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Francisco Jose Eiroa-Orosa

  • European PhD
  • ​Marie Skłodowska-Curie Researcher
  • University of Barcelona
  • 8


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Research interests

Sociocultural Change and Psychosocial Wellbeing Addictions Psychotraumatology Violence Constructivist epistemology in psychotherapy Transcultural psychology Sampling methodologies


Dr Francisco Jose Eiroa-Orosa completed his psychology degree at the Autonomous University of Madrid (UAM) while working with children in social risk, adolescents in juvenile detention centres and people with intellectual disabilities. His degree dissertation concerned social change and mental health in the context of the Eastern and Central European political transformation in the early ’90s. He completed a Masters in Clinical and Health Psychology, mainly focused in clinical practice, at the same university. During this time he joined the research group in psychosocial psychotraumatology at the University Hospital La Paz in Madrid in the project “Development and evaluation of systems for assessing the impact of extreme life experiences on world views, self-concept and identity of survivors” (the VIVO project) in collaboration with the Community Action Group. He also completed a Master of Advanced Studies in the Department of Social Psychology at the Distance University of Spain (UNED) concerning the impact of traumatic events in world views with a positive psychological approach. Francisco made further training in clinical practice and research in mental health in the University Hospital Eppendorf, in Hamburg, Germany. He also joined the Centre for Interdisciplinary Addiction Research of the Hamburg University, where he participated in theGerman model project of heroin-assisted treatment of opioid dependent patients. His PhD issertation, defended at the University Hospital Vall d’Hebron at the Autonomous University of Barcelona, where he has been working as a psychologist for four years, addressed heroin assisted treatment from a psychosocial point of view. He worked at the Department of Clinical Psychology at the University of Edinburgh during 2013 and the University of East London between 2013 and 2016 as a Senior Lecturer in Positive Psychology and International Humanitarian Psychosocial Intervention. Francisco now holds a Marie Skłodowska-Curie fellowship at the universities of Barcelona and Yale in which he is exploring how the relation of social change and psychosocial well-being can be used to influence policy and practice.

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Frontiers in Psychology

Guest editor

2016 - Present

Sage Open

Guest Editor

2013 - 2014 (a year)


The impact of mindfulness on wellbeing and performance in the workplace: An inclusive systematic review of the empirical literature

  • Lomas T
  • Medina J
  • Ivtzan I
European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology (2017)
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Determinants of risky substance use and risky gambling

  • Mcleod J
  • Gell L
  • Holmes J
What Determines Harm from Addictive Substances and Behaviours? (2016)
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El estado de los derechos de los usuarios en el ámbito de la práctica de la salud mental

  • Eiroa-Orosa F
VII Congreso Internacional de Bioética (2016)
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Social Change and wellbeing: Towards a situated science of Positive Psychology

  • Eiroa-Orosa F
8th European Conference on Positive Psychology (2016)
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  • Verthein U
  • Kuhn S
The American Journal on Addictions (2012)
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Professional experience

​Marie Skłodowska-Curie Researcher

University of Barcelona

June 2016 - Present

​ ​Associate Clinical Professor​

Yale University School of Medicine

June 2016 - Present

Honorary Consultant / volunteer counselor

Doctors Without Borders

September 2013 - Present

Consulting Professor

Open University of Catalonia

July 2013 - Present

Senior Lecturer in Psychology

University of East London

October 2013 - August 2016 (3 years)

Volunteer researcher

Community Action Group

December 2006 - June 2015 (9 years)

Lecturer in Clinical Psychology

University of Edinburgh

March 2013 - December 2013 (9 months)

Associate Researcher, Psychologist

Department of Psychiatry, University Hospital Vall d’Hebron. Department of Psychiatry and Legal Medicine, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

July 2009 - September 2013 (4 years)

Associate Researcher

Zentrum für Interdisziplinäre Suchtforschung (ZIS)- Centre for Interdisciplinary Addiction Research of Hamburg University (CIAR)

February 2008 - May 2012 (4 years)

Freelance researcher

La Paz University Hospital

December 2006 - December 2011 (5 years)

Psychotherapeut in Ausbildung / Fellow Psychotherapist

Universitätsklinikum Hamburg-Eppendorf/ University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf

February 2008 - June 2009 (a year)


Betesda foundation for people with learning disabilities

October 2005 - September 2007 (2 years)


services for children and young people's social integration

October 2004 - September 2005 (a year)

Research assistant

Szkoła Wyższa Psychologii Społecznej-Warsaw School of Social Psychology

February 2004 - August 2004 (6 months)

Education history

University of East London

Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education

January 2014 - December 2014 (a year)

University of Edinburgh

Postgraduate Certificate in Digital Education

January 2013 - April 2014 (a year)

Spanish Association of Neuropsychiatry

Accredited Psychotherapist

June 2012 - June 2013 (a year)

Dresden University of Technology

European Graduate in Addiction Research

October 2011 - May 2013 (2 years)

Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona - University of Hamburg

European PhD

October 2009 - May 2012 (3 years)

Universidad Nacional de Educacion a Distancia - Distance Education University of Spain

Master of Advanced Studies (part qualified doctor) in Social Psychology

October 2007 - October 2009 (2 years)

Universidad Autonoma de Madrid (UAM)

Master in Clinical and Health Psychology, MSc

September 2005 - September 2007 (2 years)

Universidad Autonoma de Madrid (UAM)

Licenciado, Graduate in Psychology

September 2000 - September 2006 (6 years)