Research Team

RESEARCH GROUP PNinsula

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 (www.pninsula.es).

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

PhD in Psychology from the University of Granada. Assistant Adjunct Professor in the Department of Personality, and Psychological Evaluation and Treatment at the University of Granada. Postdoctoral researcher in the Applied Neuropsychology for Children, Adults and the Elderly Research Lab at the Mind, Brain and Behavior Research Center.

Her research trajectory centers on 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, as well as Neuropsychology applied to the refugee crisis in the project NeuroCare.

Natalia Bueso Izquierdo

PhD in Psychology at the University of Granada. Professor in the Department of Psychology and Anthropology at the University of Extremadura. Researcher in the lab for: “Applied Neuropsychology for Children, Adults and the Elderly” at the University of Granada and for the research lab, “Stress, Health, and Emotional Well-being” at the University of Extremadura.

In 2009, she began her clinical and research track assisting boys and girls who had suffered domestic violence, as well as female survivors of intimate partner violence in a women’s association. Since 2011, she has developed her research track in the neuropsychological and brain functioning of male batterers.

Juan Verdejo Román

Electrical Engineer and PhD in Psychology from the University of Granada. Postdoctoral researcher Juan de la Cierva at the Complutense University of Madrid. Member of the Laboratory of Cognitive and Computational Neuroscience (LNCyC) and of the research group Neuropsychology and Psychoneuroimmunology applied to Children, Adults and Elderly (PNinsula)

He has developed his research career in the field of neuroimaging, designing and carrying out studies using mainly Magnetic Resonance techniques, including functional MRI analysis and functional and structural connectivity. These studies have contributed to a better understanding of diverse social problems such as obesity, drug addiction and intimate partner violence.

CARMEN FERNÁNDEZ FILLOL

Health Psychologist and Predoctoral Researcher in the Applied Neuropsychology for Children, Adults and the Elderly Research Lab at the Mind, Brain and Behavior Research Center (CIMCYC) at the University of Granada.

Her training centers on Complex Post-traumatic Stress in interpersonal violence victims and survivors. Further, she is a part of the  International Consortium Trauma and an active collaborator in the G-Stress.

ÁLVARO LOZANO-RUIZ

Predoctoral Researcher in the Applied Neuropsychology for Children, Adults and the Elderly Research Lab at the Mind, Brain and Behavior Research Center (CIMCYC) at the University of Granada.

His main research interests lie within Cross-cultural Neuropsychology and the brain-culture relationship. He collaborates in the validation and adaptation of a cross-cultural neuropsychological battery for its application in different countries, as well as with female survivors of intimate partner violence.

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.

Agar Marín Morales

PhD student in psychology at the University of Granada. Professor in the Department of Personality, and Psychological Evaluation and Treatment at the University of Granada. Researcher in the Applied Neuropsychology for Children, Adults and the Elderly Research Lab at the Mind, Brain and Behavior Research Center (CIMCYC).

Since 2015, her research focuses on Neuropsychology, Neuroimaging, and Intimate Partner Violence. Specifically, she studies of the neuropsychological and psychological characteristics (emotional regulation, morality, social cognition) and brain functioning of male batterers.