Psychology, Health & ICT



Manuel Armayones Ruiz

Position. Chief of the Behavioural Design Lab at UOC eHealth Center. Associate Professor at the Faculty of Psychology and Education Sciences, UOC.

Interests. Persuasive design in eHealth; Psychology and eHealth; Health Literacy; Psychology 2.0; Intervention; Health promotion through IT.

Bio. My research interests focus on strategies of persuasion through technology and general design aimed at improving the health of citizens. It also works in the field of digital literacy, and in the adherence to treatment based on the analysis of psychological factors related to the participation and commitment of patients and citizens in ICT interventions for health. Currently it is working with different theoretical and conceptual models based on psychological theories and previous experience in persuasive design in health, in order to recommend researchers, organizations and strategic companies to increase the adherence of patients and citizens in ICT interventions for the promotion of health; and to assess the “level of persuasion” of an online intervention for the promotion of health.

Mercè Boixadós Anglès

Position. Associate Professor at Faculty of Psychology and Education Sciences, UOC. Academic manager Office of the Vice president.

Interests. On-line psychological interventions; Methodology applied.

Bio. I am Doctor in Psychology for the Autonomous University of Barcelona (1997). Since 1991 until 2002 I have been teacher of the assignatures Analysis of Data, Statistical and Methods Research of the Department of Psicobiologia and Methodology in Sciences of the Health at the Faculty of Psychology for the Autonomous University of Barcelona, as well as collaborator in several researches for the Group Studies of Psychology of Sport (GEPE) in the same university. Since 2002 I am teacher of the Studies of Psychology and Sciences of Education at the UOC and member of the group of research PSiNET.

Beni Gómez-Zúñiga

Position. Associate Professor at Faculty of Psychology and Education Sciences, UOC, where I coordinate courses in Basic Psychology and Clinical and Health Psychology.

Interests. Psychology and eHealth; Health promotion; Technology and the elderly; Cognition and ICT.

Bio. I have a degree in Philosophy and Education (1990) and a degree in Psychology (1991) from the University of Barcelona. I did pre-doctoral studies abroad at Yale University (1991-1993). From 1993 to 2005, I developed research and teaching activities related to the area of Basic Psychology at the University of Barcelona, in the same department where I received my doctorate in 2001. I later worked as part of the team for Psychology and Education Studies at the UOC (2005), where I now coordinate psychology courses and do research in the PSiNET group.

Eulàlia Hernández i Encuentra

Position. Researcher and Coordinator of PSiNET. Associate Professor at Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences, UOC. 

Interests. Psychology and eHealth; eHealth Literacy; Online Psychological Interventions; Health promotion; Psychology 2.0; Empowerment; Child and Adolescent Mental Health; Technology and the elderly; Evaluation and treatment of pain.

Bio. I am a Psychologist and Doctor of Psychology from the Autonomous University of Barcelona, where I started my academic studies. In addition to my work in clinical and educational practice, I have been a researcher and Professor of Developmental Psychology and Education in the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB, 1991-2010), The University Ramon Llull (URL, 1997-2003) and the Open University of Catalonia (UOC, 1995- present). I have been a researcher for the PSiNET group since 2003.

Modesta Pousada Fernández

Position. Associate Professor at Faculty of Psychology and Education Sciences at UOC. Dean of the Psychology degree.

Interests. Psychology and eHealth; Health promotion; Psychology 2.0; Technology and the elderly; Cognition and ICT.

Bio. I received my psychology degree from the University of Barcelona, and upon finishing my degree, I started working in the Department of Basic Psychology, where I read my doctoral thesis in 1996 and developed the first ten years of my academic career. In 2001, I joined the Open University of Catalonia, and shortly after, the PSiNET Group, where I have been conducting my most recent research.

Rocío Pina Ríos

Position. Professor at Faculty of Psychology and Education Sciences at UOC

Interests. My research interests are focused on psychological aspects and cognitive processes in the use of ICT, as well as forensic psychology.

Bio. I am a Psychologist and PhD in Psychology from the Autonomous University of Barcelona, and I have a postgraduate degree in Court Psychology and Forensic Psychological Assessment (UAB, 2010). In addition to my work with different foundations, I am a professor of Basic Psychology (UAB, 2006-present) and a professor of the Psychological and Education Studies (UOC, 2017-present) where I have also been a researcher for the PSiNET group in 2018.

Inma Grau

Position. Head of the mHealth Clinic Observatory project at the Hospital Clinic in Barcelona

Interests. mHealth, digital health, ePacients

Bio. Dr. Grau is responsible for the project of the Observatori mHealth Clínic, and is a member of the Patient Information and Therapeutic Education Working Group (GTIET) and of the projects related to the strategic plan and therapeutic education of patients, families and caregivers of this hospital. In 2006 he created and promoted the Forum Clinic an interactive platform for patients aimed at increasing their autonomy in health through the use of ICT, which was a pioneer in its field.
Creator and director of the Fundación iSYS, a non-profit society that works to establish new practices in digital health and that promotes the “Top20 Awards” according to iSYScore, a list of the best apps in health, and the digital platform for breast cancer patients, Xemio.
Doctor in the Information and Knowledge Society from the UOC, she was  selected by HIMMS Europe (Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society) as one of the 50 leading people in Europe in the field of ICT in health. She collaborates with the IDIBAPS Primary Care Cross-Cutting Research Group and is a member of the Board of the Grupo Ágata Patient Association.


PSiNET Collaborators

Montserrat Martínez García

Position. PSiNET collaborator.

Interests. Psychology and eHealth; Online Psychological Interventions; Health promotion; Child and Adolescent Mental Health.

Bio. I am a licensed psychologist with a degree from the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB, 1999) and a diploma in Speech Therapy, (2002). I am currently a doctoral research fellow at the UAB. Since 2003, I have had a private practice as a child and adolescent psychologist, and since 2006, I have been combining my clinical work with the field of Education at the UOC, where I teach in Child Psychopathology, Child and Adolescent Clinical Psychological Assessment, and the Clinical Psychology Practicum.

Marta Lupón Bas

Position. PhD Researcher.

Interests. Psychology of visual impairment; Online Psychological intervention; Psychology 2.0.; mHealth and Health promotion.

Bio. I have the diploma in Optics and Optometry (Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya – Universitat d’Alacant), the bachelor degree in Psychology (Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia), and a master degree in Psychology, health and Quality of Life (Universitat Oberta de Catalunya). I am professor in the Department of Optics and Optometry at the UPC. At present I’m investigating on how is it raising a child with visual impairment, and in which manner the parents’ quality of life is affected; in addition to determining the quality of life indicators, my interest also focuses on determining how parents make use of social networks and ICT tools in general, to manage and deal with the chronic condition of their children. Currently I’m PhD student in the Doctoral Programme in the Information and Knowledge Society at the UOC.

Alicia García Oliva

Position. PSiNET collaborator and PhD Researcher.

Interests. Communication, persuasion and decision-making process with the finality to make patients and health professionals work together, through the use of patients’; Everyday technology, and the technology health professionals use at their work.

Bio. Degree in Law at University of Barcelona (UB, 1994), MBA at ESADE (1996), Diploma in Telematics, Technology and Networks at Institut Català de Tecnología, (ICT 1998), Master in Research in Social Psychology at Autonomous University de Barcelona, (UAB, 2013), Masters’ Degree in Psychology, Health and Quality of Life at Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, (UOC, 2017) and PhD candidate at the UOC. Since the MBA, I have held several positions of responsibility in the areas of customers & amp; clients, marketing and commercial using technological tools that focus the  ompany on customer processes, such as CRM or e-Commerce. It is some time that, due to health reasons, I am not in the working world. I invest my time in return to society what society brings me. I participate in health research and volunteer in pro-bono consulting for Third Sector entities. Currently, I am in the Board of Directors of the Barcelona Mental Health Association.

Gemma Ruiz Pérez

Position. PhD Researcher.

Interests. Health Promotion; Online Psychological Interventions and ICT; Child-Youth Development and Perinatal Psychology; Resilience; Families; Chronic Health Conditions; Pain.

Bio. I am a psychologist and a researcher. I graduated in Psychology from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (2013). Later, I studied the Official Master’s Degree in Perinatal and Child Psychology and Psychopathology at the Universitat de València (2013-2015), obtaining the Extraordinary Master’s Prize of my year. I have also studied the Official Master’s Degree in Teaching of Compulsory Secondary Education in the field of School Psychology at Universitat Pompeu Fabra y la Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (2018). I have worked in the social and educational fields from 2006 to 2017. I also have clinical experience at Hospital Universitari Vall d’Hebron (2013), Hospital Clínico de Valencia (2014-2015), ASPANION-Asociación de padres de niños con cáncer (2014-2015), Hospital Universitario 12 de Octubre (2015) and Hospital Universitari i Politècnic La Fe (2015). I have been doing research from 2013 to the present in different projects and organizations, like the association ASMI (2013-2015), at the Universitat de València (2104-2015), at the Hospital Universitari i Politècnic La Fe (2014-2015) and at the UOC (2017-present). Currently, I am working on my thesis dissertation in Psychology at the Doctoral Program in Information and Knowledge of Society of the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (2018 – 2021), studying resilience and positive family dynamics, and its promotion through an online intervention in pediatric population with pain and their families.

Ignacio del Arco Herrera

Position. Researcher.

Interests. Innovation in health and wellbeing; digital health; technologies for independent life; active ageing; suicide prevention; health promotion; health literacy; empowerment and participative models in health.

Bio. I finished my PhD on Biological Sciences in the Human Physiology program at Complutense University of Madrid in 2000, and since then I have been working on different fields of scientific research, the transferral of biomedical technology, processes of human-centered design or the evaluation of social and technological impact of health innovations. My professional career has been developed in non-profit organizations for scientific research and innovation, and I have led the launch and set up of various entrepreneurship projects based on knowledge and technology transfer. In 2018 I started to work at UOC eHealth Center, actively participating in PSINET research lines, mainly in the one related to health literacy.