In a cider house near the Sanctuary of Loiola, Guipuzcoa, Spain.

Short presentation

Born in Barakaldo, Spain, in 1974. PhD in Psychology in 2011. She is married to Manuel and has two children, ages 4 and 9.


2020 - Diploma in Perinatal Mental Health, European Institute of Perinatal Mental Health, Spain (ongoing).

2018 Diploma Program for Leadership Development. ESADE Business and Law School, University Ramon Llull, Spain.

2011 PhD in Psychology (Cum Laude). Faculty of Psychology, University of Malaga, Spain. Supervisors: Juan A. Bellon; Berta Moreno

2004 Master of Welfare Polices and Social Services Management. Faculty of Sociology and Social Work, University of Alcalá de Henares, Spain.

1997 Master of Science (MSc) in Psychology. Faculty of Psychology, University of Malaga, Spain.

Current and previous positions

Current position

2016 – Director, Doctoral School, University Loyola Andalucia, Spain.

2016 – Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, University Loyola Andalucia, Spain.

Previous positions

2014 – 2016 Director, Department of Psychology, University Loyola Andalucia, Spain.

2012 – 2016 Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, University Loyola Andalucia, Spain.

2011 – 2014 Lecturer (part-time), Developmental Psychology Depart, University of Seville, Spain.

2007 – 2009 Researcher, Andalusian Public Foundation for Health and Biomedicine Research, Andalusian Public Health System, Malaga, Spain.

2006 – 2009 Lecturer (part-time), Developmental Psychology Depart., University of Malaga, Spain.

2007 – 2009 Programs-coordinator and Psychologist, Andalusian Health & Social Welfare Ministry, Spain.

1999 – 2003 Predoctoral Researcher, Ministry of Education & Science, University of Malaga, Spain.

Fellowships and awards

2021 Santander Women | W50 Leadership - London School of Economics.

2018 Best researcher of the course 2017/2018, University Loyola Andalucia, Spain.

2018 Best manuscript, Public Foundation for Health & Biomedicine Research, Spain.

2013 Award to best research project in Public Health, Andalusian Health Ministry, Spain.

2004 Best Master’s Thesis Awards, University of Alcalá de Henares, Spain.

1998 – 1999 Research Scholarship, Vice-Chancellor of Research, University of Malaga, Spain.

1997 – 1998 Research Scholarship, Ministry of Education and Science, Spain.

Organization of scientific meetings

2015 Coordinator, Transfer of Innovation and Research to mental health planning: implications for Spain. Mental Health Strategy of the National Health System, Spain.

Member of scientific societies

2020 – Member, ‘The International Marce Society for Perinatal Mental Health’, USA.

2020 – Member ‘Researcher Mental Health’ ReMO (COST Action CA19117).

2019 – Core Committee, ‘Research Innovation and Sustainable Pan-European Network in Peripartum Depression Disorder’ Riseup-PPD (COST Action CA18138). Leader Task Force ‘Perinatal Mental Health & COVID-19 pandemic’.

2018 – Member, ‘European Network on Individualized Psychotherapy Treatment of Young People with Mental Disorders’ Treat-ME (COST Action CA16102).

2011 – Researcher ‘Primary Care Prevention and health Promotion Research Network’ (RedIAPP) (RD16/0007/0010), Barcelona, Spain.

Editor and Reviewer

Editor in JCR international journals

2020 present: Co-editor Research Topic ‘Web-based and mobile-based interventions in perinatal mental health’ in Frontiers in Global Women’s Health and Frontiers in Digital Health.

2021 present: Co-editor ‘Prevention of depression and anxiety’ Special Issue, Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health.

2020- present: Co-editor ‘Social determinants of mental health’, the Topical Collection (mental health section), Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health

2020 Associate Editor of Frontiers in Global Women´s Health (Mental Health), Frontiers Psychology (Clinical Psychology), BMC Women Health and BMC Psychology.

Reviewer of international journals

Depression & Anxiety, Journal Affective Disorders, Women 's Health, Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, British Journal of Clinical Psychology, International Journal of Enviromental Research and Public Health, BMJ Open, Sustainability, Journal of Clinical Medicine, Early Intervention in Psychiatry, Psychotherapy Research, Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports, Agression and Violent Behaviour, Applied Nursing Research, Cyberpsychology, Disability and Rehabilitation, Psychology and Health, Psicothema.

Reviewer research projects

Occasional reviewer for many grant agencies in Spain and Europan Commision, such us Postdoctoral Fellowships - Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions.