Professor Sonia Dollfus, psychiatrist, md, phd, professor

Sonia Dollfus portrait

My name is Sonia Dollfus. I am a psychiatrist, university professor-hospital practitioner (PUPH) at the University of Caen Normandy and at CHU de Caen (France).

My Institutional Leadership

I led the Department of Psychiatry and Mental Health at CHU de Caen for over 25 years. I also steered a research team on schizophrenic disorders. Since January 2022, this team has been integrated into an Inserm research unit (Neuropresage, UMR S 1237) at the Cyceron center. Currently, I oversee  the University Hospital Federation (FHU A2M2P).

Education and Academic Journey

After earning my medical degree from University Paris VI and spending 2 years as a chief clinical assistant in Paris (Pitié-Salpêtrière Hospital), I practiced as a psychiatrist at Rouvray Hospital. Later, I pursued my life sciences Ph.D. in Paris followed by a post-doctoral stint at the Institute of Psychiatry in London.

Focus on My Research

My primary work explores the neural networks underlying cognitive deficits in schizophrenia, using multimodal brain imaging. My current research aims to showcase the efficiency and brain changes from adjunct treatments to antipsychotics for schizophrenia patients: adapted physical activity, repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) by theta burst for predominant negative symptoms, or high-frequency rTMS guided by brain imaging for verbal auditory hallucinations.

My Contribution to Self-assessment

Firmly believing in the value of self-assessments for schizophrenia patients, I developed two tools: the self-assessment of negative symptoms (SNS) and the self-assessment of Verbal Auditory Hallucinations (SAVH).

Publications and Literary Commitment

I authored a collective book on schizophrenia released in 2019 (Ed. Lavoisier). Additionally, I have penned or co-authored around 200 publications indexed in PubMed.