Professor Miguel A Gonzalez-Torres

Miguel A Gonzalez-Torres is Professor of Psychiatry at the Department of Neurosciences at the University of the Basque Country and Head of the Psychiatry Service at Basurto University Hospital in Bilbao, Spain. He obtained his Medical Degree at the University of the Basque Country and completed the residency programme in Psychiatry at Salamanca University, where he also got his PhD. Later, he received full psychoanalytic training at Centro PsicoanalĂ­tico de Madrid (IFPS) and specialised in psychoanalytic approaches to severe Personality Disorders (Transference Focused Psychotherapy).

He has been President of the Basurto University Hospital Research Commission and member of the Advisor Committee for Mental Health of the Basque Government. At a national level, he has been member of the National Commission for the Specialty of Psychiatry and the Scientific Commission for the National Strategy on Mental Health, both institutions linked to the Ministry of Health in the Spanish Government.

Professor Gonzalez-Torres is currently President of OMIE Foundation, which has developed psychotherapy-training programmes in Bilbao, Barcelona, Madrid and Geneva. He is also President of Centro Psicoanalitico de Madrid and member of the Executive Committee of the International Federation of Psychoanalytic Societies.

He leads a research group pursuing an integrative programme, developing projects with biological-clinical and psychosocial orientations in adult, child and adolescent populations. His main clinical and research interests approach different facets of Psychosis and Personality Disorders. Identity issues at the individual and collective level have become a special focus of study in the last years. He has contributed with recent publications to the understanding of the roles played by identity difficulties in several different clinical and social problems, especially related to art and creation, sexuality and gender, and politics. This is a very multidisciplinary field where diverse contributions are essential.

He has been invited as Visiting Scholar at Cambridge Heritage Research Centre, where he will collaborate with the excellent multidisciplinary faculty and take advantage of its research facilities. During his stay as Visiting Fellow at Clare Hall, he plans to advance in the preparation of a book on individual and collective identity and design a new line of research on the topic.