Dr Andrea Eugenio Cavanna MD PhD FRCP FANPA SFHEA

Dr Andrea Eugenio Cavanna

Birmingham Medical School
Associate Professor in Neuropsychiatry
Consultant in Behavioural Neurology

Contact details

Institute of Clinical Sciences
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Andrea E. Cavanna is Associate Professor in Neuropsychiatry and Consultant in Behavioural Neurology at the Department of Neuropsychiatry, BSMHFT. He works part-time as Deputy Director of the Clinical Neuropsychiatry MSc/PGDip/PGCert.


  • SFHEA Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy 2019
  • FANPA Fellow of the American Neuropsychiatric Association 2017
  • FRCP Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians 2014
  • PhD University College London 2010
  • MD University of Turin (Italy) 2002


Andrea E. Cavanna received his MBChB and MD from the University of Turin (Italy), completed his specialty training in Neurology at Amedeo Avogadro University, Novara (Italy) and was awarded his PhD in Clinical Neurology from University College London. Since 2008 he is Lead Consultant for the specialist Tourette Syndrome Clinic at the Department of Neuropsychiatry, Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust (BSMHFT).

He is currently Deputy Director of the Clinical Neuropsychiatry MSc/PGDip/PGCert at University of Birmingham. He has published over 250 international peer-reviewed articles in the fields of behavioural neurology and neuropsychiatry, with special focus on the behavioural aspects of movement disorders and epilepsy. In 2010 he received the American Neuropsychiatric Association Career Development Award.


Postgraduate supervision

Supervision of MSc students (MSc in Clinical Neuropsychiatry)


Translational research programme in behavioural neurology and clinical neuropsychiatry, with focus on movement disorders (especially Tourette syndrome) and epilepsy (pharmacology, psychiatric aspects and alterations of consciousness). Organiser of the European Federation of Neuropsychiatry Congress (Florence, 2007). Co-founder of the Michael Trimble Neuropsychiatry Research Group (MTNRG, 2009).

Other activities

Member of the Editorial Board of several scientific journals, including Epilepsy and Behavior.


Recent publications


Baizabal-Carvallo, JF, Cavanna, AE & Jankovic, J 2024, 'Tics Emergencies and Malignant Tourette Syndrome: Assessment and Management', Neuroscience and biobehavioral reviews, vol. 159, 105609. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.neubiorev.2024.105609

Cavanna, S & Cavanna, AE 2023, 'Bilateral bone marrow edema syndrome of the humeral head mimicking avascular necrosis: a case report', Egyptian Rheumatology and Rehabilitation, vol. 50, no. 1, 29. https://doi.org/10.1186/s43166-023-00197-7

Rigas, A, Mainka, T, Pringsheim, T, Münchau, A, Malaty, I, Worbe, Y, Cavanna, AE, Lees, AJ, Lang, AE, Martino, D & Ganos, C 2023, 'Distinguishing functional from primary tics: a study of expert video assessments', Journal of Neurology Neurosurgery and Psychiatry. https://doi.org/10.1136/jnnp-2022-330822

Cavanna, AE, Purpura, G, Riva, A, Nacinovich, R & Seri, S 2023, 'Functional tics: Expanding the phenotypes of functional movement disorders?', European Journal of Neurology. https://doi.org/10.1111/ene.15967

Cavanna, AE, Purpura, G, Riva, A, Nacinovich, R & Seri, S 2023, 'Neurodevelopmental versus functional tics: A controlled study', Journal of the Neurological Sciences, vol. 451, 120725. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jns.2023.120725

Cavanna, AE, Purpura, G, Riva, A, Nacinovich, R & Seri, S 2023, 'New‐onset functional tics during the COVID ‐19 pandemic: Clinical characteristics of 105 cases from a single centre', European Journal of Neurology. https://doi.org/10.1111/ene.15867

Cavanna, AE 2022, 'Current and emerging pharmacotherapeutic strategies for Tourette syndrome', Expert Opinion on Pharmacotherapy, vol. 23, no. 13, pp. 1523-1533. https://doi.org/10.1080/14656566.2022.2107902

Termine, C, Galli, V, Dui, LG, Berlusconi, V, Taras, R, Vergani, M, Lunardini, F, Ferrante, S & Cavanna, AE 2022, 'Self-reported impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown on young patients with tic disorders: findings from a case–control study', Neurological Sciences, vol. 43, no. 6, pp. 3497-3501. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10072-022-05997-x

Termine, C, Grossi, E, Anelli, V, Derhemi, L & Cavanna, AE 2021, 'Possible tics diagnosed as stereotypies in patients with severe autism spectrum disorder: a video-based evaluation', Neurological Sciences, vol. 42, no. 4, pp. 1559–1561. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10072-020-04995-1

Baslet, G, Bajestan, SN, Aybek, S, Modirrousta, M, D Clin Psy, JP, Cavanna, A, Perez, DL, Lazarow, SS, Raynor, G, Voon, V, Ducharme, S & LaFrance, WC 2020, 'Evidence-Based Practice for the Clinical Assessment of Psychogenic Nonepileptic Seizures: A Report From the American Neuropsychiatric Association Committee on Research', Journal of Neuropsychiatry, pp. appineuropsych19120354. https://doi.org/10.1176/appi.neuropsych.19120354

Ali, F, Seri, S & Cavanna, AE 2020, 'Levels of diagnostic certainty for nonepileptic attack disorder in the neuropsychiatry setting', Epilepsy & Behavior, vol. 103, no. Pt A, pp. 106875. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.yebeh.2019.106875

Review article

Cavanna, AE, Purpura, G, Riva, A & Nacinovich, R 2023, 'Co-morbid tics and stereotypies: a systematic literature review', Neurological Sciences. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10072-023-07095-y

Cavanna, AE, Purpura, G, Riva, A, Nacinovich, R & Seri, S 2023, 'The Western origins of mindfulness therapy in ancient Rome', Neurological Sciences, vol. 44, no. 6, pp. 1861-1869. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10072-023-06651-w

Badenoch, J, Searle, T, Watson, I & Cavanna, AE 2021, 'Tics in patients with encephalitis', Neurological Sciences, vol. 42, no. 4, pp. 1311-1323. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10072-021-05065-w

Silva, B, Canas-Simião, H & Cavanna, AE 2020, 'Neuropsychiatric Aspects of Impulse Control Disorders', The Psychiatric clinics of North America, vol. 43, no. 2, pp. 249-262. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.psc.2020.02.001

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