Dr. Leonardo Tondo, M.D.; M.Sc.


Dr. Leonardo Tondo has studied the course and treatment of bipolar (manic-depressive) and unipolar major depressive disorders since 1975,and has published more than 100 papers on these subjects in international journals. In addition to being a leading expert on long-term treatment of mood disorders and medical approaches to suicide prevention, he also provides individual patients with the evaluation and treatment (both pharmacological and psychotherapeutic) of Mood and Anxiety Disorders, Attention and Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in adults, and Gender and relational issues.

In 1977, he established a specialized, research-based, mood-disorders clinic, the Lucio Bini Mood Disorder Center (named for the inventor of electroconvulsive treatment), affiliated with the University of Cagliari in Sardinia. The Center has systematically collected clinical research data involving more than 5,000 patients, with about half of them diagnosed with affective illnesses. It is the largest private psychiatric institution of its kind in the region and one of the largest in Europe. Moreover, he has taught university courses in clinical psychiatry, general and clinical psychology, and psychological testing for more than thirty years.

Since 1994, he has worked at McLean Hospital-Harvard Medical School where he is Lecturer in Psychiatry. During these years, he has obtained a Master of Science in Epidemiology and Statistics at the Harvard School of Public Health and has collaborated in research projects with Prof. Ross J. Baldessarini, with whom he co-founded the International Consortium for Bipolar Disorder.

Dr. Tondo lives, practices and conducts research in Cagliari, Rome and Boston (USA). He is also a certified publicist and runs a column on the monthly magazine Mente & Cervello. He is also Editor in Chief of the Aretaeus Newsletter, a communication medium of Aretaeus, a non-profit organization associated with Centro Lucio Bini in Rome and Cagliari.

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