Parc Sanitari Sant Joan de Déu – PSSJD (Coordinator)


PSSJD is a private non-profit institution that includes a general hospital and a large network of mental health services which provides comprehensive mental health and disability services, including neurodegenerative diseases. Its served area approximately includes one million people. It also focuses on bringing together basic research scientists and research clinicians in the areas of public health, mental disorders and disability. It includes geriatrics long-term care institutions and has one of the nodes of the national brain banks, specifically devoted to psychiatric disorders. The institution also develops new health care services, as home care for persons with severe disability or telemedicine. It is a University Hospital linked with the University of Barcelona and provides pre and post-graduate education in health sciences. The Teaching, Research and Innovation Unit of PSSJD is organized in 3 research groups:

  • Etiopathogenesis and treatment of severe mental disorders;
  • Impact, risk and prevention of mental disorders
  • Research on healthcare technologies and results in primary healthcare and mental health.

Multidisciplinary, the cautious observation of ethical principles and the harmonization of research and health care delivery are three of the characteristic traits of the investigation at PSSJD.

Team members

Josep Maria Haro

Josep Maria Haro (M), is a psychiatrist and holds a PhD. in public health, is the research and teaching director of San Joan de Déu Parc de Salut in Barcelona (Spain) and associate professor of medicine at the University of Barcelona. His main areas of investigation are the epidemiology of mental disorders and treatment outcomes in mental health. He has conducted studies on the prevalence and impact of disorders in the general population and the treatment of mental disorders in primary care. His last studies focused on the determinants of healthy ageing, analysing both the impact of physical and mental disorders and the effect of societal and environmental aspects. In 2011, he received the award of best researcher from the Spanish Society of Biological Psychiatry. He is currently the European coordinator of the EU-funded project Roadmap for mental health and wellbeing research in Europe (ROAMER).

Beatriz Olaya

Beatriz Olaya PhD, M.Sc. (F) She has a Master degree in methodology and statistics in Health Sciences and a PhD in Psychology. She has been working in PSSJD since 2010 as a post-doctoral researcher and has been involved in several national and international projects about ageing and health. She coordinates the line of research ‘Prevalence and co-morbidity of mental disorders among different age groups’ and is currently holding a post-doctoral fellowship from the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness (2013-2015). She also collaborates with the University of Roehamptom (London-UK) and the University of Vic (Barcelona-Spain).

Stefanos Tyrovolas

Stefano Tyrovolas (M) has a BSc in Dietetics and Nutrition, MSc in ¨Applied Dietetics¨ and PhD in Nutrition (Public health nutrition) from the Harokopio University in Athens. During 2012-2013 he was a visiting lecturer in the Higher Technical Educational Institute of Kalamata in the topic of Human Nutrition. Last year Dr Tyrovolas was working as postdoctoral researcher in the Parc Sanitari Sant Joan de Déu in the topic of ageing and mental health. Dr Tyrovolas has contributed in 32 articles published in peer reviewed international journals (21 as a first author) and 27 presentations in national and international conferences. His research interests include nutrition, cardiovascular disease risk, healthy ageing and public health prevention on the elders.

Maria Victoria Moneta

Maria Victoria Moneta, MSc (F), she has a master degree in Statistics and Operations Research from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia. She has been working in PSSJD since 2009 as statistical analyst and has been involved in several national and international projects about mental health. Her area of interest is the analysis of clinical and epidemiological studies.

Victoria Maliandi

Maria Victoria Maliandi, PhD, (F). She has a degree in Chemistry and Biochemistry, a PhD in Molecular Biology and Biotechnology and a postgraduate diploma in R&D Management. She is the Project Manager of ATHLOS, managing the day-to-day activities of the consortium and ensuring that all the scientific and legal requirements are met

Ziggi Santini

Ziggi Santini, MSc (M) is an early stage researcher working at the Parc Sanitari Sant Joan de Déu in Barcelona. His project focuses on the impact of social context variables on the risk of mental disorders. He holds an Addiction counselor certificate, a bachelor’s degree with a triple major in psychology, criminology and religious studies, and a master’s degree in public health. He has professional experience from a healthcare innovation research institute in Spain, the Danish social psychiatry, and a rehabilitation unit for alcohol and drug addiction at a Danish hospital in Copenhagen.

Laura Ruano

Laura Ruano, MSc (F) is a Biologist with a Master degree in Project Management. She has been involved since 2006 in Clinical research projects and Clinical Trials. She has been recently hired by PSSJD.