Maja Drobnič Radobuljac is a child and adolescent psychiatrist (CAP) and associate professor of psychiatry. She is also a wife and mother of two children who enjoys reading, long walks with her husband and dog, running, hiking, skiing, swimming, and has practised yoga for 30 years.
She graduated in medicine from the University of Ljubljana in 2002, worked as an assistant physician and young researcher at the Ljubljana University Psychiatric Hospital from 2003, received her PhD from the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Ljubljana in 2009, and completed EU-certified training in child and adolescent psychiatry in 2012. She also completed training in Systemic Family Therapy at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Ljubljana, MBT-A training and is a certified Child Attachment Interview Rater at the Anna Freud Centre in London UK.
She specialises in working with adolescents with emerging personality disorders, depression, anxiety disorders, gender dysphoria and psychosis. She was the Head of the Division of Adolescent Psychiatry (2013-2019) and the Division of Intensive Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (2019-2022) at the Ljubljana University Psychiatric Hospital, where she currently works.
She spent time as an honorary clinical research fellow at the Bethlem Royal Hospital, Maudsley in London, UK, and an elective fellowship at the Royal Melbourne Hospital, Melbourne, Australia. In 2023, she was awarded a Fulbright Visiting Scholar Fellowship for a semester as a Visiting Professor in the Developmental Psychopathology Lab at the University of Houston, Texas, USA.
Since 2015, she has been teaching in the field of child and adolescent psychiatry at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Ljubljana, where she was appointed Associate Professor of Psychiatry in December 2019.
She coordinates two research projects funded by the Slovenian Research Agency on the genetics of self-injury and psychosis in vulnerable adolescents. Her team is also completing a major research project on the effects of psychological stress in juvenile diabetes. Her team has completed several other research projects (see publications list: https://cris.cobiss.net/ecris/si/en/researcher/17652). She mentors 5 active PhD students (and one who completed PhD in 2022) and 3 CAP residents (5 completed their training under her mentorship).
She has served as Deputy National Residency Coordinator for CAP since 2017 and was appointed National Residency Coordinator in September 2022. She is a member of the Advisory Board for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry of the Slovenian Ministry of Health since its establishment in 2018, she is the President of the Slovenian Association for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and has been its Secretary General for the past two terms, she is a member of the ESCAP Policy Division.