hugh, Goudriaan Anna E., Hester Robert, Martin-Santos Rocio, Solowij Nadia, Suo Chao, Thompson Paul M., Yücel Murat, Brambilla Paolo, Lorenzetti Valentina Jun 2021, In: Translational Psychiatry. 11

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