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 
  • Psychology and diabetes: assessment, diagnosis and psychological treatments


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: Evaluación del malestar subjetivo en la esquizofrenia: Validación y viabilidad de la Escala PRE en España. Estudio PRE-España. Reference: FIS: PI16/00647. Funded by: Ministerio de Sanidad, Servicios Sociales e Igualdad. Duration: 01/01/2017 a 30/06/2021. Head researcher:  Berta Moreno Küstner. Number of researchers: 8. Participating entities: Unidad de Gestión Clínica Salud Mental del Hospital Universitario Puerto Real de Cádiz, Universidad de Sydney, Australia, Instituto de Investigaciones Biomédicas de Girona, Universidad de Cádiz, Unidad de Gestión Clínica del Hospital Regional de Málaga, Parc Sanitari Sant Joan de Déu de Barcelona
  • Title: Análisis de factores personales y contextuales y su impacto en la salud y bienestar docente: implicaciones de la inteligencia emocional para los docentes en activo y el profesorado novel. Reference: UMA18-FEDERJA-147. Funded by:  Consejería de Economía y Conocimiento. Junta de Andalucía. Proyecto FEDER I+D+i. Duration: 11/10/2019 a 11/10/2021. Head researcher: Natalio Extremera Pacheco. Number of researchers: 7. Participating entities: Universidad de Málaga, Consejería de Educación de la Junta de Andalucía
  • Title: Variables predictoras del abuso de opioides prescritos en los pacientes con dolor crónico no oncológico: desarrollo de una escala de detección de riesgo. Reference: PID2019-106086RB-I00. Funded by: Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación. Proyectos de I+D+i. Duration: 20/06/2020 a 20/06/2024. Head researcher: Carmen Ramírez Maestre. Co-Head researcher: Alicia E. López Martínez. Number of researchers: 3. Participating entities: Universidad de Málaga. Entidades colaboradoras: Área Integrada de Gestión de la Agencia Sanitaria Costa del Sol, Unidad de Dolor del Hospital Regional Universitario de Málaga, Unidad de Dolor del Hospital Universitario Virgen de la Victoria, Universidad Isabel I de Castilla, University of Washington.


>Castillejos MC, Martín-Pérez, C, Moreno-Küstner B. (2018). A systematic review and meta-analysis of the incidence of psychotic disorders: The distribution of rates and the influence of gender, urbanicity, immigration and socio-economic level. Psychological Medicine, 1-15. IFJCR = 5.811. JCR ranking = D1 (7/78). 

>Huertas, P., Moreno-Küstner, B., Gutierrez, B., & Cervilla, J. (2020) Prevalence and correlates of suicidality in Andalusia (Spain): Results of the epidemiological study PISMA-ep. Journal of Affective Disorders266, 503-511. IFJCR = 3.892. JCR ranking = Q1 (51/204).

>López-Martínez, A. E., Ramírez-Maestre, C., Serrano-Ibáñez, E. R., Ruiz-Párraga, G. T., Peters, M. L., & Esteve, R. (2020).  Using vignettes to assess the contribution of goal adjustment in the adaptation to chronic musculoskeletal pain. Quality of Life Research29, 2137-2148.  IFJCR = 2.488. JCR ranking = Q1 (35/164).

>Ramírez-Maestre, C., Reyes-Pérez, A., Esteve, R., López-Martínez, A. E., Bernardes, S,. & Jensen, M. P. (2020). Opioid pain medication prescription for chronic pain in primary care centers: The roles of pain acceptance, pain intensity, depressive symptoms, pain catastrophizing, sex, and age. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health17, 6428. IFJCR = 2.468. JCR ranking= Q1 (32/171).

>Rey, L., Neto, F., & Extremera, N. (2020). Cyberbullying victimisation and somatic complaints: A prospective examination of cognitive emotion regulation strategies as mediators. International Journal of Clinical and Health Psychology20, 135-139. IFJCR = 4.250. JCR ranking = D1 (13/131).

>Carreira M, Ruiz de Adana MS, Orozco A, Linares F, Fontalba M, Guerrero M, & Anarte MT. (2015). Continuous Subcutaneous Insulin Infusion (CSII) and fear of hypoglycaemia in patients with type 1 diabetes: five years of study. Diabetología,  58 (Suppl  1), S462. IFJCR = 6.487. JCR ranking = D1 (12/133).



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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