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.
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.
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.
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.