Dr. Natalia Fares-Otero

Klinische Psychologie und Traumatherapie
Gebäude 161, Zimmer 1020

Dr. Natalia Fares-Otero


Dr. Natalia E. Fares-Otero is a postdoctoral clinical researcher at the Bipolar and Depressive Disorders Unit, Department of Psychiatry and Psychology, Hospital Clínic, Institute of Neurosciences, University of Barcelona. She is a doctor in psychobiology, trained neuropsychologist, and MS in biostatistics. In the trauma field, Dr. Fares-Otero has studied the cognitive-behavioural, biological and social factors that contribute to severe mental disorders following childhood maltreatment exposure (abuse and neglect), working with both national and international populations. She is particularly interested to identify potential intervention targets.

Dr. Fares-Otero is currently based in Munich working at the Klinische Psychologie und Traumatherapie, Department of Psychology, University of the Bundeswehr Munich with Prof. Dr. Inga Schalinski to carry out the project: “Child maltreatment and resilience in adulthood: A systematic review and meta-analysis” funded by DAAD (ID-57681229 - Ref. No. 91629413).



  • Fares-Otero, N. E., O, J., Spies, G., Womersley, J. S., Gonzalez, C., Ayas, G., Mossie, T. B., Carranza-Neira, J., Estrada-Lorenzo, J. M., Vieta, E., Schalinski, I., Schnyder, U., & Seedat, S. (2023). Child maltreatment and resilience in adulthood: a protocol for a systematic review and meta-analysis. European Journal of Psychotraumatology14(2), 2282826. https://doi.org/10.1080/20008066.2023.2282826
  • Fares-Otero, N. E., Alameda, L., Pfaltz, M. C., Martinez-Aran, A., Schäfer, I., & Vieta, E. (2023). Examining associations, moderators and mediators between childhood maltreatment, social functioning, and social cognition in psychotic disorders: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Psychological Medicine53(13), 5909–5932. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0033291723001678
  • Fares-Otero, N. E., De Prisco, M., Oliva, V., Radua, J., Halligan, S. L., Vieta, E., & Martinez-Aran, A. (2023). Association between childhood maltreatment and social functioning in individuals with affective disorders: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica148(2), 142–164. https://doi.org/10.1111/acps.13557
  • Fares-Otero, N.E., Borràs, R., Sole, B., Torrent, C., Garriga, M., Serra-Navarro, M., Forte, M.F., Montejo, L., Salgado-Pineda, P., Montoro, I., Sánchez Gistau, V., Pomarol-Clotet, E., Ramos-Quiroga, J.A., Tortorella, A., Menculini, G., Grande, I., Garcia-Rizo, C., Martinez-Aran, A., Bernardo, M., Pacchiarotti, I., Vieta, E., Amoretti, S., Verdolini, N. (2023, in press) Cognitive reserve moderates the relationship between childhood maltreatment, objective and subjective cognition, and psychosocial functioning in individuals with first-episode psychosis. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy. https://doi.org/10.1037/tra0001650
  • Pfaltz, M. C., Halligan, S. L., Haim-Nachum, S., Sopp, M. R., Åhs, F., Bachem, R., Bartoli, E., Belete, H., Belete, T., Berzengi, A., Dukes, D., Essadek, A., Iqbal, N., Jobson, L., Langevin, R., Levy-Gigi, E., Lüönd, A. M., Martin-Soelch, C., Michael, T., Oe, M., … Fares-Otero, N.E., Schnyder, U., Seedat, S. (2022). Social Functioning in Individuals Affected by Childhood Maltreatment: Establishing a Research Agenda to Inform Interventions. Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics91(4), 238–251. https://doi.org/10.1159/000523667
  • Fares-Otero, N. E., & Martinez-Aran, A. (2022). Social Stress in Bipolar Disorder. European Neuropsychopharmacology: the journal of the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology60, 22–24. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.euroneuro.2022.04.002
  • Pfaltz, M. C., Passardi, S., Auschra, B., Fares-Otero, N. E., Schnyder, U., & Peyk, P. (2019). Are you angry at me? Negative interpretations of neutral facial expressions are linked to child maltreatment but not to posttraumatic stress disorder. European Journal of Psychotraumatology10(1), 1682929. https://doi.org/10.1080/20008198.2019.1682929