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While in college Daniel started Active Minds at Berkeley, an antistigma organization, and taught a course, Understanding Depression, on the subject of major depression. After graduating, Daniel volunteered at NAMI San Diego to help create Ending The Silence – a mental health education program – where he served as a youth speaker to high school students. Daniel also conducted clinical interviews and assisted with research at the VA Medical Center’s Anxiety Disorders Clinic for three years. Presently, Daniel received his Registered Behavior Technician Credential and works at Autism Comprehensive Educational Services (ACES). Daniel’s passions lie in providing support to youth and adults facing mental health challenges, improving access to care, and promoting an open dialogue about mental health.

Daniel is the recipient of The 
Leadership Award in 2011, given by the Cal Alumni Association.
Established in 1934, The Leadership Award is a merit-based scholarship that recognizes Cal students who demonstrate innovative, motivational leadership impacting their academic, work, or community environments.

Research Publications

Espejo EP, Castriotta N, Bessonov D, Kawamura M, Werdowatz E, Ayers CR. Transdiagnostic Group Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Anxiety in a Sample of Veterans. Dec 2014 [in review]

Carmassi C, Akiskal HS, Bessonov D, Massimetti G, Calderani E, Stratta P, Rossi A, Dell’Osso L. Gender differences in DSM-5 versus DSM-IV-TR PTSD prevalence and criteria comparison among 512 survivors to the L’Aquila earthquake. J Affect Disord. 160:55-61, 2014.

Ristić-Ignjatović D, Hinić D, Bessonov D, Akiskal HS, Akiskal KK, Ristić B. Towards validation of the short TEMPS-A in non-clinical adult population in Serbia. J Affect Disord. 164:43-9, 2014.

Xu G, Lu W, Ouyang H, Dang Y, Guo Y, Miao G, Bessonov D, Akiskal KK, Akiskal HS, Lin K. Association of affective temperaments measured by TEMPS-a with cognitive deficits in patients with bipolar disorder. J Affect Disord. 161:109-15, 2014.

Carta MG, Moro MF, Lorefice L, Picardi A, Trincas G, Fenu G, Cocco E, Floris F, Bessonov D, Akiskal HS, Marrosu MG. Multiple sclerosis and bipolar disorders: the burden of comorbidity and its consequences on quality of life. J Affect Disord. 167:192-7, 2014.

Lin K, Xu G, Lu W, Ouyang H, Dang Y, Lorenzo-Seva U, Guo Y, Bessonov D, Akiskal HS, So KF, Lee TM. Neuropsychological performance in melancholic, atypical and undifferentiated major depression during depressed and remitted states: a prospective longitudinal study. J Affect Disord. 168:184-91, 2014.

Leung CM, Mak AD, Xiang YT, Lee S, Yan CT, Leung T, Bessonov D, Akiskal KK, Akiskal HS. Psychometric properties of the Hong Kong Chinese (Cantonese) TEMPS-A in medical students. J Affect Disord. 170C:23-29, 2014.

You may find Daniel’s most recent publications on ResearchGate.net