Scientific committee

Principal investigator

Albert Espelt Hernández

PhD in Biomedicine, Master of Science in Public Health, bachelor’s degree in applied Statistics, a bachelor’s degree in Psychology, bachelor’s degree in Market Studies and Techniques and bachelor’s degree in Statistics. Director of Epidemiology and Public Health UVIC-UCC/UOC Inter-university Research Group (GRESP) and head of the  Epidemiology and Methodology of Social and Health Sciences Department at Universitat de Vic-Universitat Central de Catalunya. Main professor at Physiotherapy bachelor’s degree at the Faculty of Health Sciences at UManresa. Associate professor at the Department of Psychobiology and Health Science Methodology of Psychology bachelor’s degree at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB). Main researcher of DESKcohort project. He has developed his research in areas of drug addiction and social inequalities in health.

Project manager

Helena González Casals

Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB). Member of the Epidemiology and Methodology of Social and Health Sciences Department in the Faculty of Health Sciences at Universitat de Vic-Universitat Central de Catalunya, in Manresa. Member of the Epidemiology and Public Health UVIC-UCC/UOC Inter-university Research Group (GRESP). Associate professor at the Physiotherapy bachelor’s degree at the Health Sciences Faculty in UManresa, in the Community Physiotherapy course. DESKcohort project manager.

Fieldwork coordinator

Judit Rogés Olivares

Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Universitat de Barcelona (UB) and MSc in Drug dependence (UB). Member of the Epidemiology and Methodology of Social and Health Sciences Department at the Faculty of Health Sciences in Universitat de Vic-Universitat Central de Catalunya (UVic-UCC). Fieldwork coordinator of the DESKcohort project and member of the Epidemiology and Public Health UVIC-UCC/UOC Inter-university Research Group (GRESP). Fieldwork coordinator of the DESKcohort project. 

UVic-UCC Investigator

Tivy Barón Garcia

Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB). Member of the Epidemiology and Methodology of Social and Health Sciences Department at the Faculty of Health Sciences in Universitat de Vic-Universitat Central de Catalunya (UVic-UCC) and member of the Epidemiology and Public Health UVIC-UCC/UOC Inter-university Research Group (GRESP).

UVic-UCC Investigator

Ester Teixidó-Compañó

PhD in Biomedicine. Master of Science in Public Health and Master in Psychosocial Intervention. Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. Main professor at the Faculty of Health Sciences in Universitat de Vic-Universitat Central de Catalunya (UVic-UCC) in the fields of public health and community health and associate professor at the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC). Researcher in the Epidemiology and Public Health UVIC-UCC/UOC Inter-university Research Group (GRESP). Member of the Epidemiology and Methodology of Social and Health Sciences Department at the Faculty of Health Sciences in Universitat de Vic-Universitat Central de Catalunya (UVic-UCC). She has collaborated on drug addiction research projects.

UOC Investigator

Marina Bosque Prous

PhD in Biomedicine (UPF), Master of Science in Public Health (UPF-UAB), bachelor’s degree in Biology (UB) and bachelor’s degree in Human Nutrition (UB) and Dietetics (UB). Main professor of Health Sciences Studies at Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC) and associate professor at the Faculty of Health Sciences in UManresa (UVic-UCC). Member of the Epidemiology and Public Health UVIC-UCC/UOC Inter-university Research Group (GRESP). She is currently the coordinator of the alcohol working group of the Spanish Society of Epidemiology (SEE). She has collaborated on several research projects in the field of drug addiction.

CEEISCAT Investigator

Jordi Casabona

Master’s in Public Health from Texas University (Houston, TX, 1986) and PhD in Medicine from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB, 1990). Director of the Center of Epidemiological studies on sexually transmitted infections and AIDS in Catalonia (CEEISCAT), dependent on the Health Department and located in Can Ruti’s campus since 1995; associate professor at the Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine subject at the UAB since 1992 and main professor at the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC) since 2014. He worked at the WHO (Gèneve 1989-1990), and he has been co-president of the XIV International AIDS Conference (Barcelona, 2002). He has led multiple international projects, both in Europe and South America through the Fundació Sida I Societat. He has published several books and more than 200 articles in his field of study.

CEEISCAT Investigator

Cinta Folch

PhD in Public Health and biomedical research methodology from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB). Bachelor’s degree in Pharmacy from the Universitat de Barcelona (UB) and a master’s degree in Public Health. Since 2000 she works at the Center of Epidemiological studies on Sexually Transmitted Infections and AIDS in Catalonia (CEEISCAT). She has coordinated research about behavioural monitoring of HVI and sexually transmitted infections in key populations. In the research field, she has been a member of the research team of different projects financed by the Direcció General de Salut I Protecció al Consumidor (DGDANCO) about the LGBTIQ+ community and other men who have sex with men (EMIS and Sialon projects).  In the academic area, in recent years she has collaborated as an associate professor of the Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine subject at the UAB, and she has collaborated as a teacher in the Specialization course on sexually transmitted infections and AIDS of the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC).

Investigator from the Health Department

Joan Colom i Farran

PhD in Medicine, bachelor’s degree in Public Health from the Escuela Nacional de Sanidad, master’s degree in Directive Management in the Superior School for Business Management (ESADE) and master’s degree in drug addiction (UB). Main professor at the Universitat de Barcelona (UB), ESADE and Institut d’Estudis de la Salut. Deputy Director-General for Drug Addictions for the Public Health Agency of Catalonia (ASPC), Health Department, Generalitat de Catalunya. Director of the HVI, AIDS and Hepatitis Programme of the ASPC. President of the Public Director’s Club in ESADE. Project coordinator for the European Union. Adviser for the World Health Organization (WHO). Member of 20 scientific societies and committees. Founder of the International Network on Brief Interventions for Alcohol and other Drugs (INEBRIA) and of the Alcohol Policy Network (APN). He has developed his research in the field of drug addiction, HVI and Hepatitis.

Investigator from the Health Department

Susanna Puigcorbé

Master of Science in Public Health and a bachelor’s degree in Psychology. Collaborator in behavioural addictions at the General Sub-directorate of Drug addictions in the Catalan Public Health Agency.

Workgroups
Tobacco Group

Esteve Fernandez – Collaborating Researcher at the Catalan Institute of Oncology

PhD and Master of Science in Public Health and bachelor’s degree in Medicine from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB). Director of Epidemiology and Prevention in the Catalan Institute of Oncology (ICO) and coordinator of the Research Programme on Epidemiology and Public Health (EPIBELL) of the Biomedical Research Institute of Bellvitge (IDIBELL). Professor of Epidemiology and Public Health in the Medicine and Health Sciences Faculty of the Universitat de Barcelona (UB). He has published more than 400 scientific articles, was the director of Gaceta Sanitaria and has taught more than 50 courses about scientific writing.

Teresa Arechavala Roé – UVic-UCC Collaborating Researcher

PhD in Biomedicine, Master of Science in Public Health, and bachelor’s degree in Biology. Technician in community health at Sabadell Town Council, and associate professor at the Epidemiology and Public Health Department of the Faculty of Health Sciences in Manresa (UVic-UCC) teaching the courses of Biostatistics and Information Systems, and Community Physiotherapy. Member of the Epidemiology and Public Health UVIC-UCC/UOC Inter-university Research Group (GRESP) at UVic-UCC. She has developed her research in the field of smoking and environmental exposure to tobacco and has joined several health promotion projects focused on children and teenagers.

ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-7946-1210

Research Gate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Teresa_Arechavala

Antoni Baena Garcia – UOC Researcher

PhD in Psychology from Universitat Ramon Llull. Graduate in Psychology from Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB). Specialist in the treatment and control of smoking with more than 20 years of experience. Member of the Epidemiology and Public Health UVIC-UCC/UOC Inter-university Research Group (GRESP). He has worked at the Smoking Unit at Hospital Clínic de Barcelona and the Smoking Unit at Hospital Bellvitge in different projects on remote treatment of people who smoke; he has been the project manager at the Control and Smoking Unit at Institut Català de Tabaquisme and the principal investigator in a study on the treatment of smoking in cancer survivors through social networks (beca FIS PI16 /01766). He is a member of the Psychology and TIC Commission of the Official College of Psychologists of Catalunya-COPC.

At the moment, he is professor of the Health Sciences Studies at UOC.

ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9221-8784

Research Gate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Antoni-Baena

Joan Colom Farran – Researcher of the Health Department

PhD in Medicine, bachelor’s degree in Public Health from the Escuela Nacional de Sanidad, master’s degree in Directive Management in the Superior School for Business Management (ESADE) and master’s degree in drug addiction (UB). Main professor at the Universitat de Barcelona (UB), ESADE and Institut d’Estudis de la Salut. Deputy Director-General for Drug Addictions for the Public Health Agency of Catalonia (ASPC), Health Department, Generalitat de Catalunya. Director of the HVI, AIDS and Hepatitis Programme of the ASPC. President of the Public Director’s Club in ESADE. Project coordinator for the European Union. Adviser for the World Health Organization (WHO). Member of 20 scientific societies and committees. Founder of the International Network on Brief Interventions for Alcohol and other Drugs (INEBRIA) and of the Alcohol Policy Network (APN). He has developed his research in the field of drug addiction, HVI and Hepatitis.

Helena González Casals – UVic-UCC Researcher

Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB). Member of the Epidemiology and Methodology of Social and Health Sciences Department in the Faculty of Health Sciences at Universitat de Vic-Universitat Central de Catalunya, in Manresa. Member of the Epidemiology and Public Health UVIC-UCC/UOC Inter-university Research Group (GRESP). Associate professor at the Physiotherapy bachelor’s degree at the Health Sciences Faculty in UManresa, in the Community Physiotherapy course. DESKcohort project manager.

ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9605-3080

Research Gate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Helena_Gonzalez_Casals

Albert Espelt Hernández – UVic-UCC Researcher

PhD in Biomedicine, Master of Science in Public Health, bachelor’s degree in applied Statistics, a bachelor’s degree in Psychology, bachelor’s degree in Market Studies and Techniques and bachelor’s degree in Statistics. Director of Epidemiology and Public Health UVIC-UCC/UOC Inter-university Research Group (GRESP) and head of the Epidemiology and Methodology of Social and Health Sciences Department at Universitat de Vic-Universitat Central de Catalunya. Main professor at Physiotherapy bachelor’s degree at the Faculty of Health Sciences at UManresa. Associate professor at the Department of Psychobiology and Health Science Methodology of Psychology bachelor’s degree at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB). Main researcher of DESKcohort project. He has developed his research in areas of drug addiction and social inequalities in health.

ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8625-4356

Research Gate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Albert_Espelt

Alcohol Group

Albert Espelt Hernández – UVic-UCC Researcher

PhD in Biomedicine, Master of Science in Public Health, bachelor’s degree in applied Statistics, a bachelor’s degree in Psychology, bachelor’s degree in Market Studies and Techniques and bachelor’s degree in Statistics. Director of Epidemiology and Public Health UVIC-UCC/UOC Inter-university Research Group (GRESP) and head of the Epidemiology and Methodology of Social and Health Sciences Department at Universitat de Vic-Universitat Central de Catalunya. Main professor at Physiotherapy bachelor’s degree at the Faculty of Health Sciences at UManresa. Associate professor at the Department of Psychobiology and Health Science Methodology of Psychology bachelor’s degree at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB). Main researcher of DESKcohort project. He has developed his research in areas of drug addiction and social inequalities in health.

ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8625-4356

Research Gate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Albert_Espelt

 

Marina Bosque Prous – UOC Researcher

PhD in Biomedicine (UPF), Master of Science in Public Health (UPF-UAB), bachelor’s degree in Biology (UB) and bachelor’s degree in Human Nutrition (UB) and Dietetics (UB). Main professor of Health Sciences Studies at Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC) and associate professor at the Faculty of Health Sciences in UManresa (UVic-UCC). Member of the Epidemiology and Public Health UVIC-UCC/UOC Inter-university Research Group (GRESP). She is currently the coordinator of the alcohol working group of the Spanish Society of Epidemiology (SEE). She has collaborated on several research projects in the field of drug addiction.

ORCID: http://orcid.org/0000-0002-8830-8880

Research Gate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Marina_Bosque-Prous

 

Ester Teixidó-Compañó – UVic-UCC Researcher

PhD in Biomedicine. Master of Science in Public Health and Master in Psychosocial Intervention. Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. Main professor at the Faculty of Health Sciences in Universitat de Vic-Universitat Central de Catalunya (UVic-UCC) in the fields of public health and community health and associate professor at the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC). Researcher in UVic-UCC Epidemiology and Public Health UVIC-UCC/UOC Inter-university Research Group (GRESP) and member of the Epidemiology and Methodology of Social and Health Sciences Department of this university. She has collaborated on drug addiction research projects.

ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-0565-7023

Research Gate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Ester_Teixido-Compano

 

Judit Rogés Olivares – UVic-UCC Researcher

Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Universitat de Barcelona (UB) and MSc in Drug dependence (UB). Member of the Epidemiology and Methodology of Social and Health Sciences Department at the Faculty of Health Sciences in Universitat de Vic-Universitat Central de Catalunya (UVic-UCC) and member of the Epidemiology and Public Health UVIC-UCC/UOC Inter-university Research Group (GRESP). Fieldwork coordinator of the DESKcohort project.

ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3575-7068

Research Gate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Judit-Roges

 

Núria Obradors Rial – Researcher of the Department of Education

PhD from Universitat Pompeu Fabra. Master of Science in Public Health. Bachelor’s degree in Nursing. Main professor at the Faculty of Health Sciences in UManresa. Researcher at the Epidemiology and Public Health Group in UVic-UCC (GRESP). She has developed her research in the field of youth’s risky behaviours and territorial inequalities.

ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4981-3187

Research Gate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Nuria_Obradors-Rial

 

Cinta Folch – CEEISCAT Researcher

PhD in Public Health and biomedical research methodology from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB). Bachelor’s degree in Pharmacy from the Universitat de Barcelona (UB) and a master’s degree in Public Health. Since 2000 she works at the Center of Epidemiological studies on Sexually Transmitted Infections and AIDS in Catalonia (CEEISCAT). She has coordinated research about behavioural monitoring of HVI and sexually transmitted infections in key populations. In the research field, she has been a member of the research team of different projects financed by the Direcció General de Salut I Protecció al Consumidor (DGDANCO) about the LGBTIQ+ community and other men who have sex with men (EMIS and Sialon projects).  In the academic area, in recent years she has collaborated as an associate professor of the Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine subject at the UAB, and she has collaborated as a teacher in the Specialization course on sexually transmitted infections and AIDS of the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC).

ORCID: http://orcid.org/0000-0001-8400-2668

Research Gate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Cinta-Folch

 

Jordi Casabona – CEEISCAT Researcher

Master’s in Public Health from Texas University (Houston, TX, 1986) and PhD in Medicine from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB, 1990). Director of the Center of Epidemiological studies on sexually transmitted infections and AIDS in Catalonia (CEEISCAT), dependent on the Health Department and located in Can Ruti’s campus since 1995; associate professor at the Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine subject at the UAB since 1992 and main professor at the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC) since 2014. He worked at the WHO (Gèneve 1989-1990), and he has been co-president of the XIV International AIDS Conference (Barcelona, 2002). He has led multiple international projects, both in Europe and South America through the Fundació Sida I Societat. He has published several books and more than 200 articles in his field of study.

ORCID: http://orcid.org/0000-0003-4816-5536

 

Joan Colom i Farran – Researcher of the Health Department

PhD in Medicine, bachelor’s degree in Public Health from the Escuela Nacional de Sanidad, master’s degree in Directive Management in the Superior School for Business Management (ESADE) and master’s degree in drug addiction (UB). Main professor at the Universitat de Barcelona (UB), ESADE and Institut d’Estudis de la Salut. Deputy Director-General for Drug Addictions for the Public Health Agency of Catalonia (ASPC), Health Department, Generalitat de Catalunya. Director of the HVI, AIDS and Hepatitis Programme of the ASPC. President of the Public Director’s Club in ESADE. Project coordinator for the European Union. Adviser for the World Health Organization (WHO). Member of 20 scientific societies and committees. Founder of the International Network on Brief Interventions for Alcohol and other Drugs (INEBRIA) and of the Alcohol Policy Network (APN). He has developed his research in the field of drug addiction, HVI and Hepatitis.

 

Helena González Casals – UVic-UCC Researcher

Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB). Member of the Epidemiology and Methodology of Social and Health Sciences Department in the Faculty of Health Sciences at Universitat de Vic-Universitat Central de Catalunya, in Manresa. Member of the Epidemiology and Public Health UVIC-UCC/UOC Inter-university Research Group (GRESP). Associate professor at the Physiotherapy bachelor’s degree at the Health Sciences Faculty in UManresa, in the Community Physiotherapy course. DESKcohort project manager.

ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9605-3080

Research Gate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Helena_Gonzalez_Casals

Group of other drugs

Xavier Majó – Researcher of the Health Department

Bachelor’s degree in Medicine from the Universitat de Barcelona (UB). Coordinator of the Drug addiction Information System and the Viral hepatitis control and prevention programme from the Public Health Agency of Catalonia. Until 2015 he was the coordinator of the harm reduction programmes of the General Subdirectorate of drug addiction of the Public Health Agency of Catalonia. In the 80’s he exercised as a doctor in different addiction treatment centres (CAS). He also participated in municipal drug addiction prevention programmes in Catalonia.  He has developed his research in the field of drug addictions, HVI, Hepatitis and AIDS.

Marina Bosque Prous – UOC Researcher

PhD in Biomedicine (UPF), Master of Science in Public Health (UPF-UAB), bachelor’s degree in Biology (UB) and bachelor’s degree in Human Nutrition (UB) and Dietetics (UB). Main professor of Health Sciences Studies at Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC) and associate professor at the Faculty of Health Sciences in UManresa (UVic-UCC). Member of the Epidemiology and Public Health UVIC-UCC/UOC Inter-university Research Group (GRESP). She is currently the coordinator of the alcohol working group of the Spanish Society of Epidemiology (SEE). She has collaborated on several research projects in the field of drug addiction.

ORCID: http://orcid.org/0000-0002-8830-8880

Research Gate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Marina_Bosque-Prous

Judit Rogés Olivares – UVic-UCC Researcher

Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Universitat de Barcelona (UB) and MSc in Drug dependence (UB). Member of the Epidemiology and Methodology of Social and Health Sciences Department at the Faculty of Health Sciences in Universitat de Vic-Universitat Central de Catalunya (UVic-UCC) and member of the Epidemiology and Public Health UVIC-UCC/UOC Inter-university Research Group (GRESP). Fieldwork coordinator of the DESKcohort project.

ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3575-7068

Research Gate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Judit-Roges

Helena González Casals –  UVic-UCC Researcher

Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB). Member of the Epidemiology and Methodology of Social and Health Sciences Department in the Faculty of Health Sciences at Universitat de Vic-Universitat Central de Catalunya, in Manresa. Member of the Epidemiology and Public Health UVIC-UCC/UOC Inter-university Research Group (GRESP). Associate professor at the Physiotherapy bachelor’s degree at the Health Sciences Faculty in UManresa, in the Community Physiotherapy course. DESKcohort project manager.

ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9605-3080

Research Gate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Helena_Gonzalez_Casals

Albert Espelt Hernández – UVic-UCC Researcher

PhD in Biomedicine, Master of Science in Public Health, bachelor’s degree in applied Statistics, a bachelor’s degree in Psychology, bachelor’s degree in Market Studies and Techniques and bachelor’s degree in Statistics. Director of Epidemiology and Public Health UVIC-UCC/UOC Inter-university Research Group (GRESP) and head of the Epidemiology and Methodology of Social and Health Sciences Department at Universitat de Vic-Universitat Central de Catalunya. Main professor at Physiotherapy bachelor’s degree at the Faculty of Health Sciences at UManresa. Associate professor at the Department of Psychobiology and Health Science Methodology of Psychology bachelor’s degree at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB). Main researcher of DESKcohort project. He has developed his research in areas of drug addiction and social inequalities in health.

ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8625-4356

Research Gate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Albert_Espelt 

Behavioral Addiction Group

Susanna Puigcorbé – Researcher of the Health Department

Master of Science in Public Health and a bachelor’s degree in Psychology. Collaborator in behavioural addictions at the General Sub-directorate of Drug addictions in the Catalan Public Health Agency.

ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9515-0826

Núria Obradors Rial – Researcher of the Health Department

PhD from the Pompeu Fabra University. Official Master in Public Health. Diploma in Nursing. Professor of Public Health at the Faculty of Health Sciences of the UManresa. Researcher of the Research Group in Epidemiology and Public Health of the UVic-UCC (GRESP). She has developed her research in the field of risk behaviors of young people and inequalities generated by the territory.

ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4981-3187

 

Joan Colom i Farran – Researcher of the Health Department

PhD in Medicine, bachelor’s degree in Public Health from the Escuela Nacional de Sanidad, master’s degree in Directive Management in the Superior School for Business Management (ESADE) and master’s degree in drug addiction (UB). Main professor at the Universitat de Barcelona (UB), ESADE and Institut d’Estudis de la Salut. Deputy Director-General for Drug Addictions for the Public Health Agency of Catalonia (ASPC), Health Department, Generalitat de Catalunya. Director of the HVI, AIDS and Hepatitis Programme of the ASPC. President of the Public Director’s Club in ESADE. Project coordinator for the European Union. Adviser for the World Health Organization (WHO). Member of 20 scientific societies and committees. Founder of the International Network on Brief Interventions for Alcohol and other Drugs (INEBRIA) and of the Alcohol Policy Network (APN). He has developed his research in the field of drug addiction, HVI and Hepatitis.

 

Marina Bosque Prous – UOC Researcher 

PhD in Biomedicine (UPF), Master of Science in Public Health (UPF-UAB), bachelor’s degree in Biology (UB) and bachelor’s degree in Human Nutrition (UB) and Dietetics (UB). Main professor of Health Sciences Studies at Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC) and associate professor at the Faculty of Health Sciences in UManresa (UVic-UCC). Member of the Epidemiology and Public Health UVIC-UCC/UOC Inter-university Research Group (GRESP). She is currently the coordinator of the alcohol working group of the Spanish Society of Epidemiology (SEE). She has collaborated on several research projects in the field of drug addiction.

ORCID: http://orcid.org/0000-0002-8830-8880

Research Gate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Marina_Bosque-Prous

 

Francesc Saigí Rubió – UOC Researcher

PhD in Biology. Associate professor of the Faculty of Health Sciences at the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (Barcelona, Spain). Member of the Epidemiology and Public Health UVIC-UCC/UOC Inter-university Research Group (GRESP). He is currently Head of the World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centre for eHealth at the same faculty. He is the principal investigator for the CYTED – RITMOS Network (Ibero-American network for mobile technologies in health) Ref. 515RT0498).

ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9616-1551

Research Gate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Francesc_Saigi-Rubio

 

Helena González Casals – UVic-UCC Researcher

Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB). Member of the Epidemiology and Methodology of Social and Health Sciences Department in the Faculty of Health Sciences at Universitat de Vic-Universitat Central de Catalunya, in Manresa. Member of the Epidemiology and Public Health UVIC-UCC/UOC Inter-university Research Group (GRESP). Associate professor at the Physiotherapy bachelor’s degree at the Health Sciences Faculty in UManresa, in the Community Physiotherapy course. DESKcohort project manager.

ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9605-3080

Research Gate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Helena_Gonzalez_Casals

Albert Espelt Hernández – UVic-UCC Researcher

PhD in Biomedicine, Master of Science in Public Health, bachelor’s degree in applied Statistics, a bachelor’s degree in Psychology, bachelor’s degree in Market Studies and Techniques and bachelor’s degree in Statistics. Director of Epidemiology and Public Health UVIC-UCC/UOC Inter-university Research Group (GRESP) and head of the Epidemiology and Methodology of Social and Health Sciences Department at Universitat de Vic-Universitat Central de Catalunya. Main professor at Physiotherapy bachelor’s degree at the Faculty of Health Sciences at UManresa. Associate professor at the Department of Psychobiology and Health Science Methodology of Psychology bachelor’s degree at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB). Main researcher of DESKcohort project. He has developed his research in areas of drug addiction and social inequalities in health.

ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8625-4356

Research Gate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Albert_Espelt

Physical Activity Group

Tivy Barón Garcia – UVic-UCC Researcher

Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB). Member of the Epidemiology and Methodology of Social and Health Sciences Department at the Faculty of Health Sciences in Universitat de Vic-Universitat Central de Catalunya (UVic-UCC) and member of the Epidemiology and Public Health UVIC-UCC/UOC Inter-university Research Group (GRESP).

ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9094-2648

Rémi Gontié – UVic-UCC Researcher

PhD student in Biomedicine (Universitat Pompeu Fabra), official master’s degree in Chest Physiotherapy (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona), master’s degree in Manual Therapy (Universitat de Vic-Universitat Central de Catalunya), Bachelor’s degree in Physiotherapy from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB). Member of the Epidemiology and Methodology of Social and Health Sciences Department of the Faculty of Health Sciences of Manresa of the Universitat de Vic-Universitat Central de Catalunya and member of the UVIC-UCC / UOC Interuniversity Research Group in Epidemiology and Public Health (GRESP). Main professor at Physiotherapy bachelor’s degree at the Faculty of Health Sciences at UManresa. He develops his research in Physical Activity and Health.

ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-2713-4194

Helena González Casals – UVic-UCC Researcher

Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB). Member of the Epidemiology and Methodology of Social and Health Sciences Department in the Faculty of Health Sciences at Universitat de Vic-Universitat Central de Catalunya, in Manresa. Member of the Epidemiology and Public Health UVIC-UCC/UOC Inter-university Research Group (GRESP). Associate professor at the Physiotherapy bachelor’s degree at the Health Sciences Faculty in UManresa, in the Community Physiotherapy course. DESKcohort project manager.

ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9605-3080

Research Gate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Helena_Gonzalez_Casals

Albert Espelt Hernández – UVic-UCC Researcher

PhD in Biomedicine, Master of Science in Public Health, bachelor’s degree in applied Statistics, a bachelor’s degree in Psychology, bachelor’s degree in Market Studies and Techniques and bachelor’s degree in Statistics. Director of Epidemiology and Public Health UVIC-UCC/UOC Inter-university Research Group (GRESP) and head of the Epidemiology and Methodology of Social and Health Sciences Department at Universitat de Vic-Universitat Central de Catalunya. Main professor at Physiotherapy bachelor’s degree at the Faculty of Health Sciences at UManresa. Associate professor at the Department of Psychobiology and Health Science Methodology of Psychology bachelor’s degree at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB). Main researcher of DESKcohort project. He has developed his research in areas of drug addiction and social inequalities in health.

ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8625-4356

Research Gate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Albert_Espelt

Sexuality Group

Carlota Riera Claret – UVic-UCC Researcher

PhD in Social Psychology at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB). Master of Science in Education and ICT, e-learning at Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC). Corporate Development Director at Universitat de Vic-Universitat Central de Catalunya in Manresa. Management of inter-institutional research group in Teaching Innovation, Simulation and Safety of UVic-UCC patients (GRINDOSSEP). Professor in the field of Public Health, Qualitative Research Methodology, Organizational Development and Talent Development. Organizational development project consultant for the Global Institute for Organizational Development. Accredited consultant at Insight Discovery.

ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3841-0473

Cinta Folch – CEEISCAT Researcher

PhD in Public Health and biomedical research methodology from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB). Bachelor’s degree in Pharmacy from the Universitat de Barcelona (UB) and a master’s degree in Public Health. Since 2000 she works at the Center of Epidemiological studies on Sexually Transmitted Infections and AIDS in Catalonia (CEEISCAT). She has coordinated research about behavioural monitoring of HVI and sexually transmitted infections in key populations. In the research field, she has been a member of the research team of different projects financed by the Direcció General de Salut I Protecció al Consumidor (DGDANCO) about the LGBTIQ+ community and other men who have sex with men (EMIS and Sialon projects).  In the academic area, in recent years she has collaborated as an associate professor of the Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine subject at the UAB, and she has collaborated as a teacher in the Specialization course on sexually transmitted infections and AIDS of the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC).

ORCID: http://orcid.org/0000-0001-8400-2668

Research Gate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Cinta-Folch

Jordi Casabona – CEEISCAT Researcher

Master’s in Public Health from Texas University (Houston, TX, 1986) and PhD in Medicine from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB, 1990). Director of the Center of Epidemiological studies on sexually transmitted infections and AIDS in Catalonia (CEEISCAT), dependent on the Health Department and located in Can Ruti’s campus since 1995; associate professor at the Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine subject at the UAB since 1992 and main professor at the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC) since 2014. He worked at the WHO (Gèneve 1989-1990), and he has been co-president of the XIV International AIDS Conference (Barcelona, 2002). He has led multiple international projects, both in Europe and South America through the Fundació Sida I Societat. He has published several books and more than 200 articles in his field of study.

ORCID: http://orcid.org/0000-0003-4816-5536

Gemma Drou Roget – UVic-UCC Researcher

Bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Sciences from Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB). Member of the Epidemiology and Methodology of Social and Health Sciences Department at the Faculty of Health Sciences in Manresa (UVic-UCC) and member of the Epidemiology and Public Health UVIC-UCC/UOC Inter-university Research Group (GRESP).

Helena González Casals – UVic-UCC Researcher

Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB). Member of the Epidemiology and Methodology of Social and Health Sciences Department in the Faculty of Health Sciences at Universitat de Vic-Universitat Central de Catalunya, in Manresa. Member of the Epidemiology and Public Health UVIC-UCC/UOC Inter-university Research Group (GRESP). Associate professor at the Physiotherapy bachelor’s degree at the Health Sciences Faculty in UManresa, in the Community Physiotherapy course. DESKcohort project manager.

ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9605-3080

Research Gate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Helena_Gonzalez_Casals

Albert Espelt Hernández – UVic-UCC Researcher

PhD in Biomedicine, Master of Science in Public Health, bachelor’s degree in applied Statistics, a bachelor’s degree in Psychology, bachelor’s degree in Market Studies and Techniques and bachelor’s degree in Statistics. Director of Epidemiology and Public Health UVIC-UCC/UOC Inter-university Research Group (GRESP) and head of the Epidemiology and Methodology of Social and Health Sciences Department at Universitat de Vic-Universitat Central de Catalunya. Main professor at Physiotherapy bachelor’s degree at the Faculty of Health Sciences at UManresa. Associate professor at the Department of Psychobiology and Health Science Methodology of Psychology bachelor’s degree at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB). Main researcher of DESKcohort project. He has developed his research in areas of drug addiction and social inequalities in health.

ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8625-4356

Research Gate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Albert_Espelt

Nutrition Group

Alicia Aguilar Martínez – UOC Researcher

Phd in Biology from UB and MSc in Human Nutrition and Dietetics (UCA). Sub-director of teaching and professor of the Health Sciences Studies at Universitat Oberta de Catalunya. She is a researcher at the FoodLab research group, an interdisciplinary research group on alimentation, nutrition, society and health, consolidated group (2017 SGR 834) by the Agency for Management of University and Research Grants (AGAUR), and a member of the assistant and executive committee of the UNESCO Cathedra in Alimentation, Culture and Development. She develops her research in the study of alimentary habits, nutritional education and the possibilities of the application of information and communication technologies in health promotion.

ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1004-9548

Researchgate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Alicia-Aguilar-3

Laura Esquius de la Zarza – UOC Researcher

PhD from Universitat de Barcelona. Bachelor’s degree in Biology at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona and a bachelor’s degree in Human Nutrition and Dietetics at Universitat de Vic. In recent years, she has combined academic and scientific activity with professional tasks in the field of nutrition and health. Professor of Health Sciences Studies at Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC) and the Faculty of Health Sciences of Manresa, Uvic-UCC.

She is a researcher from the FoodLab research group, an interdisciplinary research group in food, nutrition, society, and health, consolidated (SGR 834) by the Agency for University and Research Grants’ Management (AGAUR).

ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1009-5379

Research Gate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Laura_Esquius

Marina Bosque Prous – UOC Researcher

PhD in Biomedicine (UPF), Master of Science in Public Health (UPF-UAB), bachelor’s degree in Biology (UB) and bachelor’s degree in Human Nutrition (UB) and Dietetics (UB). Main professor of Health Sciences Studies at Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC) and associate professor at the Faculty of Health Sciences in UManresa (UVic-UCC). Member of the Epidemiology and Public Health UVIC-UCC/UOC Inter-university Research Group (GRESP). She is currently the coordinator of the alcohol working group of the Spanish Society of Epidemiology (SEE). She has collaborated on several research projects in the field of drug addiction.

ORCID: http://orcid.org/0000-0002-8830-8880

Research Gate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Marina_Bosque-Prous

Ester Colillas Malet – UVic-UCC Researcher

PhD from Universitat de Girona. Master of Science in Public Health. Bachelor’s degree in Nursing. Main professor at the Faculty of Health Sciences in UManresa in the fields of public health and community health. Coordinator of the Nursing degree in UManresa. Responsible for the project Healthy and Sustainable University in UManresa. Researcher at UVic-UCC Epidemiology and Public Health UVIC-UCC/UOC Inter-university Research Group (GRESP) and member of the Epidemiology and Methodology of Social and Health Sciences Department in the Faculty of Health Sciences at Universitat de Vic-Universitat Central de Catalunya. She has developed her research in areas of nutrition and gender inequalities and mental health.

ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9588-2576

Research Gate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Ester_Colillas_Malet

Cristina Vaqué Crusellas – Lecturer in the Faculty of Health and Wellness Sciences at UVic-UCC

PhD in Psychology in 2012. Master in Health Promotion, and Degree in Dietetics and Human Nutrition. She is part of the Research Group in Methodology, Methods, Models and Results in Health and Social Sciences (M3O) and worked as a nutritionist in the public and private health system for a long period. Her areas of research are: Malnutrition in complex chronic patients. Design and evaluation of food education and health promotion. Studies on nutrition and subjective well-being. Qualitative methods. Several published articles and papers presented at conferences.

ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9605-3080

Researchgate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Cristina_Vaque

Maria Manera Bassols – Researcher at the Public Health Agency of Catalonia

Diploma in Human Nutrition and Dietetics (2003). Master in Preventive Medicine and Health Promotion (2005). Dietitian-Nutritionist of the Integral Plan for Health Promotion through Physical Activity and Healthy Eating (PAAS), of the Public Health Agency of Catalonia. Dietitian of the Pediatrics Service of Quirón Salud Barcelona. Lecturer in continuing education and postgraduate training. Her areas of expertise are community nutrition, child nutrition and vegetarian nutrition.

Research Gate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Maria-Manera-Bassols 

Helena González Casals – UVic-UCC Researcher

Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB). Member of the Epidemiology and Methodology of Social and Health Sciences Department in the Faculty of Health Sciences at Universitat de Vic-Universitat Central de Catalunya, in Manresa. Member of the Epidemiology and Public Health UVIC-UCC/UOC Inter-university Research Group (GRESP). Associate professor at the Physiotherapy bachelor’s degree at the Health Sciences Faculty in UManresa, in the Community Physiotherapy course. DESKcohort project manager.

ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9605-3080

Research Gate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Helena_Gonzalez_Casals

Albert Espelt Hernández – UVic-UCC Researcher

PhD in Biomedicine, Master of Science in Public Health, bachelor’s degree in applied Statistics, a bachelor’s degree in Psychology, bachelor’s degree in Market Studies and Techniques and bachelor’s degree in Statistics. Director of Epidemiology and Public Health UVIC-UCC/UOC Inter-university Research Group (GRESP) and head of the Epidemiology and Methodology of Social and Health Sciences Department at Universitat de Vic-Universitat Central de Catalunya. Main professor at Physiotherapy bachelor’s degree at the Faculty of Health Sciences at UManresa. Associate professor at the Department of Psychobiology and Health Science Methodology of Psychology bachelor’s degree at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB). Main researcher of DESKcohort project. He has developed his research in areas of drug addiction and social inequalities in health.

ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8625-4356

Research Gate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Albert_Espelt 

Group of Mental Health and Emotional Well-being

Helena Gonzàlez Casals – UVic-UCC Researcher

Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB). Member of the Epidemiology and Methodology of Social and Health Sciences Department in the Faculty of Health Sciences at Universitat de Vic-Universitat Central de Catalunya, in Manresa. Member of the Epidemiology and Public Health UVIC-UCC/UOC Inter-university Research Group (GRESP). Associate professor at the Physiotherapy bachelor’s degree at the Health Sciences Faculty in UManresa, in the Community Physiotherapy course. DESKcohort project manager. 

ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9605-3080

Research Gate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Helena_Gonzalez_Casals

Albert Espelt Hernández – UVic-UCC Researcher

PhD in Biomedicine, Master of Science in Public Health, bachelor’s degree in applied Statistics, a bachelor’s degree in Psychology, bachelor’s degree in Market Studies and Techniques and bachelor’s degree in Statistics. Director of Epidemiology and Public Health UVIC-UCC/UOC Inter-university Research Group (GRESP) and head of the Epidemiology and Methodology of Social and Health Sciences Department at Universitat de Vic-Universitat Central de Catalunya. Main professor at Physiotherapy bachelor’s degree at the Faculty of Health Sciences at UManresa. Associate professor at the Department of Psychobiology and Health Science Methodology of Psychology bachelor’s degree at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB). Main researcher of DESKcohort project. He has developed his research in areas of drug addiction and social inequalities in health.

ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8625-4356

Research Gate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Albert_Espelt

Ester Colillas Malet  – UVic-UCC Researcher

PhD from Universitat de Girona. Master of Science in Public Health. Bachelor’s degree in Nursing. Main professor at the Faculty of Health Sciences in UManresa in the fields of public health and community health. Coordinator of the Nursing degree in UManresa. Responsible for the project Healthy and Sustainable University in UManresa. Researcher at UVic-UCC Epidemiology and Public Health UVIC-UCC/UOC Inter-university Research Group (GRESP) and member of the Epidemiology and Methodology of Social and Health Sciences Department in the Faculty of Health Sciences at Universitat de Vic-Universitat Central de Catalunya. She has developed her research in areas of nutrition and gender inequalities and mental health.

ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9588-2576

Research Gate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Ester_Colillas_Malet

Ester Teixidó-Compañó – UVic-UCC Researcher

PhD in Biomedicine. Master of Science in Public Health and Master in Psychosocial Intervention. Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. Main professor at the Faculty of Health Sciences in Universitat de Vic-Universitat Central de Catalunya (UVic-UCC) in the fields of public health and community health and associate professor at the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC). Researcher in UVic-UCC Epidemiology and Public Health UVIC-UCC/UOC Inter-university Research Group (GRESP) and member of the Epidemiology and Methodology of Social and Health Sciences Department of this university. She has collaborated on drug addiction research projects.

ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-0565-7023

Research Gate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Ester_Teixido-Compano

Marina Bosque Prous – UOC Researcher

PhD in Biomedicine (UPF), Master of Science in Public Health (UPF-UAB), bachelor’s degree in Biology (UB) and bachelor’s degree in Human Nutrition (UB) and Dietetics (UB). Main professor of Health Sciences Studies at Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC) and associate professor at the Faculty of Health Sciences in UManresa (UVic-UCC). Member of the Epidemiology and Public Health UVIC-UCC/UOC Inter-university Research Group (GRESP). She is currently the coordinator of the alcohol working group of the Spanish Society of Epidemiology (SEE). She has collaborated on several research projects in the field of drug addiction.

ORCID: http://orcid.org/0000-0002-8830-8880

Research Gate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Marina_Bosque-Prous

Catrina Clotas Bote – Collaborator of the Public Health Agency of Barcelona

Master in Public Health (UPF-UAB) and degree in Sociology (UB). Senior Technician of the Service of Attention and Prevention of Drug Dependency of the Public Health Agency of Barcelona (ASPB). Collaborating professor in the Master of Public Health of the UPF-UAB with the subjects of Health Promotion and Mental Health and Addictions.

Ariadna Angulo Brunet – UAB Researcher

PhD in Health and Sport Psychology from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Training in methodology (Master in Methodology in Health and Behavioral Sciences (UNED, UAM and UCM)). Consultant at the Subdirección General de Drogodependencias de l’Agència de Salut Pública de Catalunya and lecturer at the Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences of the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya and associate professor of the Department of Psychobiology and Methodology of Health Sciences of the degree in Psychology at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB). She is also a methodological consultant in other fields such as media psychology and other related fields unrelated to psychology.

ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-0583-1618

Research Gate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Ariadna_Angulo-Brunet

Montse Bartroli – Researcher at the Public Health Agency of Barcelona

Degree in Psychology from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) (2002). Postgraduate in Emotional Education by the Universitat de Barcelona (UB) (2005). Master in Clinical Psychology and Behavioral Medicine by the UAB (2007). Master in Public Health by the Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF) and the UAB (2011). PhD candidate in Biomedicine at UPF.
She has been working at the Agència de Salut Pública de Barcelona since 2009. She is currently the head of the Drug Dependency Prevention and Care Service.
She is an associate professor at UPF, and of the subject of Prevention and Health Promotion of the Master of Public Health at UPF and UAB since 2013 and currently coordinates the subject. Also professor of the subject of Health Promotion of the Postgraduate in Public Health at UPF since 2014 and currently coordinates the subject. She has been professor of the subject of Community Physiotherapy at the University of Manresa. She is tutor of the Psychology Degree at the UOC since 2011.

In her professional career at the Agència de Salut Pública de Barcelona she has been responsible for preventive community programs and health promotion. In recent years she has participated in several applied research studies, mainly in the field of prevention and drug dependence. She has published several articles in national and international journals.

ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-4553-9961

Violence Group

Carlota Riera Claret – UVic-UCC Researcher

PhD in Social Psychology at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB). Master of Science in Education and ICT, e-learning at Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC). Corporate Development Director at Universitat de Vic-Universitat Central de Catalunya in Manresa. Management of inter-institutional research group in Teaching Innovation, Simulation and Safety of UVic-UCC patients (GRINDOSSEP). Professor in the field of Public Health, Qualitative Research Methodology, Organizational Development and Talent Development. Organizational development project consultant for the Global Institute for Organizational Development. Accredited consultant at Insight Discovery.

ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3841-0473

Carmen Vives Casas – Researcher at the University of Alicante

University Professor in the area of Preventive Medicine and Public Health at the University of Alicante (since 2018). PhD and Degree in Sociology (2004 and 1998 respectively). Master’s Degree in Public Health from the University Miguel Hernández (2005). Vice-Dean of Research, Postgraduate and Internationalization of the Faculty of Health Sciences of the University of Alicante (2016-2021). Director of the Equality Secretariat of the UA since 2021. President of the Spanish Society of Epidemiology (2016-2018). Member of the CIBER of Epidemiology and Public Health since its creation in 2006. Principal Investigator in Projects funded in public calls of the National R&D&I Plan and European projects. Most of her research activity is focused on the study of social inequalities in health by gender, migration status or ethnicity, and age. It is worth mentioning her dedication to the issue of gender violence from the perspective of public health, consolidated with her participation and leadership in various national and European projects. She has more than a hundred scientific publications of recognized quality with three sexenios of research and one of transfer granted by the National Commission for the Evaluation of Research Activity. In October 2019, she was named Doctor Honoris Causa by the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Umëa (Sweden).

ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6797-5051 

https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Carmen-Vives-Cases 

Cinta Folch – CEEISCAT Researcher

PhD in Public Health and biomedical research methodology from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB). Bachelor’s degree in Pharmacy from the Universitat de Barcelona (UB) and a master’s degree in Public Health. Since 2000 she works at the Center of Epidemiological studies on Sexually Transmitted Infections and AIDS in Catalonia (CEEISCAT). She has coordinated research about behavioural monitoring of HVI and sexually transmitted infections in key populations. In the research field, she has been a member of the research team of different projects financed by the Direcció General de Salut I Protecció al Consumidor (DGDANCO) about the LGBTIQ+ community and other men who have sex with men (EMIS and Sialon projects).  In the academic area, in recent years she has collaborated as an associate professor of the Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine subject at the UAB, and she has collaborated as a teacher in the Specialization course on sexually transmitted infections and AIDS of the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC).

ORCID: http://orcid.org/0000-0001-8400-2668

Research Gate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Cinta-Folch

Jordi Casabona – CEEISCAT Researcher

Master’s in Public Health from Texas University (Houston, TX, 1986) and PhD in Medicine from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB, 1990). Director of the Center of Epidemiological studies on sexually transmitted infections and AIDS in Catalonia (CEEISCAT), dependent on the Health Department and located in Can Ruti’s campus since 1995; associate professor at the Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine subject at the UAB since 1992 and main professor at the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC) since 2014. He worked at the WHO (Gèneve 1989-1990), and he has been co-president of the XIV International AIDS Conference (Barcelona, 2002). He has led multiple international projects, both in Europe and South America through the Fundació Sida I Societat. He has published several books and more than 200 articles in his field of study.

ORCID: http://orcid.org/0000-0003-4816-5536

Gemma Drou Roget – UVic-UCC Researcher

Bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Sciences from Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB). Member of the Epidemiology and Methodology of Social and Health Sciences Department at the Faculty of Health Sciences in Manresa (UVic-UCC) and member of the Epidemiology and Public Health UVIC-UCC/UOC Inter-university Research Group (GRESP).

Helena González Casals – UVic-UCC Researcher

Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB). Member of the Epidemiology and Methodology of Social and Health Sciences Department in the Faculty of Health Sciences at Universitat de Vic-Universitat Central de Catalunya, in Manresa. Member of the Epidemiology and Public Health UVIC-UCC/UOC Inter-university Research Group (GRESP). Associate professor at the Physiotherapy bachelor’s degree at the Health Sciences Faculty in UManresa, in the Community Physiotherapy course. DESKcohort project manager.

ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9605-3080

Research Gate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Helena_Gonzalez_Casals

Albert Espelt Hernández – UVic-UCC Researcher

PhD in Biomedicine, Master of Science in Public Health, bachelor’s degree in applied Statistics, a bachelor’s degree in Psychology, bachelor’s degree in Market Studies and Techniques and bachelor’s degree in Statistics. Director of Epidemiology and Public Health UVIC-UCC/UOC Inter-university Research Group (GRESP) and head of the Epidemiology and Methodology of Social and Health Sciences Department at Universitat de Vic-Universitat Central de Catalunya. Main professor at Physiotherapy bachelor’s degree at the Faculty of Health Sciences at UManresa. Associate professor at the Department of Psychobiology and Health Science Methodology of Psychology bachelor’s degree at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB). Main researcher of DESKcohort project. He has developed his research in areas of drug addiction and social inequalities in health.

ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8625-4356

Research Gate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Albert_Espelt

Speech Therapy Group

Sandra Espino Datsira – UVic-UCC Researcher 

PhD in Educational Psychology from the University of Barcelona (UB), postgraduate in Speech-Language Pathology and University Teaching. Director of Speech Therapy studies at UVic-UCC. Member of the Research and Teaching Innovation, Simulation and Patient Safety Group (GRINDOSSEP), member of the consolidated Research Group Development, Interaction and Communication in Educational Contexts (2017 SGR 1459) and collaborating researcher in the Research Group Communication, Oral Language and Diversity (CLOD). Teacher in the interuniversity Speech Therapy Degree (UVic-UCC/UOC), the Master’s Degree in Learning Difficulties and Language Disorders (UOC), the Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology (UOC) and the Master’s Degree in Orofacial Motricity (UVic-UCC).

ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4976-4039 

Research Gate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Sandra-Espino-Datsira-2 

Mireia Torralba Roselló – UVic-UCC Researcher 

PhD in Language and Literature Didactics from the Autonomous University of Barcelona. Postgraduate in Clinical Simulation and Teaching Innovation for Health Professionals. Official Master’s Degree in Research in Language and Literature Teaching. Postgraduate Diploma in the speciality of Language and Hearing Impairment (Speech Therapy). Member of the Research Group on Teaching Innovation, Simulation and Patient Safety (GRINDOSSEP). Degree in Hispanic Philology. Degana of the Faculty of Health Sciences of the UManresa (UVic-UCC).  Collaborating lecturer at the UAB and at the URL (Blanquerna). Member of the consolidated research group GREAL-PLURAL (2014 SGR 813). Research Group, Language Teaching and Learning and Plurilingualism and Language Teaching (UAB-UB). He has organised and implemented teaching innovation projects such as the implementation of the Diploma in Speech Therapy Semipresencial and the implementation of the Interuniversity Degree in Speech Therapy UVic-UCC/UOC. He has worked as a speech therapist in the public and private sector.

ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0022-8390 

Ariadna Caberol Sallés – UVic-UCC Researcher

Graduate in Speech Therapy from the Fundació Universitària del Bages (UAB). Master in Neuropsychology and Education from the International University of La Rioja and Master in Neurologopedia by the School of Speech Pathology (UAB). Teacher of the interuniversity degree in Speech Therapy and coordinator of internships for the same degree (UVic-UCC/UOC). She has collaborated in the teaching of the Master’s Degree in Learning Difficulties and Language Disorders (UOC). She works as a speech therapist in a private team specialised in assessment and intervention in autism spectrum learning disorders.

ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-6018-9958 

Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Group

Carles Munné Rodríguez – UVic-UCC Researcher

Diploma in Physiotherapy, Master’s Degree in Occupational Risk Prevention (UOC), Master’s Degree in Primary Care Research (UMH) and PhD at UVic-UCC. He is Coordinator of the University Master in Physiotherapy of the Musculoskeletal System at the University of Manresa and Professor of physiotherapy studies in the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Manresa (UVic-UCC). He is also Associate Professor at the Faculty of Medicine of the UdG and the Master’s Degree in Physiotherapy of Sport and Physical Activity Readaptation of the Gimbernat University Schools (Sant Cugat and Torrelavega).

ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1900-942X

Research Gate:https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Carles-Munne-Rodriguez

Olga Borao Soler – UVIC-UCC Researcher

PhD in Physical Activity and Sport Sciences, Master in Sustainable Sport and Wellness, Diploma in Physiotherapy. Coordinator of the external practices of physiotherapy studies at the University of Vic-Central University of Catalonia (UVic-UCC), campus University of Manresa. Professor of the Faculty of Health Sciences of the University of Vic-Central University of Catalonia (UVic-UCC), campus University of Manresa in the areas of therapeutic exercise. Member of the Research and Innovation Group in Podiatry, Biomechanics, Physiotherapy and Therapeutic Exercise (GRIBiPoFET).

ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-2402-3501

Research Gate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Olga-Borao

Mireia Campoy Vila – UVIC-UCC Researcher

Graduate in Physiotherapy from the Fundació Universitària del Bages (FUB), Master in Physiotherapy of the Neuromusculoskeletal System (UVic-UCC) and doctoral candidate in Integrated Cures and Health Services (UVic-UCC). Professor of Physiotherapy Degree and coordinator of the Physiotherapy Weekly Program at the University of Manresa (UVic-UCC). Physiotherapist in private practice. She develops her research in persistent low back pain.

ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-7937-4424

Advisors

Anna Torruella i Sanllehy – Researcher of the Department of Education

Professor of Geography and History of the Education Department. Coordinator of the Educational Services at the Serveis Territorials d’Educació de la Catalunya Central.

She coordinates the educational services specifically located in the ST zone (CREDA, EAP, CRP, ELIC) and the technicians of the educational services that take care of the digital culture, inclusion and long-term training, innovation and transformative education, training directed to teaching staff, multilingualism and foreign languages. She participates in innovative programmes about transformative education, training of executive positions and gender violence prevention programmes. She has been the head of the coordination and planification educational area of the Serveis Territorials d’Educació a la Catalunya Central. She has been the school principal in several high schools around the Central Catalonia for a long period of time.

Carles Muntaner – Researcher at the University of Toronto

PhD. in Medicine from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB), bachelor’s degree in Medicine in Universitat de Barcelona (UB) and Master of Science. Main professor in Public Health, Nursery and Psychiatry at the University of Toronto (UoT). Researcher in the field of social inequalities in health. Creator of a research program on employment relation and conditions/precarious employment models, constructs, and indicators, with applications in social/occupational epidemiology, public health, nursing, and health policy. He has been co-president of the Employment Conditions Network from the World Health Organization (WHO).

ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-3535-467X