Line of research: Clinical and health psychology

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This line of research brings together researchers investigating different aspects of clinical and health psychology. Research is organized around the following topics:

  • Psychological aspects of chronic pain
  • Psychological well-being and positive psychology
  • Use and assessment of health services, psychotherapy, and information systems
  • Measurement and study of psychological variables and their psychometric properties


This line of research is headed by seven faculty members. Their experience is demonstrated by their contributions to numerous scientific publications, the development of PhD theses, and their participation in publicly funded research projects awarded by competive calls.




M. Rosa Esteve Zarazaga

University of Malaga

Alicia E. López Martínez

University of Malaga

Carmen Ramírez Maestre

University of Malaga

María Teresa Anarte Ortiz

University of Malaga

Rosa M. Bersabé Morán

University of Malaga

Berta Moreno Küstner

University of Malaga

Lourdes Rey Peña

University of Malaga


Labs associated with this line of research

>Andalusian psychosocial research group (GAP)

>Chronic pain research group

>Assessment of social and psychological intervention programs

>Biopsychosocial aspects of diabetes study group


Active projects and recent publications

  • Title: El marco motivacional del modelo de miedo al dolor: optimismo, conflicto de metas y discapacidad. (Motivational framework of the fear-avoidance model: Optimism, conflicting goals, and disability). PSI2013-42512-P. Funded by: Spanish Ministry of Economy, Industry, and Competitivity (MINECO). Plan Nacional de I+D+i . Duration: 01/01/2014 - 01/01/2019. Head researcher: Maria Rosa Esteve Zarazaga. Number of participating researchers: 4. Participating Institutions: University of Malaga
  • Title: Evaluación del malestar subjetivo en la esquizofrenia: Validación y viabilidad de la Escala PRE en España (Assessment of subjective distress in schizophrenia: Validation and viability of the PRE scale in Spain). PRE-Spain study. Reference: PI16/00647. Funded by: Spanish Ministry of Health, Social Services and Equality. Duration: 2017-2019. Head researcher: Berta Moreno Küstner. Total number of researchers: 8. Participating institutionsUniversity of Malaga, Puerta Real University Hospital of Cádiz, University of Sydney, Institute of Biometic Research of Girona, University of Cádiz, Malaga Regional Hospital, Parc Sanitari Sant Joan de Déu of Barcelona, International Center of Mental Health Policy and Economics of Milan.


>Ruiz-Párraga GT1, López-Martínez AE. The role of experiential avoidance, resilience and pain acceptance in the adjustment of chronic back pain patients who have experienced a traumatic event: a path analysis. Ann Behav Med. 2015 Apr;49(2):247-57. doi: 10.1007/s12160-014-9654-3. IF JCR = 4.195. JCR ranking = Q1 (13/129).

>Esteve R, Ramírez-Maestre C, Peters ML, Serrano-Ibáñez ER, Ruíz-Párraga GT, López-Martínez AE. Development and Initial Validation of the Activity Patterns Scale in Patients with Chronic Pain. J Pain. 2016. 17(4):451-61. doi: 10.1016/j.jpain.2015.12.009. IF JCR = 4.519. JCR ranking = Q1 (31/194).

>Esteve R, López-Martínez AE, Peters ML, Serrano-Ibáñez ER, Ruíz-Párraga GT, González-Gómez H, Ramírez-Maestre C. Activity Pattern Profiles: Relationship With Affect, Daily Functioning, Impairment, and Variables Related to Life Goals. J Pain. 2017 May;18(5):546-555. doi: 10.1016/j.jpain.2016.12.013. IF JCR = 4.519. JCR ranking = Q1 (31/194).

>Sevilla-Llewellyn-Jones J, Cano-Domínguez P, de-Luis-Matilla A, Espina-Eizaguirre A, Moreno-Küstner B, Ochoa S. Personality traits in recent-onset-of-psychosis patients compared to a control sample by gender. Schizophr Res. 2017. pii: S0920-9964(17)30518-2. doi: 10.1016/j.schres.2017.08.042. IF JCR = 3.986. JCR ranking = Q1 (34/142).


If you would like further information on this line of research, please get in touch with Alicia E. López Martínez (; member of the Academic Commission for the Doctorate Program).

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