Research Groups

Psychological Research in Fibromyalgia and Chronic Pain (Grupo AGORA)

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    Juan Vicente Luciano - Group leader

    Predoctoral phase (February 2003–March 2007). I carried out my PhD at the Faculty of Psychology, University of Valencia (Spain) under the supervision of professors Salvador Algarabel González and Amparo Belloch Fuster, and thanks to a four-year predoctoral scholarship (Beca FPU) awarded by the Spanish Ministry of Education and Science. The thesis titled "Control of intrusive thoughts and memories: the role of individual differences and suppression strategies" was a compendium of four papers published in international journals and were focused on different aspects of thought control addressed from an experimental and clinical point of view. The thesis received a cum laude qualification.

    Postdoctoral phase (April 2007–to date). In 2007, I joined the Group of Health Technologies and Outcomes in Primary Care and Mental Health (Parc Sanitari Sant Joan de Déu, Barcelona, Spain) coordinated by Dr. Antoni Serrano Blanco, and thanks to a postdoctoral contract funded by the Primary Care Prevention and Health Promotion Research Network (RedIAPP, ISCIII). As postdoctoral researcher, I have published more than 45 papers mostly in international journals and thanks to the collaboration with other research groups from the RedIAPP. I have officially participated in four research projects funded by public agencies, two of them focused on fibromyalgia syndrome and two of them on major depression. I have presented more than 20 works in different national and international scientific events, I have won two research awards (III Premio Internacional de Investigación de Psicología en Fibromialgia, Celeste" awarded by the Asociación Vasca de Divulgación de la Fibromialgia and the IV award for innovation in primary care awarded by the Catalan Society of Family and Community Medicine), and I have made two stays in internationally recognized centres (the Aragon Institute of Health Sciences and the Personal Social Services Research Unit at the London School of Economics). I am senior researcher thanks to Miguel Servet contract awarded by the Instituto de Salud Carlos III since January 2015.

    Current research lines:

    • Effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of pharmacological and non-pharmacological treatments for fibromyalgia syndrome and major depression.
    • Psychometric analysis of patient-reported outcome measures (PROMs).
    • Prevention and treatment of common mental disorders among primary health care users.


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    Albert Feliu Soler - Postdoc - associate researcher

  • Eugenia Cardeñosa Valera - Researcher

  • Antoni Rozadilla Sacanell - Researcher

  • Laura Andrés Rodríguez - PhD Student

  • Adrián Pérez Aranda - PhD Student

  • Jaume Aguado Carnet - Research collaborator

  • Antonio Cuesta-Vargas - Researcher

  • Francesco D'Amico - Collaborator researcher

  • Rita Fernández

    Rita Fernández Vergel - Collaborator Researcher

    Dr Rita Fernandez obtained a medicine degree in 1996 by the University of Barcelona and the Family Physician specialty in 2000 at Hospital Viladecans and Primary Health Centre Viladecans 2.

    Nowadays, she works as the teaching coordinator on Primary Health Centre Gava 2 – Bartomeu Fabrés Anglada, where she also develops an active clinician activity as a family doctor.

    She is actively involved in mental health research in primary care setting as member of two research groups; one of them, the GRAPISAM group which is accredited by the Research Institute of Primary Care IDIAP Jordi Gol and the other one, the PRISMA-CAT group which is recognized by the Catalan Government and included in the Spanish Research Network in Activities Preventives and promotions health (redIAPP).

    Her interests as an early stage researcher are focused on finding preventive activities and health promotion in primary care setting.

  • Raffaele Tuccillo - Collaborator researcher