Miguel Hernández University


The research group AITANA is an initiative established in 2010 by a group of lecturers at the Miguel Hernández University with a shared interest: the study of psychological problems in children and adolescents and how to improve their physical and emotional well-being. This includes the psychopathology, assessment and treatment of psychological problems in childhood and adolescence as well as psychological adjustment factors and health promotion in children and adolescents. AITANA researchers apply advances in their own studies, developing their applied work at the University Hospital Child Therapy Unit and offering institutions and organizations advisory services in relation to research and intervention. AITANA trains childhood-youth therapy professionals via the Master’s in Psychological Therapy for Children and Adolescents programme, accredited by ANECA and giving access to doctoral studies. The group promotes the dissemination of the latest advances in childhood and adolescence through the International Congress of Clinical and Health Psychology on Children and Adolescents, which brings together many specialists from around the world every year. Since 2014, the group has published the Revista de Psicología Clínica con Niños y Adolescentes journal, which aims to disseminate scientific research in this field. AITANA group members share the same way of understanding psychology research: they want to make a stronger, quality-driven contribution to scientific knowledge, share their passion for childhood clinical and health psychology, and feel they have been fortunate in their work.

Lines of research:

– Application of new technologies for the assessment and intervention of childhood-youth problems.
– Assessment and intervention of emotional problems in children, adolescents and young adults.
– Child and youth suicide prevention.
– Development and adaptation of psychological assessment instruments.
– Online assessment of mental health using a two-dimensional model.
– Assessment and intervention of socioemotional competences in children, adolescents and young adults using the Covitality model.
– Pediatric neuropsychological assessment.
– Assessment and treatment of obsessive compulsive disorder and related disorders in children and youth.