Chairman at the Department of Psychiatry and Director of the WHO Collaborating Centre for Mental Health Services Research and Training at Universidad Autonoma de Madrid and Head of the Department of Psychiatry at the Hospital Universitario de la Princesa.
As part of his clinical responsibilities, he is 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 leading the re-organization of mental health care services to respond to the MH impacts of the pandemic.
Currently one of the Principal Investigators of the Improving the Preparedness of Health Systems to Reduce Mental Health and Psychosocial Concerns resulting from the COVID-19 Pandemic (RESPOND)” Project funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020.
In addition, the WHO CC at the UAM is currently involved in analysis of newly collected evidence of how pandemic policy responses have consequences on mental health, wellbeing and resilience at the individual level and on delivery and accessibility of mental health services.
The research focus in the study of both the immediate (peri-COVID) and long-term (post-COVID) mental health impacts of the different containment measures across general population cohorts and specific risk groups.
Also he is coordinating the assessment of the needs of stakeholders and end-users for the implementation and scaling-up of the stepped care programmes for frontline workers to improve the resilience, wellbeing, mental health and work-functioning of frontline
workers and mitigate health inequalities during and after pandemics.
He is an external advisor for the WHO Guidelines for the Clinical management of COVID-19 and member of the Technical Advisory Group on the mental health impacts of COVID-19 in the WHO European Region