Colombia Team

The Pontificia Universidad Javeriana (PUJ)

Is a private institution of higher education, founded in 1623. It is one of the oldest and most traditional universities in Colombia with its main headquarters in Bogotá and an additional one in Cali. It is part of the 31 universities entrusted to the “Compañía de Jesús” in Latin America and of the 186 institutions of higher education that exist in the world.

This study will be in charge of the Department of Psychiatry and Mental Health, as well as the Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics of the PUJ. The Department of Psychiatry and Mental Health, since 1971 has been at the forefront of scientific activities related to psychiatry, mental health, health promotion and disease prevention. On the other hand, the Clinical Epidemiology Unit was created in 1986, and after the recognition and support of the International Clinical Epidemiology Network (INCLEN), in 1994 it created the Master’s Program in Clinical Epidemiology, being the first training center in this discipline in the country and the second in Latin America. The Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics assumed responsibility before INCLEN to support the creation and development of other Clinical Epidemiology Units in the main universities of the country.

Carlos Gomez-Restrepo

  • Principal Investigator

Medical doctor, specialist in Psychiatry and Liaison Psychiatry. Psychoanalyst. Magister in Clinical Epidemiology and PhD in Public Health. He currently serves as Dean of the Faculty of Medicine of the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, as professor and psychiatrist at the San Ignacio University Hospital. President of LatinCLEN (Latin American Network of Clinical Epidemiology), Director of RAB – INCLEN (Scientific Committee of the International Clinical Epidemiology Network- INCLEN). Editor of journals on Health Sciences and books on Clinical Epidemiology and Clinical Psychiatry.

Miguel Uribe

  • Co-investigator

Psychiatrist, Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Bogotá. Psychoanalyst, Colombian Institute of Psychoanalysis. Liaison Psychiatrist, Pontificia Universidad Javeriana. Master of Public Health, Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore. He has been Scientific Director of La Clínica La Inmaculada in Bogotá and attached member of La Fundación Santa Fe de Bogotá. Consultant in public mental health for SaluDerecho of the World Bank. Currently Associate Professor and Director of the Department of Psychiatry and Mental Health of the Faculty of Medicine of the Javeriana University.

Natalia Godoy Casasbuenas

  • Study coordinator

Medical doctor graduated from El Bosque University, with a master’s degree in public health from the École des Hautes Études en Santé Publique (Paris-France), currently a doctoral student in Clinical Epidemiology at the Javeriana University. With specific skills in research and in the functioning of health systems. With previous experience in the design of research projects, systematic reviews and in the development of clinical practice guidelines.

Karen Ariza Salaza

  • Research assistant

Social worker of the National University of Colombia-Bogotá (2007), with experience in management, formulation, execution and evaluation of social and educational programs. Extensive knowledge and skills in socio-emotional education, prevention of psychoactive substance use and training of trainers. Experience in working with vulnerable social population (children and youth), teachers and families. Complementary experience of more than 15 years in interpretation and creation in performing arts with an emphasis on dance. Awards and national and international recognition in socio-emotional education, such as the 1rs Place. “INICIATIVAS EDUCAN EN LATINOAMERICA”. Initiatives that Educate Awards. ATRESMEDIA Foundation. Madrid Spain. 2014 and 1st Place. SANTILLANA PRIZE OF EDUCATIONAL EXPERIENCES. Colombia Ministry of Education. “Pilos de Corazón” Program (winner among 140 experiences). Bogotá, 2013.

She is currently employed at the Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics of the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, working as a research assistant in the NIHR Global Health Research Group on Developing Psycho-Social Interventions and the OLA Study.

Natalia Ortiz

  • Research assistant

Anthropologist MA, Universidad Nacional de Colombia. Natalia has done research in anthropology of food and food security among indigenous peoples. She has also studied the social and health impacts of coal mining and oil exploitation in Colombia. She currently works in qualitative analysis in mental health research at the Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics Department of the Faculty of Medicine at Pontificia Universidad Javeriana.

María Paula Jassir

  • Research assistant

General physician graduated from Pontificia Universidad Javeriana with special interest in psychiatry and epidemiology. She is currently working in various research projects focused towards mental health, including OLA. Additionally, she has had a special interest in literature, from an early age, which she employs by writing fiction and poetry.

Ángela Florez

Ángela is a Social Worker and Specialist in Do No Harm and Peacebuilding of the National University of Colombia. She has skills for the collection, analysis and systematisation of information, database management, fieldwork and inter-institutional coordination with different entities. Her professional experience has been in the development of pedagogical material for the application of the gender perspective in land restitution policy; and in the planning, organization and collection of social evidence in territories affected by the Colombian internal armed conflict.

Laura Cruz

Laura is a Social worker of the Externado de Colombia and currently research assistant of the OLA Project at the Javeriana University. She has experience in psychosocial care with children, teenagers and young people. She has done investigative and community work with sexually exploited women, migrants and human trafficking in favour of their mental health, and she has investigative experience within the project of construction of guidelines for the Policy of Participation and Environmental Management of the SINA. Laura trained in work to prevent exploitation, commercialisation of girls, boys and adolescents and in prevention strategies for the use of psychoactive substances. She is a member of the Wayra Collective in mental health and individual and community psychosocial care.

Bryan Murillo

General practitioner graduated from the National University of Colombia, student of the master’s degree in clinical epidemiology of the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana. I have experience in the field of research, where I highlight the projection, development and realization of specific activities of research projects, participation in the design of data collection instruments and subsequent data collection, maintenance of an adequate quality in the data collected and in the processes required for research.

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