Current Position



Tel: +33(0)

Area of Research

Cognitive sciences, psychiatric disability, epidemiology, implementation research


Emerging borderline personality disorder and neurodevelopmental disorders (autism, ADHD)

Research Theme

A major focus of my clinical and research activity is the study of emerging personality disorders in children and adolescents, especially borderline personality disorders, using a developmental framework. I’ve been especially interested in the development and disruption of emotion regulation, using both a quantitative and qualitative approach.

The second thread of my research is concerned with the evaluation of the effectiveness of mental health organizations for severe mental disorders.


  • Martin Debbané, University College London and Nader Perroud, Université de Genève. Mentalisation and Attention in Borderline Personality Disorders.

  • Benedetto Farina, Università degli Studi Europea di Roma. EEF coherence in Borderline Personality Disorders.

Selected Publications

Miljkovitch R, Deborde AS, Bernier A, Corcos M, Speranza M, Pham-Scottez A. Borderline Personality Disorder in Adolescence as a Generalization of Disorganized Attachment. Front Psychol. 2018 Oct 16;9:1962.

Fonagy P, Speranza M, Luyten P, Kaess M, Hessels C, Bohus M. ESCAP Expert Article: borderline personality disorder in adolescence: an expert research review with implications for clinical practice. Eur Child Adolesc Psychiatry. 2015 Nov;24(11):1307-20.

Cailhol L, Jeannot M, Rodgers R, Guelfi JD, Perez-Diaz F, Pham-Scottez A, Corcos M, Speranza M. Borderline personality disorder and mental healthcare service use among adolescents. J Pers Disord. 2013, 27(2):252-9 .

Speranza M, Pham-Scottez A, Revah-Levy A, Barbe RP, Perez-Diaz F, Birmaher B, Corcos M. Factor structure of borderline personality disorder symptomatology in adolescents. Can J Psychiatry. 2012 Apr;57(4):230-7.

Speranza M, Revah-Levy A, Cortese S, Falissard B, Pham-Scottez A, Corcos M. ADHD in adolescents with borderline personality disorder. BMC Psychiatry. 2011 Sep 30;11:158.

Book Chapters

Speranza M., Midgley M. Profile of Mental Functioning for Adolescents - MA Axis. In Psychodynamic Diagnostic Manual. Second Edition. PDM-2 (edited by V. Lingiardi and N McWilliams). Guilford Press, 2017.


Fondation John Bost. Approche en électroencéphalographie de la perception auditive et du traitement du langage dans les troubles du Spectre de l’Autisme. PI Mariette Vinurel, PA Mario Speranza, 46000 euros, 2021.