Psychoanalysis Unit


Martin Debbané

Martin Debanne

Martin Debbané is a Professor of Psychopathology at the Research Department of Clinical, Educational, and Health Psychology, University College London (UK). He is also Associate Professor and director of the Developmental Clinical Psychology Research Unit at the Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences, University of Geneva (Switzerland). 

His research activities focus on advancing the scientific and applied bases of contemporary psychodynamic psychopathology, through the integration of different research methodologies and development of new therapeutic approaches. The scientific projects include but are not restricted to clinical measures and experimental paradigms, as well as structural and functional neuroimaging. The applied projects seeks to understand the mechanisms sustaining therapeutic gains. Prof. Debbané is involved in a number of longitudinal projects following youth cohorts with clinical risk (schizotypy, borderline or antisocial traits) or genetic risk (22q11.2 Deletion syndrome) for severe psychopathology.

Prof Debbané is a trained and licensed psychodynamic psychotherapist. He acts as trainer and supervisor in mentalization-based therapies (MBT) at the Anna Freud Centre in London. He teaches and practices psychotherapy, from a contemporary psychodynamic perspective. He initiated the Réseau Francophone pour les Thérapies Basées sur la Mentalisation (www.mentalisation.org), and provides training in MBT in English and French internationally. 

Dr. Martin Debbané is accepting PhD students in the next academic year in the following areas:

1) Developmental psychopathology of  schizotypal, borderline and antisocial traits on longitudinal cohorts; applicants should be interested and/or have prior experience in structural neuroimaging and diffusion-tensor imaging.

2) Examining the factorial structure of mentalization in adolescents and adults, and its links to resilience outcomes.

3) Investigating the social cognitive profiles of adolescents and adults with ADHD, with a focus on mentalizing and functional outcomes, as well as evaluating the effects of brief psychoeducation groups on self-efficacy and social functioning in ADHD.

4) Research on Narcissistic Personality Disorder, both from a personality and psychopathological perspective. 

5) Predicting re-hospitalization following emergency psychiatric crises and assessing the effects of brief psychiatric hospitalization.

Research Profile

How to contact Martin Debbané

Martin Debbané
Psychoanalysis Unit 
Research Department of Clinical, Educational and Health Psychology 
University College London 
Gower Street 
London WC1E 6BT

Email: m.debbane@ucl.ac.uk