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Doctorat en psychologie (spécialisation "psychopathologie et psychologie clinique"), Université Lyon 2 (France), École doctorale Éducation, Psychologie, Information, Communication (2014).

Sujet de thèse.

Diplôme d'Études Supérieures Spécialisées en psychologie clinique (2005), Université de Genève (Suisse).

Licence en psychologie (2001), Université de Genève (Suisse).​

Diplôme fédéral de psychothérapeute ASP (Association Suisse des Psychothérapeutes). Autorisation cantonale de pratique indépendante. GLN (Global Location Number): 7601003997873

NO RCC:  R992225

Admission AOS (assurance obligatoire de soin)



Certificate for contribution and work as volunteer (March-April 2024), Mental Health & Psychology Counseling, UCESCO AFRICA projects (Nairobi, Kenya).

Certificate (2024, Copenhagen Business School): An Introduction to Consumer Neurosciences & Neuromarketing. Delivered by Thomas Zoëga Ramsøy, PhD in neurobiology and Assistant Professor in Marketing & Neuroscience at the Department of Marketing.

Certificate (2023, University of Alaska Fairbanks): Behavioral Neuroscience: Foundations of Compulsive Behaviors. Delivered by Abel Bult-Ito, Professor of Neurobiology and Neurophysiology.




Cofondateur et Rédacteur en chef, In Analysis, revue transdisciplinaire de psychanalyse et sciences (Elsevier Masson, Paris)


Pratique clinique actuelle: Centre médical de Peillonnex, Chêne-Bourg (Genève, Suisse).


Dr. Liviu Poenaru is a dedicated professional in the fields of psychopathology, clinical psychology, and philosophy, contributing significantly through his research, writing, and advocacy. As a co-founder and co-director of the scientific journal IN ANALYSIS (published by Elsevier Masson, Paris), he plays an instrumental role in promoting scholarly dialogue, dialectics, and advancing psychological research. His leadership and vision have been crucial in establishing the journal as a prominent platform for cutting-edge psychoanalytic and psychological studies. His editorial work ensures that IN ANALYSIS maintains rigorous standards for scholarly contributions, thereby fostering an environment where innovative and diverse research can thrive. He is deeply involved in the editorial process, from selecting pertinent/controversial topics and themes to overseeing the peer-review process, ensuring that each publication meets the highest academic standards.

His dedication to promoting interdisciplinary and dialectical research is evident in the journal's wide-ranging content, which spans various aspects of psychoanalysis, clinical psychology, psychiatry, philosophy of sciences, critical studies, and related fields. Under his guidance, the journal features articles that explore both classical psychoanalytic theories and contemporary issues, reflecting the evolving landscape of psychological science. The publication of diverse and insightful scientific studies in IN ANALYSIS enhances the understanding of complex psychological phenomena by bringing together a variety of perspectives and methodologies. Dr. Poenaru's commitment to scholarly excellence and intellectual diversity ensures that the journal not only contributes to academic knowledge but also influences clinical practice and policy-making in psychology. His efforts help bridge the gap between theoretical research and practical application, fostering a deeper and more nuanced understanding of the human mind and behavior.

Dr. Liviu Poenaru's scholarly contributions are extensive, addressing a broad spectrum of contemporary issues through a scientific, psychoanalytic, and critical lens. His research is characterized by a deep engagement with both classical and modern psychoanalytic theories, which he applies to understand and critique various aspects of contemporary life.

He is the author of Inconscient économique (L'Harmattan, Paris, 2023), a thought-provoking exploration of the intersection between cybercapitalism and the unconscious mind. This book reflects his interest in the psychological impacts of economic systems, providing a unique perspective on how capitalism influences mental health.

One of the core themes in his work is alienation. He explores how modern societal structures and economic systems contribute to individuals' sense of estrangement from themselves and others. By drawing on multidisciplinary concepts, he provides a transversal and nuanced understanding of alienation, not merely as a sociological or economic phenomenon but as a deeply rooted psychological experience.

He also delves into the concept of total war, examining its psychological impact on both individuals and societies. His work sheds light on how the pervasive nature of modern conflicts extends beyond the battlefield, influencing the collective psyche and contributing to widespread trauma and anxiety. This research is particularly relevant in understanding the long-term mental health consequences of living in a state of perpetual conflict or under the threat of war.

In his examination of the Oedipus complex, he revisits this foundational psychoanalytic concept to explore its relevance in contemporary contexts. He considers how family dynamics and societal changes have transformed the manifestations and implications of this complex. His work in this area seeks to update and refine traditional psychoanalytic theories to better address current familial and interpersonal relationships. The complex of captivity is another area of this research. He investigates how feelings of entrapment and powerlessness manifest in various psychological conditions, drawing parallels between literal captivity (such as imprisonment) and metaphorical captivity (such as oppressive social or economic conditions). This exploration highlights the pervasive impact of control and restriction on mental health.

His work on the epistemology of psychoanalysis and the logics of psychoanalysis demonstrates his commitment to advancing the theoretical foundations of the field. He critically examines how knowledge is constructed within psychoanalysis and the logical frameworks that underpin psychoanalytic theory and practice. This meta-theoretical exploration aims to strengthen the rigor and coherence of psychoanalytic methodology.

In addressing the psychopathologies associated with cognitive-behavioral capitalism, he provides a critical analysis of how contemporary economic practices and ideologies contribute to mental health issues. He explores the pressures of productivity, performance, and consumerism, linking them to various forms of psychological distress. His work emphasizes the need to understand mental health in the context of broader socio-economic structures.

His intersectional and critical approach often leads him to examine the connections between psychoanalytic theory and societal challenges. He investigates how psychoanalytic concepts can be applied to understand issues such as inequality, injustice, and social change. This approach not only broadens the scope of psychoanalytic inquiry but also enhances its relevance to contemporary social issues.

In his exploration of images and pathologies, he studies the psychological impact of visual culture. He analyzes how images, whether in media, art, or everyday life, shape and reflect psychological states. This research is particularly pertinent in an era dominated by visual media, where images play a crucial role in constructing reality and influencing mental health.


The hallucinatory process is another complex psychological phenomenon that Dr. Poenaru investigates in his book L'hallucinatoire de déplaisir et ses fondements. Une approche neuropsychanalytique (Éditions universitaires européennes, 2015). He examines how hallucinations, as extreme forms of sensory experience, can provide insights into the workings of the unconscious mind. His research in this area contributes to a deeper understanding of both pathological and normative aspects of human perception and imagination.

Through these diverse lines of inquiry, Dr. Poenaru's work consistently seeks to bridge the gap between psychoanalytic theory and real-world issues. His contributions not only advance academic knowledge but also provide insights for clinical practice and social policy.

Apart from his academic endeavors, hi is actively involved in human rights advocacy, particularly focusing on the protection of minors and the psychological well-being of parents who are involuntarily separated from their children. He is committed to raising awareness about the psychological torture these parents endure and works to support their rights and mental health.

Dr. Poenaru's contributions to psychoanalysis and clinical psychology, along with his advocacy work, reflect his dedication to understanding and addressing both theoretical and practical issues in the field.

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