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Carina Heller, head of the Department of Clinical Psychology at Friedrich Schiller University Jena in Germany, is dedicated to the study and treatment of mental health disorders. She collaborates with the Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy at Jena University Hospital to conduct research on adaptive and maladaptive brain circuits underlying mental health. Additionally, she is affiliated with the German Center for Mental Health (DZPG) in Jena-Magdeburg-Halle.

Heller is also involved in international collaborations, working with the Psychiatry Neuroimaging Laboratory at Brigham and Women’s Hospital at Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. Along with Zora Kikinis, she explores cutting-edge research in psychiatric neuroimaging. Claudia Barth of the Department of Psychiatric Research at Diakonhjemmet Hospital in Oslo, Norway, is another collaborator in this field.

In Australia, Tim J. Silk and Nandita Vijayakumar from the Centre for Social and Early Emotional Development study mental health and child development. They are also affiliated with the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute and the Department of Paediatrics at the University of Melbourne.

Susana Carmona and Magdalena Martínez-García from the Instituto de Investigación Sanitaria Gregorio Marañón in Madrid, Spain, are part of the Centro de Investigación Biomédica en Red de Salud Mental (CIBERSAM), conducting research on mental health in collaboration with international institutions.

Sophia I. Thomopoulos, Neda Jahanshad, Lauren Salminen, Katherine Lawrence, and Paul M. Thompson work at the Imaging Genetics Center at the Mark and Mary Stevens Neuroimaging and Informatics Institute at the Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California. They study the genetics of brain imaging to understand mental health disorders.

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