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Dr Antonios Dakanalis

Mental Health

University of Milano-Bicocca

Dr Antonios Dakanalis (MD, CPsy, DClinPsy, PhD) is a senior researcher and lecturer (of mental health) at the University of Milano-Bicocca, Italy (ranked among the world’s top 20 universities founded less than 50 years ago). Generally speaking, his teaching and research interests focus on abnormal behaviour and psychopathology, psycho-educational and evidenced-based (psychotherapeutic and pharmacological) and e-health interventions in mental disorders (with particular emphasis on those involving body image problems and/or impaired bodily consciousness), social and neuro-cognition in various clinical conditions (mental disorders included), and bio-psycho-social correlates of eating and co-occurring disorders.

His main line of research interests have always been and remain testing the validity of theory-based eziopathogenic models of body-image and appetite/weight related disturbances (including those that guide the existing first-line treatments), developing and validating several (self-reported or clinician-rated assessment) tools in these areas, and examining how new technology intervention-based approaches as treatment adjuncts could further improve the effectiveness of existing first-line treatments whilst, in parallel, trying to understand mechanisms of action. Beyond several longitudinal investigations, clinical (randomised control) trials, and meta-analytic reviews conducted in these areas, his work underpins the very first neuroscientifically informed model of body-image distortion in eating disorders and the very first application of embodiment experience as a tool for modifying body-image distortion in a controlled way.

In just the last five years, Antonios has generated over 30 chapters in books and encyclopaedias and over 75 well-cited scientific articles (h-index: 24, i10-index: 37, Scopus h-index: 21). In addition to the numerous invited lectures given on his multidisciplinary research topics in prestigious universities and events (in and outside Italy), he has served as a grant reviewer and is on the editorial or advisory board of numerous peer-reviewed journals (Eating and Weight Disorders - Studies on Anorexia, Bulimia and Obesity, and Frontiers in Eating Behaviours among others). He is also part of the scientific committees and organizations of several international conferences, a member of several academic societies, a recipient of prestigious (national and international) grants, as well as being the recipient of several awards and recognitions, including an honourable membership in the European Council of Eating Disorders.