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Raffaele Cacciaglia BBRC

Raffaele Cacciaglia

Team Leader Neuroimaging Research Group

Neuroimaging Research Group 


I am a psychologist with background in neuroimaging and neurobiology. My research interests are diverse and range from the neuroplasticity of learning and memory to the interplay between stress and cognition. I started my research activity studying how the human brain reacts to psychological or physical trauma, and how such traumatic experiences precipitate psychiatry disorders such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or depression.

To this respect, I have investigated the interactions between susceptibility genetic risk variants and environmental factors in determining to what extent the human brain is vulnerable or resilient to psychopathology. Since 2016, I am committed to research in Alzheimer’s disease (AD), an irreversible neurologic disorder which disrupts memory and executive functions of the affected patients. My mission is to provide a better understanding for the mechanisms involved in the preclinical AD using cognitive and imaging data, along with biomarkers and genetic information. 


Check out Raffaele Cacciaglia publications on this page


Professional activity

  • I am appointed as assistant professor at the Department of Clinical Psychology and Psychobiology of the University of Barcelona, where I teach in undergraduate as well as in Master programs.
  • I am former member of the Society for Neuroscience, Cognitive Neuroscience Society, Society for Psychophysiological Research, European Brain and Behavior Society.
  • Currently, I am member of the Alzheimer's Association International Society to Advance Alzheimer's Research and Treatment (ISTAART).

Academic background

  • Assistant professor (University of Barcelona)
  • Post-doctoral researcher (University of Barcelona)
  • PhD student (University of Heidelberg)