After finishing his bachelor degree in psychology at the University of Murcia, he completed their postgraduate training in collaboration with research groups in the US and working as a clinical psychologist in health organizations. He joined the University Miguel Hernández de Elche in 2002 after a training period at the Institute of Prevention Research at Cornell University in New York. In 2003 he defended his doctoral thesis, receiving the doctorate special award. His research interests are have focused on the evaluation of prevention programs for drug abuse and adolescent sexual risk behaviors.
He is the author of SALUDA, a program for the prevention of addictive behavior in adolescents, published in Piramide in 2003 and has been evaluated in more than 3,000 schoolars in Spain, Portugal and Colombia and whose effectiveness has been proven in six doctoral theses. Studies testing its effectiveness have been published in renowned magazines such as Prevention Science. He is also the creator of the COMPAS, a structured protocol aimet to prevent sexual risk behavior. It is the only Spanish program to promote sexual health for adolescents experimentally evaluated long term. The efficacy outcomes are published in Journal of Adolescent Health, AIDS and Behavior, and AIDS Education and Prevention. Two doctoral dissertations have evaluated the program.
José Pedro Espada is from 2002 clinical psychologist at the Applied Psychology Center at the University Miguel Hernandez, occupying since 2011 the Deputy Director position. Dr. Espada teaches Psychological Therapy in the Degree in Psychology and he collaborates teaching at the Master in Psychological Therapy with children and adolescents in the UMH.