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Dr Nuria Gené-Cos

Job title Consultant Psychiatrist and Head of Service

Areas of expertise

Dr Gené-Cos is the lead Consultant Psychiatrist for the Trauma and Dissociation Service specialising in the assessment and treatment of psychological trauma-related conditions including Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, complex trauma and Dissociative Disorders.

Dr Gené-Cos is an EMDR Trauma Therapist (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing); Sensorimotor Psychotherapist and Lifespan Integration Therapy (LI) Consultant.


Dr Gené-Cos completed her Doctor of medicine and surgery, LMC (MD) degree in 1981 at Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain. Moving to London, she trained in adult psychiatry and neuropsychiatry at Charing Cross Hospital.

She became a Member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists (MRCPsych) in 1999, and received her certificate of completion of training in general adults, with an endorsement in liaison psychiatry, neuropsychiatry.

She became interested in the area of post-traumatic stress disorder while doing her doctorate as a lecturer at the Royal London Hospital. She was appointed as a consultant psychiatrist at the Traumatic Stress Service in 2002.

Dr Gené-Cos is an EMDR trauma therapist (eye movement desensitisation reprocessing), and sensorimotor trauma therapist.

She completed her PhD in 2009 at the University of London in mismatch negativity in anxiety disorders (brain electrophysiology in post-traumatic stress disorder, non-epileptic seizures, epilepsy and panic disorder).

Other roles

Dr Gené-Cos is involved in clinical work, training, supervision, teaching and consultation. She has been the joint lead clinician in the Trust for the implementation of the NICE guidelines on post-traumatic stress disorder since 2003.

She has presented at national and international conferences and workshops on a series of topics including post-traumatic stress disorder, trauma, borderline personality disorder and brain electrophysiology in relation to anxiety disorders.


Contributions to Books:

Abel Kathryn, Ramsay Rosalind. The Female Mind: User’s Guide. RCPsych Publications. London, 2017

Gene-Cos N. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. A woman whose world fell apart, in The Mind: A User’s Guide. Edited by Dr R Persaud. Transworld Publishers and The Royal College of Psychiatry (commissioned chapter). London, July 2007.

Gene-Cos N, Ring HA (2003). Epilepsy and Panic disorder, in Neuropsychiatry of Epilepsy, Edited by B Schmitz and MR Trimble. Cambridge University Press, 226-240.

Gene-Cos N, Barrett G, Pottinger HR, Trimble M (2000). The role of the mismatch negativity in the differential diagnosis between epilepsy and non-epileptic seizures. II International Congress on Mismatch Negativity and its Clinical Applications (Abstract Book). Ed. By E Yago, M. Tervaniemi & C Escera, University of Barcelona, 100.

Gene-Cos N, Ring A H, Pottinger C R, Barrett G (1999). Possible Roles for Mismatch Negativity in Neuropsychiatry. Neuropsychiatry, Neuropsychology and Behavioral Neurology, 12 (1): 17-27 (commissioned chapter).




Gene-Cos N, Fisher J, Ogden P, Cantrell A (2016) Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Group Therapy in the Treatment of Complex PTSD. Ann Psychiatry Ment Health 4(6): 1080.

Contributions to Journals:

Ehlers A, Gene-Cos N, Perrin S (2009) Low recognition of Postraumatic Stress Disorder in Primary Care.

Gene-Cos N (2006). Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: the management of PTSD in adults and children in primary and secondary care: National collaborating centre for mental health. Psychiatric Bulletin, 30: 357.

Gene-Cos N, Ring HA (2005). Making sense of non-epileptic seizures. Epileptic Disorders, 7 (2): 123-130.

Gene-Cos N, Pottinger R, Barrett G, Trimble M R, Ring HA (2005). A comparative study of mismatch negativity (MMN) in epilepsy and non-epileptic seizures. Epileptic Disorders, 7 (4): 363-372.

De Zulueta F, Gené-Cos N, Grachev S (2001). Differential psychotic symptomatology in polyglot patients: Case reports and their implications. British Journal of Medical Psychology, 74, 277-292.

Gene-Cos N, Barrett G, Pottinger HR, Trimble M (2000). Problems with the differential diagnosis between epilepsy and non-epileptic seizures and the role of the MMN. Journal Of Psychophysiology, 14 (Supplement 1):15-16.

Gene-Cos N, Pottinger R, Barrett G, Ring H (1999). Mismatch Negativity (MMN) in patients with non-epileptic seizures. Epilepsy at the turning point, Birmingham University, 4 (Abstract)

Krishnamoorthy ES, van-Elst LT, von Gunten A, Selai CE, Gene-Cos N, Trimble MR (1999). Amygdala and psychopathology in epilepsy – A volumetric MRI study. American Epilepsy Society (Abstract).

Gene-Cos N, Pottinger R, Barrett G, Ring H (1998). Mismatch Negativity (MMN) in patients with non-epileptic seizures. Journal of Psychophysiology, 14 (3): 185-186 (Abstract)

Gene-Cos N, Pottinger R, Barrett G, Ring H (1998). Mismatch Negativity (MMN) in patients with non-epileptic seizures. British Psychophysiology Society, 71 (Abstract).

McPhillips M, Kelley F, Barnes T, Duke PJ, Gené-Cos, N, Clarke K (1997). Detecting comorbid substance misuse among people with schizophrenia in the community: a study comparing the results of questionnaires with analysis of hair and urine. Schizophrenia Research (25): 141-148

Gené-Cos N (1990). Is diazepam an antidepressant? British Journal of Psychiatry, 156, 279 (Letter)

Gené-Cos, N. (1988). At what stage surgical intervention in trigeminal neuralgia? Geriatric Medicine (Letter)

Bosch, F, Gené-Cos, N. (1980) Mortality from malignant tumors in the City of Barcelona. Barcelona City Council.

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