Universidad Autónoma de Madrid

Empower Partner -The Autonomous University of Madrid

The UAM has nearly 34,000 students, a teaching and research staff totalling 2500 people, and close to 1000 administrative and service personnel. The UAM Medical School is Spain’s leading teaching institution in the health sciences.

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Integrated within the Department of Psychiatry at the UAM Medical School, it collaborates with Europe’s leading institutions through its membership in different research consortiums and networks.

It has participated in the following European projects: Emerging mental health systems in low- and middle-income countries (EMERALD), in which the team leaded the dissemination work package; A Roadmap for Mental Health Research in Europe (ROAMER), leading the well-being work package; Mental health training through research network in Europe (MARATONE), leading the work package of mental health epidemiology across the life span, and PArticipation To Healthy Workplaces And inclusive Strategies in the Work Sector (PATHWAYS), leading the workpackage that conducted an online survey to detect the specific employment related needs of persons with chronic diseases and mental disorders in nine different European countries.

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The UAM team has participated in the Ageing Trajectories of Health: Longitudinal Opportunities and Synergies project (ATHLOS), leading the work package of dissemination and collaborating in the elaboration of a harmonized metric of health, and in the SYNergies for Cohorts in Health: integrating the ROle of all Stakeholders project (SYNCHROS), leading a work package for mapping the cohort landscape in Europe and large international initiatives.

The UAM team members have also conducted a longitudinal study in a nationally representative sample of the Spanish population that analyses the health status of the ageing population, assessing possible determinants of healthy ageing and exploring the relationships between health status, well-being, and its determinants.

Finally, some members of the team are also collaborating in an ILO and WHO’s effort to systematically review the existing evidence on the prevalence of long working hours across different countries and settings, and on the effect of exposure to long working hours on the incidence of depression.

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Project Staff

Dr Jose Luis Ayuso Mateos
Dr Jose Luis Ayuso Mateos

PhD in Psychiatry
Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry of the UAM and Psychiatrist La Princesa Teaching Hospital Madrid
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Jose Luis Ayuso-Mateos MD, PhD. Chairman at the Department of Psychiatry and Director of the WHO Collaborating Centre for Mental Health Services Research and Training at UAM. He is also Head of the Department of Psychiatry at the Hospital Universitario de la Princesa (564 beds), in charge of the organization and management of all the public mental health services covering an attachment area with a population of 323,000 citizens in downtown Madrid. He is currently in charge of the design and coordination of all the consultation psychiatry and psychological support programmes developed to provide services for COVID-19 patients either admitted at the Hospital or at home, their relatives and/or caregivers, and the health staff .

JLAM is part of a team of international experts assigned by the WHO and ILO to estimate the attributable risk of depression related to long working hours exposure. He is the Principal Investigators of the “European platforM to PromOte Wellbeing and hEalth in the woRkplace (EMPOWER)” Project funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme. He is also the PI in the ongoing SYNCHROS and ATHLOS EU projects.

He is a member of the International Advisory Group for Training and Implementation for ICD-11 and works with the WHO in the dissemination of the Mental Health Gap Action Programme (mhGAP)

Ana Ortiz-Tallo

Ana Ortiz-Tallo. Pre-doctoral researcher. She is a psychologist with a master’s degree in clinical psychology and has experience in the field. Now, she works in some projects related to first psychotic episodes.

Kerry Rodriguez-McGreevy

Postdoctoral Researcher. Kerry Rodríguez McGreevy has a degree in Psychology and a PhD in Neuroscience from the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (UAM). She has more than eight years of experience in the field of research, especially in the field of Psychology and Neuroscience.

She has worked as a researcher in the Adult Neurogenesis research group at the Cajal Institute of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) in Madrid, in the Department of Translational Neuroscience. Her line of research has focused mainly on the study of learning and memory mechanisms related to adult neurogenesis and its modulation through physical activity, enriched environments, and stress. In this stage, she participated in several research projects, both national (BFU2013‐48907 ‐ R, BFU2016‐77162 ‐ R) and international (COST Action BM1402: MouseAGE). Moreover, she has collaborated with other national research centres such as the National Center for Biotechnology (CNB) in Madrid, the Andalusian Center for Molecular Biology and Regenerative Medicine (CABIMER) and the Universitat de València, as well as international centres (Cambridge University, UK).

She currently works in the Department of Psychiatry of the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, as a Project Manager and Researcher, within the European projects in which the research group participates.

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Maria Cabello

Maria Cabello PhD. Lecturer. Department of psychiatry in the UAM. She has worked in several studies on the relationships between working conditions, employment and mental disorders. She is part of the international list of experts designated by WHO and ILO for investigating the effect of long working hours on several health-related outcomes.

María Miret García

María Miret García is a journalist, with a Master degree in Communications and Health by Complutense University in Madrid, Spain. During the last 7 years she has worked part time in the Spanish Association of Health Journalists (ANIS).

She’s also been the communications officer of European projects on health research such us Emerald (Emerging mental health systems in low- and middle-income countries), the ATHLOS (Ageing Trajectories of Health: Longitudinal Opportunities and Synergies) Project and the Annual Food Agenda, and EIT Food project.