Institut de Neurosciences Cognitives et Intégratives d'Aquitaine (UMR5287)

Aquitaine Institute for Cognitive and Integrative Neuroscience

Université de Bordeaux

Zone nord Bat 2 2ème étage
146, rue Léo Saignat
33076 Bordeaux cedex


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CNRS Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes Université de Bordeaux

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Swendsen Joel

by Joel Swendsen - published on , updated on

Director of Research - CNRS - University of Bordeaux

+33 (0)5 47 30 42 19

Site: Carreire

Team: Neuroimaging and Human Cognition


  • Cognitive and behavioral mechanisms in the etiology and comorbidity of mental disorders
  • Epidemiology of mental disorders

Scientific expertise:

  • Ambulatory monitoring of behavior and cognition
  • Epidemiology


  • Trained as a clinical psychologist, my work examines psychological factors implicated in the etiology and comorbidity of mental disorders. My research tests a wide range of psychological models and theories, including stress vulnerability, negative reinforcement and other mechanisms that help explain the onset of these conditions. While mental disorders may occur individually, they also commonly co-occur with other forms of psychopathology as well as with medical conditions (e.g. migraine, stroke, cancer). Understanding the mechanisms underlying these associations is central to my research program. From a methodological perspective, my interests are heavily invested in the development of ambulatory monitoring techniques such as the Experience Sampling Method (ESM) or Ecological Momentary Assessment (EMA). These novel approaches to data collection provide information that is inaccessible to standard laboratory assessments and that are essential to testing the models and theories of these disorders. ESM and EMA can be combined with state of the art tools of clinical research, including MRI and other imaging techniques, in order to provide more complete descriptions of the nature, causes and consequences of these disorders.

Selected Publications:

  • Swendsen J. COVID-19 and mental health: How one pandemic can reveal another. Journal of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapy. 2020;30:161-163.
  • Dunster GP, Swendsen J, Merikangas KR. Real-time mobile monitoring of bipolar disorder: a review of evidence and future directions. Neuropsychopharmacology. 2020. 46:197-208.
  • Khazanov G, Ruscio A, Swendsen J. The ’brightening’ effect: Reactions to positive events in the daily lives of individuals with major depressive disorder and generalized anxiety disorder. Behavior Therapy. 2019; 50:270-284.
  • Merikangas K, Swendsen J, Cui L, Lamers F, Shou H, Hickie I, Merikangas A Volkow N, Zipunnikov V. Real-time mobile monitoring of the dynamic associations among motor activity, energy, mood, and sleep in adults with bipolar disorder. JAMA Psychiatry. 2019;76:190-198.
  • Bouvard A, Dupuy M, Schweitzer P, Revranche M, Fatseas M, Serre F, Misdrahi D, Auriacombe M, Swendsen J. Feasibility and validity of mobile cognitive testing in patients with substance use disorders and healthy controls. American Journal on Addictions. 2018;27:553-556.
  • Mazure CM, Swendsen J. Sex differences in Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. Lancet Neurology. 2016;15:451-452.
  • Allard M, Catheline G, Pelletier A, Dartigues JF, Amieva H, Swendsen J. Mobile Technologies in the early detection of cognitive decline. PLOS ONE. 2014; 9:e112197.
  • Granholm E, Ben-Zeev D, Fulford D, Swendsen J. Ecological momentary assessment of social functioning in schizophrenia: Impact of performance appraisals and affect on social interactions. Schizophrenia Research. 2013;145:120-124.
  • Swendsen J, Salamon R. Mobile technologies in psychiatry: Providing new perspectives from biology to culture. World Psychiatry. 2012;11:196-198.
  • Swendsen J, Burstein M, Case B, Conway KP, Dierker L, He J, Merikangas KR. Use and abuse of alcohol and illicit drugs in US adolescents: results of the National Comorbidity Survey-Adolescent Supplement. Archives of General Psychiatry. 2012;69:390-398.
  • Kimhy D, Myin-Germeys I, Palmier-Claus J, Swendsen J. Mobile assessment guide for research in schizophrenia and severe mental disorders. Schizophrenia Bulletin. 2012;38:386-395.
  • Swendsen J, Ben-Zeev D, Granholm E. Real-time electronic ambulatory monitoring of substance use and symptom expression in schizophrenia. American Journal of Psychiatry. 2011;168:202-209.