Investigador Doctor

Dra. Susana Carmona Cañabate

Dra. Susana
Carmona Cañabate


After graduating in psychology in 2004 (awarded as the most standing graduate student) Susana received a 4 years fellowship from the Spanish Government to obtain the Ph.D. degree in Cognitive Neuroscience at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Bellaterra, Spain, in 2008, (awarded as the most standing PhD student). As part of her PhD she spend 6 months at the Department of Psychology at Columbia University, New York, EEUU. After her PhD, she has worked as an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Universitat Pompeu Fabra. In 2010 she obtained a two-years postdoctoral fellowship (Fullbright) to do postdoc at the Cognitive Brain Science Center of Harvard University, Massachusetts, EEUU. In 2013, she was granted with a M-VISION Cofund fellowship, which is funded from the People Programme (Marie Curie Actions) of the European Union's Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013).

During these 11 years of scientific career, Susana has 24 scientific publications. In addition to peer-reviewed scientific papers, she has also published a book and four book chapters and has a wide range of tutoring and teaching experiences. Furthermore, the close and long-lasting collaborations she started with previous mentors at Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona, Columbia University and Harvard University has provided her the opportunity to participate in six national and five international “Research and Development” projects, as well as in the organization of international conferences and national workshops.

Selected Publications

  • Sensation-to-cognition cortical streams in attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. Carmona S, Hoekzema E, Castellanos FX, García-García D, Lage-Castellanos A, Van Dijk KR, Navas-Sánchez FJ, Martínez K, Desco M, Sepulcre J. Hum Brain Mapp. 2015 Jul;36(7):2544-57. doi: 10.1002/hbm.22790. Epub 2015 Mar 28.
  • The neuroanatomical basis of panic disorder and social phobia in schizophrenia: a voxel based morphometric study.Picado M, Carmona S, Hoekzema E, Pailhez G, Bergé D, Mané A, Fauquet J, Hilferty J, Moreno A, Cortizo R, Vilarroya O, Bulbena A.PLoS One. 2015 Mar 16;10(3):e0119847. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0119847. 
  • Emotion processing in joint hypermobility: A potential link to the neural bases of anxiety and related somatic symptoms in collagen anomalies. Mallorquí-Bagué N, Bulbena A, Roé-Vellvé N, Hoekzema E, Carmona S, Barba-Müller E, Fauquet J, Pailhez G, Vilarroya O. Eur Psychiatry. 2015 Jun;30(4):454-8. doi: 10.1016/j.eurpsy.2015.01.004. Epub 2015 Feb 13.
  • Limbic activity in antipsychotic naïve first-episode psychotic subjects during facial emotion discrimination. Bergé D, Carmona S, Salgado P, Rovira M, Bulbena A, Vilarroya O. Eur Arch Psychiatry Clin Neurosci. 2014 Jun;264(4):271-83. doi: 10.1007/s00406-013-0465-5. Epub 2013 Nov 21.
  • Learning biases underlying individual differences in sensitivity to social rejection. Olsson A, Carmona S, Downey G, Bolger N, Ochsner KN. Emotion. 2013 Aug;13(4):616-21. doi: 10.1037/a0033150.
  • An independent components and functional connectivity analysis of resting state fMRI data points to neural network dysregulation in adult ADHD. Hoekzema E, Carmona S, Ramos-Quiroga JA, Richarte Fernández V, Bosch R, Soliva JC, Rovira M, Bulbena A, Tobeña A, Casas M, Vilarroya O. Hum Brain Mapp. 2014 Apr;35(4):1261-72. doi: 10.1002/hbm.22250. Epub 2013 Feb 18.
  • Laminar thickness alterations in the fronto-parietal cortical mantle of patients with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. Hoekzema E, Carmona S, Ramos-Quiroga JA, Richarte Fernández V, Picado M, Bosch R, Soliva JC, Rovira M, Vives Y, Bulbena A, Tobeña A, Casas M, Vilarroya O. PLoS One. 2012;7(12):e48286. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0048286. Epub 2012 Dec 11. Erratum in: PLoS One. 2013;8(7). doi: 10.1371/annotation/7f26a4d8-ec45-4d43-a388-f2d0d4f1a76a.
  • Stimulant drugs trigger transient volumetric changes in the human ventral striatum. Hoekzema E, Carmona S, Ramos-Quiroga JA, Canals C, Moreno A, Richarte Fernández V, Picado M, Bosch R, Duñó L, Soliva JC, Rovira M, Bulbena A, Tobeña A, Casas M, Vilarroya O. Brain Struct Funct. 2014 Jan;219(1):23-34. doi: 10.1007/s00429-012-0481-7. Epub 2012 Nov 27.
  • Optimization of preservation and storage time of sponge tissues to obtain quality mRNA for next-generation sequencing. Riesgo A, Pérez-Porro AR, Carmona S, Leys SP, Giribet G. Mol Ecol Resour. 2012 Mar;12(2):312-22. doi: 10.1111/j.1755-0998.2011.03097.x. Epub 2011 Dec 4.
  • [Functional cerebral activity in a state of rest: connectivity networks]. Proal E, Alvarez-Segura M, de la Iglesia-Vayá M, Martí-Bonmatí L, Castellanos FX; Spanish Resting State Network. Rev Neurol. 2011 Mar 1;52 Suppl 1:S3-10. Spanish.
  • Response inhibition and reward anticipation in medication-naïve adults with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder: a within-subject case-control neuroimaging study. Carmona S, Hoekzema E, Ramos-Quiroga JA, Richarte V, Canals C, Bosch R, Rovira M, Soliva JC, Bulbena A, Tobeña A, Casas M, Vilarroya O. Hum Brain Mapp. 2012 Oct;33(10):2350-61. doi: 10.1002/hbm.21368. Epub 2011 Aug 8.
  • Training-induced neuroanatomical plasticity in ADHD: a tensor-based morphometric study. Hoekzema E, Carmona S, Ramos-Quiroga JA, Barba E, Bielsa A, Tremols V, Rovira M, Soliva JC, Casas M, Bulbena A, Tobeña A, Vilarroya O. Hum Brain Mapp. 2011 Oct;32(10):1741-9. doi: 10.1002/hbm.21143. Epub 2011 Mar 1.
  • Gray matter volume deficits and correlation with insight and negative symptoms in first-psychotic-episode subjects. Bergé D, Carmona S, Rovira M, Bulbena A, Salgado P, Vilarroya O. Acta Psychiatr Scand. 2011 Jun;123(6):431-9. doi: 10.1111/j.1600-0447.2010.01635.x. Epub 2010 Nov 4.
  • Quantitative MR analysis of caudate abnormalities in pediatric ADHD: proposal for a diagnostic test. Soliva JC, Fauquet J, Bielsa A, Rovira M, Carmona S, Ramos-Quiroga JA, Hilferty J, Bulbena A, Casas M, Vilarroya O. Psychiatry Res. 2010 Jun 30;182(3):238-43. doi: 10.1016/j.pscychresns.2010.01.013. Epub 2010 May 20.
  • Enhanced neural activity in frontal and cerebellar circuits after cognitive training in children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. Hoekzema E, Carmona S, Tremols V, Gispert JD, Guitart M, Fauquet J, Rovira M, Bielsa A, Soliva JC, Tomas X, Bulbena A, Ramos-Quiroga A, Casas M, Tobeña A, Vilarroya O. Hum Brain Mapp. 2010 Dec;31(12):1942-50. doi: 10.1002/hbm.20988. Epub 2010 Mar 24.
  • Cerebellar neurometabolite abnormalities in pediatric attention/deficit hyperactivity disorder: a proton MR spectroscopic study. Soliva JC, Moreno A, Fauquet J, Bielsa A, Carmona S, Gispert JD, Rovira M, Bulbena A, Vilarroya O. Neurosci Lett. 2010 Feb 5;470(1):60-4. doi: 10.1016/j.neulet.2009.12.056. Epub 2009 Dec 29.
  • Neural correlates of impaired emotional discrimination in borderline personality disorder: an fMRI study. Guitart-Masip M, Pascual JC, Carmona S, Hoekzema E, Bergé D, Pérez V, Soler J, Soliva JC, Rovira M, Bulbena A, Vilarroya O. Prog Neuropsychopharmacol Biol Psychiatry. 2009 Nov 13;33(8):1537-45. doi: 10.1016/j.pnpbp.2009.08.022. Epub 2009 Sep 11.
  • Neurobiological substrates of social cognition impairment in attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder: gathering insights from seven structural and functional magnetic resonance imaging studies. Soliva JC, Carmona S, Fauquet J, Hoekzema E, Bulbena A, Hilferty J, Vilarroya O. Ann N Y Acad Sci. 2009 Jun;1167:212-20. doi: 10.1111/j.1749-6632.2009.04604.x.
  • Ventro-striatal reductions underpin symptoms of hyperactivity and impulsivity in attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. Carmona S, Proal E, Hoekzema EA, Gispert JD, Picado M, Moreno I, Soliva JC, Bielsa A, Rovira M, Hilferty J, Bulbena A, Casas M, Tobeña A, Vilarroya O. Biol Psychiatry. 2009 Nov 15;66(10):972-7. doi: 10.1016/j.biopsych.2009.05.013. Epub 2009 Jul 3.
  • The functional neuroanatomy of blood-injection-injury phobia: a comparison with spider phobics and healthy controls. Caseras X, Giampietro V, Lamas A, Brammer M, Vilarroya O, Carmona S, Rovira M, Torrubia R, Mataix-Cols D. Psychol Med. 2010 Jan;40(1):125-34. doi: 10.1017/S0033291709005972. Epub 2009 May 13.
  • Differential abnormalities of the head and body of the caudate nucleus in attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder. Tremols V, Bielsa A, Soliva JC, Raheb C, Carmona S, Tomas J, Gispert JD, Rovira M, Fauquet J, Tobeña A, Bulbena A, Vilarroya O. Psychiatry Res. 2008 Aug 30;163(3):270-8. doi: 10.1016/j.pscychresns.2007.04.017. Epub 2008 Jul 24.
  • Pediatric OCD structural brain deficits in conflict monitoring circuits: a voxel-based morphometry study. Carmona S, Bassas N, Rovira M, Gispert JD, Soliva JC, Prado M, Tomas J, Bulbena A, Vilarroya O. Neurosci Lett. 2007 Jun 29;421(3):218-23. Epub 2007 Jun 2.
  • Global and regional gray matter reductions in ADHD: a voxel-based morphometric study. Carmona S, Vilarroya O, Bielsa A, Trèmols V, Soliva JC, Rovira M, Tomàs J, Raheb C, Gispert JD, Batlle S, Bulbena A. Neurosci Lett. 2005 Dec 2;389(2):88-93.


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