Trainee research staff
Meet the team
Iván Bonilla Gorrindo
Graduate in Psychology (University of Barcelona) and Master in Psychology of Physical Activity and Sport (UAB). He has worked with different clubs and organizations at the national level in the world of e-sports (electronic sports). He is currently working on his thesis entitled "Tilt in sports: Conceptualization, measurement and proposed intervention". His research interests are e-sports and psychological skills related to performance and well-being.
Marta Borrueco Carmona
Marta Borrueco Carmona
Graduated in Psychology, Master in Sports and Physical Activity Psychology and Master in Research in Psychology Applied to Health Sciences. She is currently a member of the UAB Sport and Exercise Psychology Research Group (GEPE), a consolidated research group where she is developing her doctoral studies. Her research interests are focused on the experiences of coaches in the course of their work, the role of families in the context of sport and women's sport.
Rodrigo Dosal Ulloa
PhD student of the CEO-UAB and the Sports Research Institute. Graduated in Journalism (2014), Master in Audiovisual Communication and Advertising (2015) from the UAB, and Master in humorous script in television and radio programs from the Ramon Llull University (2016). He has worked in various media and communication offices. He is currently writing his thesis on «Social networks, football and violence», directed by Dr. Natividad Ramajo from the UAB Department of Audiovisual Communication and Advertising.
Anna Jordana Casas
Psychologist, Master in Neuroscience, and currently developing her doctoral thesis in sports psychology at the UAB Sport and Exercise Psychology Research Group (GEPE), awarded a scholarship by the Government of Catalonia. Her main research topic is the role of adaptive and maladaptive thoughts in the sports careers of elite athletes, despite being involved in other areas of interest (e.g. women's sport, performance activities, dual career). As part of her international doctorate, she did a research stay at the Sport Psychology and Mental Support group at VUB (Brussels). Before dedicating herself full time to the UAB, where she also teaches Sports Thought and Psychology in the Psychology Degree, she was part of the Sports Athlete Service at CAR Sant Cugat.
José Tomás Mejias Riquelme
Graduate in Psychology at the University of Chile and Master in Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity at the UAB. He is currently doing his PhD on Dual Career for vulnerable athletes. His research experience consists of participating in a European project (ECO-DC) and a national project (HeDuCa), both as member of the UAB Sport and Exercise Psychology Research Group (GEPE).
Adolfo Nieto Losada
PhD student at the CEO-UAB and Master in Media and Communications. Adolfo is an assistant lecturer of research in the UAB Department of Communication and Audiovisual Advertising and has also worked in various media and development agencies such as Sampad South Asian Arts in Birmingham (United Kingdom). His doctoral thesis, started in 2017, focuses on building a personal brand for sports stars, and is directed by Dr. Emilio Fernández Peña, UAB Department of Communication and Audiovisual Advertising.
Lídia Ordeix Cordón
Predoctoral Researcher at the UAB. Graduate in Psychology and Master in Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity at the same university. She has been a player, coach and currently Sports Psychologist in women's football. Her current research interests focus on the sport and the role that coaches play in it.
Luana I. Prato Valderrama
Graduated in Psychology, with a Research Master's Degree in Sports Psychology and Physical Activity. Currently in the last year of Doctoral Studies in Health and Sports Psychology at the UAB. She is a sports psychologist and dual career advisor at the Sabadell Swimming Club. Her area of expertise is psychological and psychosocial intervention in high performance and promising athlete development programs. She was a high-performance athlete for 12 years and an artistic swimming coach for 14 years. Her current research interests are the study of sports careers, sports migration and transnational sports.
Valerio della Sala
Bachelor of Sport Management in Italy and Spain, with research experiences at the IUSM, at the University of Bologna and the UAB Olympic Studies Centre. Specialized in multidisciplinary and comparative analysis and research on the Olympic Games. He is currently a member and participant of the organizing committee of SportComLab and a visiting professor at the University of Bologna. He is a doctoral student in urban and territorial planning at the UAB.
Luis Sánchez López
Documentation / History
Degree in History from the UAB (2011) and Master's in Archiving and Document Management from ESAGED (2013). Currently doing his PhD on Olympic legacy through the archives. The thesis is directed by Dr. Pilar Cid and within the doctoral program in Comparative, Political and Social History. As a sports historian, he carried out research on sport in the 1930s. He is currently working at the Center for Olympic and Sports Studies Joan Antoni Samaranch.
Translation and Interpretation
Zesheng Yang is a PhD student at UAB. He received a Master degree in mass communication at Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information at Singapore Nanyang Technological University(2017). He has worked in several media outlets and international sports organizations. Now he works at the Beijing Organising Committee for the 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. His doctoral thesis focuses on multi-screen and social TV viewing of sports mega events in China. The PhD is directed by Doctor Emilio Fernández Peña at the UAB Department of Audiovisual Communication and Advertisement.