Dr Andrea Eugenio Cavanna MD PhD FRCP FANPA SFHEA

Dr Andrea Eugenio Cavanna

Birmingham Medical School
Honorary Reader in Neuropsychiatry
Consultant in Behavioural Neurology, BSMHFT

Andrea E. Cavanna is Senior Lecturer 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.


Clinical Neuropsychiatry MSc/PGDip/PGCert

Medicine and Surgery MBChB

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

Andrea E. Cavanna is Treasurer of the European Society for the Study of Tourette Syndrome (ESSTS) and member of the Editorial Board of several scientific journals, including Epilepsy and Behavior.


Recent publications


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, 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

Rather, MA & Cavanna, AE 2020, 'Nonepileptic attack disorder and functional movement disorder: A clinical continuum?', Epilepsy & Behavior, vol. 106, pp. 107028. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.yebeh.2020.107028

Badenoch, J & Cavanna, AE 2020, 'Pharmacotherapy for tics in adult patients with Tourette syndrome and other tic disorders', Neurological Sciences. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10072-020-04327-3

Stafford, M & Cavanna, AE 2020, 'Prevalence and clinical correlates of self-injurious behavior in Tourette syndrome', Neuroscience and biobehavioral reviews, vol. 113, pp. 299-307. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.neubiorev.2020.03.022

Pringsheim, T, Holler-Managan, Y, Okun, MS, Jankovic, J, Piacentini, J, Cavanna, AE, Martino, D, Müller-Vahl, K, Woods, DW, Robinson, M, Jarvie, E, Roessner, V & Oskoui, M 2019, 'Comprehensive systematic review summary: Treatment of tics in people with Tourette syndrome and chronic tic disorders', Neurology, vol. 92, no. 19, pp. 907-915. https://doi.org/10.1212/WNL.0000000000007467

Review article

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

Manfredonia, F, Saturno, E, Lawley, A, Gasverde, S & Cavanna, AE 2020, 'Prevalence and clinical correlates of non-convulsive status epilepticus in elderly patients with acute confusional state: A systematic literature review', Journal of the Neurological Sciences, vol. 410, pp. 116674. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jns.2020.116674

Badenoch, J, Searle, T, Watson, I & Cavanna, AE 2020, 'Sensory symptoms in body-focused repetitive behaviors, restless legs syndrome, and Tourette syndrome: An overlap?', Neuroscience and biobehavioral reviews, vol. 119, pp. 320-332. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.neubiorev.2020.10.008

Cavanna, AE, Ganos, C, Hartmann, A, Martino, D, Pringsheim, T & Seri, S 2020, 'The cognitive neuropsychiatry of Tourette syndrome', Cognitive Neuropsychiatry, vol. 25, no. 4, pp. 254-268. https://doi.org/10.1080/13546805.2020.1760812

Pringsheim, T, Okun, MS, Müller-Vahl, K, Martino, D, Jankovic, J, Cavanna, AE, Woods, DW, Robinson, M, Jarvie, E, Roessner, V, Oskoui, M, Holler-Managan, Y & Piacentini, J 2019, 'Practice guideline recommendations summary: Treatment of tics in people with Tourette syndrome and chronic tic disorders', Neurology, vol. 92, no. 19, pp. 896-906. https://doi.org/10.1212/WNL.0000000000007466

Tilling, F & Cavanna, AE 2019, 'Relaxation therapy as a treatment for tics in patients with Tourette syndrome: a systematic literature review', Neurological Sciences. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10072-019-04207-5

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