Research Team


Made up of researchers who pertain to the Andalusian Neuropsychological and Clinical Psychoneuroimmunology Research Group (CTS-581), linking the Center for Mind, Brain, and Behavior Research Center (CIMCYC) and the University of Granada (

The research team has broad experience in research on gender, health and intimate partner violence, including extended experience in clinical work with female victims of intimate partner violence.

Furthermore, they have distinguished research experience in the field of evaluation and rehabilitation for neurocognitive sequelae in patients who have suffered acquired brain damage, such as head injuries, strokes, autoimmune diseases, or degenerative processes such as dementia.

They also have ample experience in the evaluation of neurocognitive alterations in people who have lived through difficult life circumstances, such as being victims of trauma or armed conflict, drug abuse, or poverty.

In addition to participating in a multitude of conferences on the these topics, this team has participated in over 20 national and international research projects, whose results are reflected in over 100 publications in high-impact journals.

Furthermore, they have received a variety of awards, such as the award for the best technical scientific article, “Cognitive Sequelae in Female Victims of Intimate Partner Violence (III Conference for the study of violence against women, 2012).

Investigadoras e Investigadores

Miguel Pérez-García

Tenured professor of Neuropsychology at the University of Granada (UGR), and head of the research group, “Clinical Neuropsychology and Psychoneuroimmunology” at UGR

Miguel has published more than 100 articles about a wide range of problems related to the brain, such as the effect of drugs on the brain and development in contexts of poverty or violence related to armed conflict.

The last few years, he has focused on applying neuroscience findings to violence against women on two fronts: on one hand, evaluating neuropsychological deficits in female victims of intimate partner violence, and second, studying recidivism in male batterers.

Natalia Hidalgo-Ruzzante

Doctor in Psychology from the University of Granada. Professor in the Department of Evolutionary Psychology and Education and researcher in the Mind, Brain and Behavior Research Center (CIMCYC) at UGR.

Her main lines of research include Neuropsychology of Intimate Partner Violence, Gender and Health, Neurodevelopment, and Cross-cultural Neuropsychology. She has published more than 20 articles in national and international journals of high impact, and made more than 60 contributions to conferences (posters, conference meetings, and talks) related to the aforementioned areas of research.

In addition, she is a member of a variety of research teams conducting competitive national and international projects related to intimate partner violence. She also has extensive experience in the evaluation and rehabilitation of female victims of intimate partner violence.

Julia Caroline Daugherty

Julia is a predoctoral student at the University of Granada, and member of the research lab “Clinical Neuropsychology and Neuropsychoimmunology” at the Mind, Brain and Behavior Research Center.

She is beginning her research trajectory in the area of Neuropsychology and Intimate Partner Violence. Furthermore, she collaborates in research projects concerning Cross-cultural Neuropsychology with the Neuropsychology lab at the University of North Carolina Wilmington.

Natalia Bueso Izquierdo

Natalia is a predoctoral researcher in the line of Neuropsychology and Intimate Partner Violence.

In 2011, she began her clinical track assisting boys and girls who had suffered domestic violence, as well as female victims of intimate partner violence in a women’s association. In the past five years, she has developed her research track in the neuropsychological and brain functioning of male batterers.

Juan Verdejo Román

Doctor in Psychology and Electronic Engineering.

He has developed his research trajectory in the field of neuroimaging, designing and carrying out studies that use Magnetic Resonance Imaging techniques of the brain. These studies have contributed to a better understanding diverse problems related to obesity, drug addiction, and intimate partner violence.

María Auxiliadora Rubio Gimbert

Bachelors in Psychology from the University of Granada and currently studying her masters in Clinical Neuropsychology at the University of Pablo de Olavide.

She is a researcher for the project: “Predicting recidivism in batterers in Andalucía: Neuropsychological, personality, forensic and contextual variables.”

María Ángeles García León

Doctoral student in Psychology.

Her research experience focuses on stress and health. She has worked in the area of intimate partner violence, carrying out studies that employ markers for stress, neuropsychological evaluation, and neuroimaging techniques.

Maribel Marín Torices

Doctor in Forensic Neuropsychology, private practitioner at Alameda Health, researcher in the Mind, Brain and Behavior Research Center (CIMCYC) at UGR.

Her principle line of research lies within Neuropsychology, victims of abuse, and judiciary implications. Since 2010, she has been involved in Forensic Neuropsychology through criminal, civil, social and family proceedings, intervening mostly in criminal and intimate partner cases.