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François Ferrero

Curriculum Vitae


Last name, first name      Ferrero, François

Date and place of birth    June 24, 1945, Geneva, Switzerland

Citizenship                      Swiss

Professional address        67 Chemin de la Montagne

                                         CH-1224 Chêne-Bougeries, Geneva

                                      Tel: +41 (0)22 349 01 19

                                      Fax: +41 (0)22 349 36 45


Current position

Honorary Professor, University of Geneva, Switzerland

Psychiatrist and Psychotherapist FMH, in private practice




1996-2010    Full Professor of Psychiatry, University of Geneva, CH

                    Director, Division of Adult Psychiatry, Geneva University Hospitals

2000-2007    Chairman, Department of Psychiatry, University of Geneva, CH

2000-2004    Director, Department of Psychiatry, Geneva University Hospitals, CH

1997-1999    Vice-Dean, University of Geneva, CH

1994-1996    Chairman, Department of Adult Psychiatry, University of Lausanne, CH

1991-1996    Full Professor of Psychiatry, University of Lausanne, CH

1986-1987    Visiting Scholar, Department of Psychiatry, Vanderbilt University, Nashville TN, USA

1982-1991    Clinical Director, Department of Psychiatry II, Geneva, CH


                   Training in psychiatry, psychotherapy and psychoanalysis, Geneva and Paris




2005-2009    Director, WHO, Collaborating Centre for research and training in mental health

1993-           WHO Panel of experts

1990-1994    International Adviser DSM IV, American Psychiatric Association

1996-1999    Swiss Academy of Medical Sciences, Delegate for Psychiatry

1997-2002    Swiss National Science Foundation, Committee Member

2007-2011    Private Clinic La Métairie, Nyon, Switzerland, Scientific Director and Board Member

2005-            World Psychiatric Association, WPA, Member of the Finance Committee

1988-1992,   INSERM, France, Advisor

2007-            Founder and Past President, Swiss-Rwanda Association for Mental Health


 societies (among others)

Ÿ   1996-2010, Delegate, Swiss Society of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy

Ÿ   2005-2009, President, Swiss Society of Social Psychiatry

Ÿ  1991- EPA, Committee Member, Section of Epidemiology and Social Psychiatry

Ÿ  1987- American Psychiatric Association, International member

Ÿ  2005- World Psychiatric Association, Honorary member, 2008, Honorary Fellow



1996-present, Co-Coordinator, Training Programme in Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, University of Rwanda

1996-2005, Chair, Pregraduate and Postgraduate Programmes in Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, Geneva University

1998-2013, Director, Continuous Education Programmes, Geneva University: Family therapy, CBT, DBT, and Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy




Clinical, Therapeutic, and Pharmacological Research:

Bipolar disorders, resistant depressions, general anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorders, pathological gambling, personality disorders, schizophrenic disorders

Epidemiological studies:

Bipolar disorders: familial transmission and comorbidity

Research Grants

1982-2011, Funded by swiss national science foundation


More than 250 articles in scientific journals, book chapters and 5 books,

Among them:

-“Pharmacotherapy of Bipolar Disorders”, (with Jean-Michel Aubry and Nicolas Schaad), in french, 2004; in German, Huber, 2006, (in collaboration with Martin Hatzinger) ; in English, “Pharmacotherapy of Bipolar Disorders”, Wiley 2007, (in collaboration with Mark Bauer).

-“Traitements psychologiques des troubles bipolaires”, with Jean-Michel Aubry, Masson, Paris, 2009,

-“Psychopharmacologie des troubles bipolaires”, 2013, (with Jean-Michel Aubry and Nicolas Schaad).



University Psychiatric Hospitals, Basel, Switzerland, Administrative Council, Board member,2012-

University of Seniors, Uni3, Geneva, Board Member, 2011-

Foundation Aigues-Vertes Village, Geneva, Board Member 2004-2011

Foundation of the Geneva Prize for Human Rights in Psychiatry, President, 2008-

Foundation Prize Dr.Jean-Marc Fischer, President, 2010-

Foundation « Trajets », Geneva, Board Member, 2016-

Association Le Relais, (Patients and Families), Geneva, Honorary Member, 2010-



Geneva, April 1st, 2016


 François Ferrero

June 9, 206