I am a clinical psychologist and research professor based in Barcelona (Spain). My clinical work feeds from the comprehensive body of research that aims at developing population-based interventions to tackle the burden of mental disorders worldwide. I hold clinical, research and teaching accreditations from the Spanish government.
I am interested in tools for monitoring and evaluation, and in the development of prevention strategies and psychological interventions in vulnerable groups with special interest in youth, women and migrants. My research work aims to advance knowledge on vulnerability and resilience in relation to determinants of mental health and risk of mental illness, particularly in settings of high and chronic exposure to stress. I use a mixed approach that feeds from basic neuroscience and translates to bio-psycho-social dynamics. My team and I have applied this knowledge to identify childhood maltreatment as a key risk factor for suicide, the impact of violence by peers in young persons, and to develop a comprehensive framework of the neurobiological underpinnings linking intimate partner violence and poor mental health among women survivors. Since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic I am actively involved in work groups that monitor this sanitary emergency from a global mental health perspective.