Universitat Rovira i Virgili

External Members

Apud Peláez, Ismael Eduardo M.Sc. Ph.D

Ismael holds a Ph.D. in Anthropology and Communication from Rovira i Virgili University, a Master in Scientific Research Methodology from the National University of Lanús (Argentina) and Bachelor of Psychology and Bachelor of Anthropological Sciences, both from the University of the Republic (Uruguay). He is a researcher in the National System of Researchers of the National Agency for Research and Innovation (Uruguay). He is currently a professor at the Faculty of Psychology of the University of the Republic, where he performs teaching and research tasks. In teaching he teaches courses on research methodology (including ethnographic method), as well as interdisciplinary subjects in psychological anthropology, medical anthropology, among others. In research he carries out activities in two lines of research. The first as co-director of Arché, a group of interdisciplinary studies on psychedelics (https://arche.ei.udelar.edu.uy/); the second under the Mixed Ethnographies and Psychometry research project, where Buddhism is studied in Uruguay.




Béhague, Dominique P.

Dominique P. Béhagueis is a social anthropologist and critical health scholar. She is Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies at the Department of Medicine, Health and Society at Vanderbilt University and Reader at the Department of Global Health & Social Medicine at King's College London. She holds a BA and MA in Anthropology from Bryn Mawr College, a PhD in Social Anthropology from McGill University, and an MSc in Epidemiology from The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Her research in southern Brazil explores the intersection of psychiatric reform, social movements, and the emergence of "adolescence" as an object of psycho-developmental expertise and life-cycle epidemiology. She co-designed the longitudinal ethnographic sub-study the 1982 Pelotas Birth Cohort run by Federal University of Pelotas, one of a handful of interdisciplinary cohort studies taking place in a country in the so-called Global South. She has also researched the politics of evidence-based efficacy models in global health decision-makingHer research has been funded by the US National Science Foundation, the Fulbright Foundation, WHO, PAHO, the UK Economic and Social Research Council, and the Wellcome Trust. She has published in a range of anthropology and social science journals and has edited or co-edited three special issues in Culture, Medicine and Psychiatry (2008), Social Science and Medicine(2015), and Medical Anthropology Quarterly (2020).



Bernal, Mariola Solano, M.A., Ph.D

Mariola holds a PhD in Medical Anthropology from Universitat Rovira i Virgili, and a Postgraudate Degree in Sociology and Psychology, from the Universitat de Barcelona, a Masters in Transcultural Spirituality (Universitat Ramon Llull), and Diploma of Chinese Language and Culture (Nanjing and Kunming University). She has developed her teaching and research career mainly in the field of mental health and migration, and in social inequalities in health. Mariola has been an associate professor in the Faculty of Sociology of the University of Barcelona, a collaborator in the Faculty of Psychology, at the same university, as well as in the Departament d'Antropologia, Filosofia y Treball Social of the Universitat Rovira i Virgili. She has worked in the group of social determinants of health of the CIBER of Epidemiology and Public Health from the Andalusian School of Public Health. Among her interests focus on deepening the study of spiritual health as a determinant of health, and she also gives lectures and courses on the promotion of spiritual health.



Bouso, José Carlos PhD

  José Carlos is a Clinical Psychologist and doctor in Pharmacology. He has developed his scientific activity at the Autonomous University of Madrid, at the IIB-Sant Pau Biomedical Research Institute in Barcelona and at the Hospital del Mar Medical Research Institute of Barcelona (IMIM). During this time, he developed studies on the therapeutic effects of MDMA ("ecstasy") and psychopharmacological studies on the acute and long-term neuropsychiatric effects of many substances, both of synthetic and plant origin. Since 2012 he is the Scientific Director of the ICEERS Foundation where he directs and supervises studies on the potential benefits of psychoactive plants, mainly cannabis, ayahuasca and ibogaine, with the aim of improving public health. He is the co-author of numerous scientific articles and of several books and book chapters. His current lines of research include Global Mental Health and the role that psychoactive plants of traditional use play in it.



Carceller, Natàlia, M.Sc.; Ph.D.

Natàlia holds a Doctorate in Medical, Social, and Cultural Anthropology with International Mention (2017), a Master's Medical Anthropology and International Health (2011) and a Degree in Social and Cultural Anthropology from the URV (2009). She received her Psychology degree form the University Jaume I with a specialization in Drug Addiction and Systemic Family Therapy (2007). Natàlia is a Consultant Professor in Graduate Collective Mental Health at the UOC. Since 2010 she has worked as a researcher and technical research coordinator in numeros research projects. Her lines of work are: adolescents, youth, mental health, emotional discomforts, gender, drugs, participatory action research.



Cardona Rodas, Hildermnan, Ph.D.

Hildreman holds a Doctorate in Anthropology from the Rovira i Virgili University of Tarragona (Spain). He obtained his Masters in History from the National University of Colombia, Medellín.  Currently he works as a full-time professor and researcher at the University of Medellín, where he is a member of the Education, Society and Peace research group and editor of the Social Sciences and Education magazine. Hildreman is the conductor of the radio program Conversions Convergentes (http://www.frecuenciau.com/conversaciones-convergentes/). He has been a professor at Eafit University, Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana, Universidad de Antioquia and Universidad Nacional de Colombia. He has been a visiting professor at the Federal University of Latin American Integration (Foz do Iguacu-Brazil), University of Buenos Aires (Argentina), Autonomous University of the State of Mexico (Toluca-Mexico) and Universidat Rovira i Virgili (Tarragona-Spain). Author of books Naked experiences of order. Deformed and monstrous bodies; Historian's office. Approaches and practices; On the other side of the body. Biopolitical studies in Latin America (co-authored with Dr. Zandra Pedraza); and historian's office. Approaches and practices; Body narratives of violence and aesthetics of pain and Peace and corporality. Aesthetic acvenings of the art of asking.



Cifuentes, Angela


Doctoral student in the Anthropology and Communication Program at the Rovira i Virgili University in -joint-supervision with the Doctoral Program in Social Sciences at the University of Chile. She has a Master Degree in Adult Clinical Psychology with a specialisation in psychoanalysis at the University of Chile. Ángela is an associate researcher at the Transdisciplinary Laboratory on Social Practices and Subjectivity (LaPSoS) at the University of Chile, member of the Research Unit on Psychoanalysis and Gender of the "Clinic and Culture" Programme and of the Interdisciplinary Nucleus of Studies in University Mental Health at the University of Chile. Her lines of research are linked to the socio-cultural and political dimensions of mental health, social malaise and contemporary subjectivities, articulating psychoanalysis, anthropology, critical theories of affects and feminist epistemologies. She is currently conducting her doctoral research on affects regimes in the neoliberal university based on the experiences of anxiety among university students in Chile.




Egbe Egbe, Manfred M.Sc. M.A. Ph.D.

PhD. Anthropology (2016, Universitat Rovira i Virgili - Spain), Master. Medical Anthropology & International Health (2013, Universitat Rovira i Virgili - Spain), M.Sc. Public Health (2011, Vilnius University, Lithuania), Master, Anthropology (2008, Université de Yaoundé I - Cameroon), B.Sc. Sociology & Anthropology (2003, University of Buea - Cameroon). Dr. Egbe completed his postdoctoral research at the Food Action Research Centre in Mount Saint Vincent University researching on cultural food security for newcomers to Nova Scotia. Currently, he works for the Nova Scotian provincial Government, precisely with the Department of Community Services as Director of Data Analytics and Insights. He is a member of the Canadian Anthropology Society, and the Canadian Association for Food Studies. He continues to be engaged in a variety of research including research on cultural food security, food security, food sovereignty, the social determinants of health and health care systems analysis.


Evangelidou, Stella, MA MSc PhD 

PhD in cross-cultural psychiatry (UAB/Harvard University) and clinical/health psychologist (COPC 22576). She is a specialist in global mental health and an expert in community mental health for migrants and people with human rights violations. She has a long track record in international public health projects (MENA MH, AcToVax4NAM, MyHealth, WHOQOL) as a researcher, and in humanitarian mental health/psychosocial projects (MSF, ICRC) as a consultant. Her clinical work focuses on somatization, anxiety and depression through clinical applications of art therapy. She researches intervention models in community mental health, social inequalities and determinants of mental health in migrant populations, and female genital mutilation. She specialises in qualitative design methodologies and participatory processes. She teaches "global mental health" and "violence against women" in the Master in Global Health (ISGlobal/UB) where she coordinates the seminar "GMH Series - MHPSS in humanitarian settings: Case studies", and in the Master in Health and International Cooperation (UAB) she coordinates the module "Medical Anthropology". She is currently a global mental health focal point in the Migration and Health Group at ISGlobal, and a consultant in community mental health for WHO/PAHO.




Fernández-Garrido, Sam M.Sc. Ph.D

Sam is a researcher and trainer in sexual and gender diversity and Transfeminist activist with a degree in Biology, she specialized in Feminist Studies and Medical Anthropology. Currently, she is investigating the role of gender and emotions in clinical practice with intersex people. She has recently coordinated the Participatory Diagnosis of Problems Presented by LGTBQI people in Sexual and Reproductive Health in the Municipality of Madrid (Madrid City Council, 2017). Together with Elisa Alegre-Agís, she is co-editor of two books on Autoethnographies MARC Collection of Medical Anthropology (in press). Among Sam´s articles are: "The autoethnographic mirror"; "Body records and construction of knowledge in a study on intersexual clinic (Publicacions URV, 2018), 'Trans genealogies (feminists)' along with Aitzole Araneta in Transfeminisms. Epistemes, frictions and flows; (Txaleparta, 2012) or 'Health rights from the recognition of diversity. Alternatives to the violence of the pathologization of trans identities in & nbsp; The disordered gender & nbsp; (Egales, 2010).



Franco, Lourdes, Ph.D.

Lourdes received her Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Lleida (UdL) and her Master's degree in Health and Medical Anthropology (MIAMSg). Since 2010, she has been part of the GIPE / PTP of the Wassu-UAB Foundation, working on Female Genital Mutilation. Lourdes also is guest lecturer in the subject of Human Ecology of the Faculty of Medicine at the UdL.




Goldberg, Alejandro, M.Sc.; Ph.D.

Alejandro is a Social Anthropologist of the University of Buenos Aires. He has a Master in Medical Anthropology, and a PhD in Social and Cultural Anthropology specializing in Medical Anthropology and International Health, from the University of Rovira and Virgili. The nature of the work he performed has been Social, Cultural and Medical Anthropology, International Migrations and Refugees, from a trasnational perspective. He conducted ethnographic researches in many countries and contexts (Cuba, Spain, Italy, Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Portugal), developing an outstanding scientific production on the subject of international migrations and health. He has lectured at graduate and post-graduate levels in severaluniversities of Europe and Latin America. He has published extensively on these subjects and dissertated on papers in congresses. Currently, he is an Independent Researcher at the Anthropological Sciences Institute (CONICET-UBA).



Holmes, Seth Dr.

 Seth M. Holmes is a cultural and medical anthropologist and physician whose work focuses broadly on social hierarchies, health inequalities, and the ways in which such asymmetries are naturalized, normalised, and resisted in contexts of transnational im/migration, agro-food systems, and health care. Holmes is Chancellor's Professor at the University of California Berkeley in Society and Environment, Medical Anthropology, and Public Health. He is Co-Director (with Ian Whitmarsh) of the MD/Ph.D. Track in Medical Anthropology coordinated between UCSF and UC Berkeley and Co-Chair (with Charles Briggs) of the Berkeley Center for Social Medicine. He has received national and international awards from the fields of anthropology, sociology, geography, and documentary film, including the New Millennium Book Award, the Margaret Mead Award, and the Textor Prize. In addition to scholarly publications, he has written for popular media such as The Guardian, The Huffington Post, and Salon.com and has spoken on multiple NPR, PRI, Pacifica Radio, and Radio Bilingüe radio programs. 



Jacques Aviñó, Constanza M.A, Ph.D.

Constanza received her doctorate in Anthropology from the Rovira i Virgili University and graduated in psychology from the Central University (Chile), master's degree in "Ethnographic Research, Anthropological Theory and Intercultural Relations" from the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB) and master's degree in "Public Health" from the Pompeu Fabra University (UPF). She is a teaching collaborator at the Open University of Catalonia, UAB and UPF. She is a member of the working group on social determinants of health of the Spanish Epidemiology Society (SEE), in the immigration initiative. Currently, she is a researcher at the University Institute for Research in Primary Care (IDIAPJGol). Her lines of work are sexual and reproductive health, migration, gender and participation. She currently leads a project on social impact in Latin America and co-leads the project on social impact in Spain.



Kohek, Maja Ph.D.

 Maja Kohek holds a Ph.D. in Medical Anthropology and Global Health from Universitat Rovira i Virgili (Tarragona, Spain), and a Master's degree in Cultural Studies and Anthropology from the University of Primorska (Koper, Slovenia). She is a researcher at the International Center for Ethnobotanical Education, Research and Service (ICEERS) where she conducts qualitative studies involving the contemporary use of hallucinogens. Her focus is on the ritual use of psychoactive plants (such as cannabis and ayahuasca) in the context of Global Mental Health, medical pluralism, and drug policy. Currently, she is conducting studies on the impacts of long-term participation in ayahuasca ceremonies on public health in several European countries.

https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9484-0937 https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Maja-Kohek  https://www.linkedin.com/in/majakohek/?originalSubdomain=nl  https://urv.academia.edu/MajaKohek


Llort, Antoniu, M.Sc., Ph.D

Antoni Llort Suárez is an Anthropologist and Social Worker. He recevied his Masters in Medical Anthropology and Doctorate in Anthropology from the Rovira i Virgili University (2016). He is specialized in ethnographic research, qualitative research linked to participatory processes, advocacy strategies, peer support and production of documentaries related to the use of psychoactive substances. Since 2008 he has been coordinator of collective health projects and reduction of damages and risks to the Addiction and Mental Health Service of the Hospital Sant Joan de Reus. He is also part of the research and social intervention team at Episteme and is linked to different activist movements at the local and international level.



Martínez Oró, David Pere, M.Sc.; Ph.D.

David Pere holds a Ph.D. in Social Psychology, Master’s in Social Sciences Research, and BA in Psychology from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. He also received a Postgraduate degree in qualitative research (U. Amsterdam). Davis is an expert in methodologies of investigation of complex social phenomena, a coordinator of the "Unit of Drug Policies" of the Autonomous University of Barcelona head of research in «Episteme. Research and Social intervention », and assistant lecturer at the Open University of Catalonia. He participates as an expert for different companies that provide consulting services in the European Union, and serves as a member of the Catalan Institute of Anthropology and the European Society for Social Drug Research.



Martínez Villarroya, Javier Ph.D.

Javier is a tenured professor of the Academic Department of Languages ​​of the Autonomous Technological Institute of Mexico (ITAM), and PhD in Philosophy from the University of Barcelona. He is graduated both in Philosophy and History in the University of Barcelona. He did postgraduate studies at Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (Mesoamerican Studies). Throughout his career, he has won different scholarships, which have led him to teach courses and carry out research stays in a variety of universities, such as the National School of Anthropology and History (Mexico), the University of Hong Kong (China SAR), the City University of Hong Kong, the Technologiko Ekpaideutiko Idrima (Athens, Greece; today the University of West Attica) and the Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona). He has been a member of the National System of Researchers of Mexico in the area of ​​Philosophical Anthropology. His main areas of interest are imagery studies, writing and shamanism.



Muñoz, Araceli, Ph.D.

She holds a Ph.D. in Social Anthropology from the Universitat Rovira i Virgili and BA in Sociology from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona and in Geography and History from the Universitat de Barcelona. She teaches at the School of Social Work of the Universitat de Barcelona. She is a researcher at Food Observatory - ODELA and at the Food in Vulnerable Contexts research team of the School of Social Work of the Universitat de Barcelona. Her research focuses mainly on three lines: food and vulnerable contexts; health, risk and food; and health and childhood. Currently, she participates in the following research projects: "Rethinking food from a global and not a need reductionist perspective"; "Eating matters: environmental risks and food uncertainties in older people"; "Unaccompanied migrant minors in Spain. The current situation, care circuit and model of social and educational intervention for inclusion"; "Qualitative research of the 'Housing First' program"; and "Perception of risk of contamination by PTS through food in pregnant and breastfeeding women: MUMFOOD study".



Offenhenden, María, M.Sc.; Ph.D.

Maria has her Ph.D. from the Rovira i Virgili University; a degree in Anthropology with a socio-cultural orientation,  from the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina (2007), and a Master's in Migrations and Social Mediation from the Rovira Virgili University (2012). Between 2005 and 2010, Maria worked on numerous social intervention projects aimed at the migrant population residing in Italy. Her areas of interest are the Anthropology of migrations, gender, and health.



Oña Esteve, Genís, M.Sc.

Genís is a PhD candidate in Health, Psychology and Psychiatry (URV), he holds a Master's Degree in Pharmacology (Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona, 2018), another one in Central Nervous System sciences (URV, 2017) and a Degree in Psychology (URV, 2016). He has collaborated with several clinical trials conducted at the Institute of Biomedical Research and the Drug Research Center in the Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau, Barcelona. His research focuses on the therapeutic potential of psychoactive substances, as well as the relationship between its consumption and global health. Currently, he is developing research activities at ICEERS Foundation.



Paz Reverol, Carmen Laura, M.Sc., Ph.D.

Carmen has her Ph.D. in Anthropology from the Rovira y Virgili University, a Master in Medical Anthropology and International Health (URV), a Master’s in Anthropology and History of Venezuela; Bachelor of Education (LUZ). She is a Professor of Exclusive Dedication at the University of Zulia (LUZ),  Coordinator of the Master's Program in Anthropology of the Division of Graduate Studies of the Experimental Faculty of Sciences of the University of Zulia, Principal Delegate to CONDES by the FEC, and Coordinator of the Research Line: Social meanings and care of diseases.



Pié Balaguer, Asun 

Asun Pié Balaguer has a Ph.D. in Pedagogy from the University of Barcelona and a Diploma in Social Education from the Ramon Llull University. She is a professor/researcher in the Department of Psychology and Educational Sciences at the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC). She is a member of the CareNet Research Group. Care and Preparedness in the Network Society (IN3-UOC). Her research background focuses on Feminist Disability Studies. She has been a visiting professor at the University of Antioquia (Colombia), the Autonomous University of Mexico, the National Pedagogical University-Hidalgo (Pachuca, Mexico), Austral University of Chile, among others. She has co-directed the Collaborative Medication Management: a mental health research and participatory action project, 2017-2020) financed by the RecerCaixa program (RecerCaixa LCF/PR/RC16/10.100.012) She has been a researcher for the Serious Mental Disorder Metaphors Project. Analysis of the discourse of affected people and mental health professionals (2018-2021) (Spanish National R&D Plan: FFI2017-86969-R).

https://suplementia.academia.edu/Asunci%C3%B3nPi%C3%A9Balaguer https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Asun-Pie-Balaguer



Roig, Aura 

Aura Roig Forteza is a social and cultural anthropologist and has a Master's Degree in Criminology and Sociology of the Penal System. Currently, she is working on her Ph.D. in Medical anthropology. She is the Founding Director of Metzineres, the first non-governmental cooperative dedicated to developing Sheltered Environments for women and diverse gender people who use drugs, survive violence, and multiple situations of vulnerability. She is also an international advisor on drug policy, harm reduction, human rights, and gender mainstream, combining research with the design, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of drug policies, programs, and services. She has been working in Spain, the USA, Canada, Colombia, Costa Rica, and around Europe.

https://www.linkedin.com/in/aura-roig-forteza/ https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Aura-Roig https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6340-5158



Salas Soneira, Miguel

Miguel has a PhD in Educational Sciences from the University of Barcelona (UB), a social educator from the University of Santiago de Compostela (USC) and a degree in Advertising and Public Relations from the University of Vigo (UVIGO). He is currently a collaborating professor in the Studies of Psychology and Educational Sciences at the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC). His research career focuses on educational action linked to the social management of suffering. His teaching task is carried out in the Social Education degree (UOC).

https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6340-5158  https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Aura-Roig  https://suplementia.academia.edu/Asunci%C3%B3nPi%C3%A9Balaguer



Serrano, Mercedes, M.Sc.

Mercedes Serrano Miguel (Zaragoza 1976) holds a doctorate in Anthropology from Rovira i Virgili University. She has a degree in Social Work from the University of Zaragoza and a degree in Social and Cultural Anthropology from the University of Barcelona. She has a master's degree in Psychiatric Social Assistants from the University of Zaragoza and a Master's degree in Medical Anthropology from the Rovira i Virgili University. She has worked as a social worker in different care and rehabilitation services of the Xarxa Publica de Salut Mental de Catalunya. She is currently a lecturer in the Degree in Social Work at the University of Barcelona. As a researcher, she has made different stays in Brazil, receiving a scholarship from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS). She has also collaborated with the "Mental health, alcohol and other drugs" team of the State Secretariat for RS Health, working on the project "Guia de Gestão Autônoma da Medicação" (GAM Guide).