Ambra D’Imperio MD

PhD candidate

Ambra D’Imperio, a psychiatrist in training at the Center for Forensic Psychiatry in Bern, known as the „Universitäre Klinik für Forensische Psychiatrie,“ is deeply involved in the treatment of acute forensic patients and the creation of psychiatric reports for various Swiss cantons, including both the German-speaking concordat cantons of Bern and the French-speaking cantons such as Geneva.

Her academic pursuits are extensive within the field of psychiatry, particularly focusing on forensic psychiatry. Her research extends to the utilization of artificial intelligence in assessing recidivism risk in forensic cases, evaluating psychiatric expert testimony, and navigating the complex discussions surrounding assisted suicide and associated neuroethical challenges.

Dr. D’Imperio earned her MD degree in medicine from Rome La Sapienza with honors and further distinction from the Martinos Center of Biomedical Imaging at Harvard Medical School, where she obtained a scholarship for her dissertation on fMRI and chemo-brain neuroimaging. During her foundational training, she served as a visiting fellow at Cornell University’s Skull Based Center in New York, focusing on psychoneurosurgery.

Following the conclusion of her psychiatric training at the “Hôpitaux Universitares de Genève”, she underwent comprehensive clinical training in General Psychiatry. Additionally, she capitalized on the opportunity to pursue a Doctor of Philosophy degree at TUM, commencing in 2022, focusing on the HybridMinds project, which explores the integration of neurotechnologies such as TMS and DBS in psychiatric interventions.

In 2024, Dr. D’Imperio will initiate a Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) program in Criminology and Forensic Psychiatry at EPFL Lausanne, further honing her expertise in Forensic Psychiatry.

Her principal objective is to codify expert protocols facilitated by advancements in artificial intelligence, particularly within the global context of assisted suicide practices. She aims to foster rigorous scientific and neuroethical discourse through sustained international collaboration. Dr. D’Imperio actively participates in esteemed international conferences such as the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law and the World Congress of Bioethics, and she has authored several publications.

  1. Forensic Psychiatry
  2. Neurotechnology and interventional psychiatry
  3. AI and forensic expertise
  4. Forensic expertise
  5. Assisted suicide
  6. Neuroethics and forensic psychiatry

D’Imperio, A., Saccaro, L. F., Lo, J., Mavromati, M., & Jantzi, C. (2024). Klinefelter syndrome and fire setting behaviors: a case report and scoping review. The Journal of Forensic Psychiatry & Psychology, 1–15.

D’Imperio A, Ienca M, Maiese A, Fazio V, La Russa R. Uninformed consent: Who knows what Ivan Ilyich would have thought? Clin Ter. 2021 Jul 5;172(4):264-267. doi: 10.7417/CT.2021.2328. PMID: 34247207.

D’Imperio, A., Sicuso, C., Fiorelli, M., & Mainero, C. (2021). Resting state fMRI connectivity of amygdala and hippocampus in women with breast cancer prior to chemotherapy. European Psychiatry, 64(S1), S408-S408.

D’Imperio A., Lo J., Bettini L.,Prada P., Bondolfi G.: „Bipolar Type I diagnosis after a manic episode secondary to SARS-CoV-2 infection: a case report.“MD-D-22-00880, Medicine.

Starke, G., D’Imperio, A., & Ienca, M. (2023). Out of their minds? Externalist challenges for using AI in forensic psychiatry. Frontiers in psychiatry, 14, 1209862.