dr. A. (Albert) Batalla Cases

dr. A. (Albert) Batalla Cases

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



Albert Batalla completed the Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery (BMBS) in 2017 (Autonomous University of Barcelona), being granted with the Extraordinary Award of Bachelor. In 2008 he started the residency in Psychiatry at Hospital Clínic de Barcelona, where he became interested in the neurobiology of cannabis use and its relation to psychotic disorders. In 2011 he started his PhD at the Department of Psychiatry and Clinical Psychobiology, University of Barcelona, under the supervision of Dr. Martín-Santos. In 2012 he performed a four-month traineeship at the neuroimaging lab of Melbourne Neuropsychiatry Centre, University of Melbourne, under the supervision of Prof. Murat Yücel. That same year he completed the residency of Psychiatry and started working as pre-doctoral researcher at the Fundació Clínic per a la Recerca Biomèdica (FCRB). He studied the impact of addiction (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. He completed his PhD in July 2014.

That same year he moved to the Netherlands, where he started working as a psychiatrist in Tactus Addiction Treatment and temporarily as postdoc at FCRB. In 2015 he joined NISPA ( and he got a position as senior lecturer (Master in Addiction Medicine) at the Radboud University and as a psychiatrist at the Radboud University Medical Center. Since 2018 he works as a psychiatrist and researcher at the University Medical Center Utrecht. His research focusses on the relation between early psychosis and substance use disorders, particularly cannabis use. He is involved in international projects (e.g. ENIGMA consortium), has published several articles and is a reviewer of international journals.

Research Output (61)

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

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 differences in the neuroanatomy of alcohol dependence:hippocampus and amygdala subregions in a sample of 966 people from the ENIGMA Addiction Working Group

Grace Sally, Rossetti Maria Gloria, Allen Nicholas, Batalla Albert, Bellani Marcella, Brambilla Paolo, Chye Yann, Cousijn Janna, Goudriaan Anna E., Hester Robert, Hutchison Kent, Labuschagne Izelle, Momenan Reza, Martin-Santos Rocio, Rendell Peter, Solowij Nadia, Sinha Rajita, Li Chiang shan Ray, Schmaal Lianne, Sjoerds Zsuzsika, Suo Chao, Terrett Gill, van Holst Ruth J., Veltman Dick J., Yücel Murat, Thompson Paul, Conrod Patricia, Mackey Scott, Garavan Hugh, Lorenzetti Valentina 4 mrt 2021, In: Translational Psychiatry. 11 15 p.

Effects of substance misuse on reward-processing in patients with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder

Paraskevopoulou Maria, van Rooij Daan, Batalla Albert, Chauvin Roselyne, Luijten Maartje, Schene Aart H., Buitelaar Jan K., Schellekens Arnt F.A. feb 2021, In: Neuropsychopharmacology. 46 , p. 622-631 10 p.

The Impact of Cannabidiol on Human Brain Function:A Systematic Review

Batalla Albert, Bos Julian, Postma Amber, Bossong Matthijs G. 21 jan 2021, In: Frontiers in Pharmacology. 11 15 p.

De medicamenteuze behandeling bij stoornis in het gebruik van cocaïne en amfetamine

Neven Arjen, Zonnenberg Cherryl, Steenkist Cassandra, Batalla Albert 2021, In: Tijdschrift voor Psychiatrie. 63 , p. 479 1 p.

Morbidity and mortality in schizophrenia with comorbid substance use disorders

Lähteenvuo Markku, Batalla Albert, Luykx Jurjen J., Mittendorfer-Rutz Ellenor, Tanskanen Antti, Tiihonen Jari, Taipale Heidi 2021, In: Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica. 144 , p. 42-49 8 p.

Gender-related neuroanatomical differences in alcohol dependence:findings from the ENIGMA Addiction Working Group

Rossetti Maria Gloria, Patalay Praveetha, Mackey Scott, Allen Nicholas B., Batalla Albert, Bellani Marcella, Chye Yann, Cousijn Janna, Goudriaan Anna E., Hester Robert, Hutchison Kent, Li Chiang Shan R., Martin-Santos Rocio, Momenan Reza, Sinha Rajita, Schmaal Lianne, Sjoerds Zsuzsika, Solowij Nadia, Suo Chao, van Holst Ruth J., Veltman Dick J., Yücel Murat, Thompson Paul M., Conrod Patricia, Garavan Hugh, Brambilla Paolo, Lorenzetti Valentina 2021, In: NeuroImage: Clinical. 30

Reactie op ‘Methylfenidaat en het risico op een psychose’

Lancee M, Maat A, van Veelen N, Roder C H, Schellekens A F A, Batalla A 2021, In: Tijdschrift voor Psychiatrie. 63 , p. 91-92 2 p.

Factors Moderating the Association Between Cannabis Use and Psychosis Risk:A Systematic Review

van der Steur Sanne J, Batalla Albert, Bossong Matthijs G 12 feb 2020, In: Brain sciences. 10 , p. 1-17

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