Researchers

José Pedro Espada

Principal Investigator, Aitana
Professor at the area of Personality, Evaluation and Psychological Treatment

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.

Mireia Orgilés

Professor at the area of Personality, Evaluation and Psychological Treatment

 

After getting her Bachelor´s degree in Psychology from the University of Murcia, she obtained a grant for university teaching of the Ministry of Education and Science. She completed their predoctoral training at Montclair State University in New Jersey and the City University of New York.

She defended his doctoral thesis in 2003, which evaluates the effectiveness of a treatment for darkness phobia in childhood, obtaining the extraordinary doctoral award. A year later she joined as an associate professor at the University Miguel Hernández of Elche, and she combines her teaching tasks with her professional work as a psychologist in a private clinic. Mireia Orgilés is teaching and researching full time at the university from 2007 and she also began his collaboration as a child therapist at the Center for Applied Psychology at the same university. During the years 2008 to 2011, Mireia Orgilés was a research fellow at the University of Connecticut and the University of Southern California. She is professor at the area of Personality, Assessment and Psychological Treatment since 2009.

Mireia Orgilés received the Young Investigator Award in 2010, given by the University Social Council, which recognizes the career of young researchers. Her research interests have focused on the assessment and treatment of emotional problems in children and adolescents, especially of anxiety disorders in childhood.

 In recognition of her good teaching, she has been awarded repeatedly by the undergraduate students of Psychology. She directs the Master in Psychological Therapy with Children and Adolescents since it was created.

José Antonio Piqueras

Professor at the area of Personality, Evaluation and Psychological Treatment

 

He graduated in Psychology at the University of Murcia in 2000, where he received a grant to be trained as a university teacher. He performed his predoctoral stay in the American universities of Montclair State University and the Maryland Center for Anxiety Disorders at the University of Maryland. In 2005 he defended his doctoral thesis, which evaluates a treatment for social phobia among adolescents, and he also obtained the extraordinary doctoral award.

He teaches at the University of Alicante during 2006.  A year later, he joined the Department of Health Psychology at the University Miguel Hernández. His research interests are focused on the treatment of the obsessive-compulsive disorder in childhood and the application of new technologies for assessment and intervention of adolescent problems. Related to this research topic, he performed a stay at the Virje University of Amsterdam with Professor Cujpers in 2010.

He teaches at the Bachelor of Psychology the Psychological Assessment course. He also teaches at the Master in Psychological Therapy with Children and Adolescents, receiving an award by the students in 2011. José Antonio Piqueras is Professor at the area of Personality, Assessment and Psychological Treatment since 2012.

Elena Carratalá

Part-time lecturer at the area of Personality, Evaluation and Psychological Treatment

After obtaining her Bachelor degree in Psychology at University Miguel Hernández in 2007, she completed her training by obtaining a Masters in Health Psychology at the same university and a Masters in Early Intervention by the Technical Institute of Applied Studies.
Her professional career has been dedicated to the intervention in child development problems. After graduating she worked for several years as a psychologist early attention. As an expert in family mediation, she participates as a professional staff responsible for dealing with cases of supervised visits in family meeting places. In 2012 she start bein the supervisor of the Child Development Unit at the University Clinical Services of the University Miguel Hernández, where she is in charge of care programs applied as early intervention with parents and professional training.
She teaches in the Master of Teacher Training and in the Master in Psychological Therapy with Children and Adolescents, which trains therapists for intervention in childhood hyperactivity.
Her research work focuses on the study of the effects of family background factors in child welfare.

 

María T. Gonzálvez

Part-time lecturer at the area of Personality, Evaluation and Psychological Treatment

Bachelor in Psychology at the University Miguel Hernández of Elche, with extraordinary award for the best scholar records. She attended the Master in Psychological Therapy with Children and Adolescents in 2012. She develop her research interests through a contract associated with a project of the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness. From 2013 to 2016 she conducted research as a Vali+d fellowship (Department of Education, Culture and Sports, Generalitat Valenciana).

Her research focuses on the analysis of risk factors for substance abuse and the treatment of addictions.

Alexandra Morales

Part-time lecturer at the area of Personality, Evaluation and Psychological Treatment

Alexandra Morales got her international PhD in 2015. Bachelor in Psychology at the University Miguel Hernández of Elche, with extraordinary award. She attended the Master in Psychological Therapy with Children and Adolescents in 2010-2011 and during this period she also obtained a grant to research on prevention of AIDS. Since 2012 she is a predoctoral researcher funded by the VALi+d program of the Department of Education, Training and Employment of the Valencian Community. Her research interests are focused on the study of the sexual risk behavior of adolescents and the assessment of promotion programs of the affective-sexual health in the school environment.

María Rivera

Research fellow

Bachelor in Psychology at the University Miguel Hernández (UMH) of Elche, and received the "5 Starts" University Prize. She attended the Master in Psychological Therapy with Children and Adolescents while she started research activities as fellow from Grants for the Promotion of Research in the Departments and Institutes at UMH (2013), convened by the Vice President (Students and Sports), and Research Initiation Grants (2013 and 2014) from the Vice President for Research and Innovation of UMH. In 2014, she started the Ph.D. program in Health Psychology. From 2015, she is a researcher in training of VALi+d program from the Department of Education, Culture and Sports of the Valencian Community. Her work covers the adaptation and validation of psychometric instruments, and the evaluation of programs to promote psychosocial well-being in child population.

Iván Fernández

Research fellow

In 2013 he obtained a collaboration fellowship of the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports in Spain, with which he began his research activities. After graduating in Psychology at the University Miguel Hernandez with Bachelor’s Degree with Distinction in Psychology, he complements his academic training with the Master in General Health Psychology. During this period, he also continues to develop his research training as research fellow of a Grant for the Promotion of Research in the Departments and Institutes from the Vice President of Student and Sports at Miguel Hernández University. Since 2015, he is a pre-doctoral fellow of the University Professors Training Program of the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports of Spain. His research focuses on the assessment and treatment of emotional problems in child and youth population, especially of anxiety disorders.