Natalia Semenova, Ph.D.

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Dr. Natalia D. Semenova is a clinical psychologist in the Department of Outpatient Psychiatry, Moscow Research Institute of Psychiatry, Ministry of Health of the Russian Federation. She received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the Lomonosov Moscow State University and worked for nine years in the Therapy Department at the Institute of Pulmonology. Intrigued by difficulties in treating psychosomatic disorders, she studied etiology and treatment programs, and patient responses to treatment. Her publications include articles and book chapters on psychosomatic medicine and psychotherapy.

Since 1997, her clinical work, teaching, and academic interests have focused on schizophrenia and related psychotic disorders. In recent years, she has been pursuing her interest in development of a clinical service for treating early psychosis as well as community-based treatment and rehabilitation services for individuals living with long-term psychotic illnesses and their families.

Dr. Semenova teaches clinical psychology, psychosomatics, and psychotherapy at the Moscow State University of Psychology and Education (MSUPE) and at the Moscow Institute of Economy, Policy and Law (MIEPL), which is a non-governmental research organization for higher professional education.

She has been actively involved in studying and teaching Morita therapy, and has been participating in Morita therapy conferences and international congresses since 1990, and has contributed to scholarly exchanges and overseas promotion of Morita therapy.