Research Group on Communication and Health (COMSAL)
The Research Group on Communication and Health (COMSAL) was founded in 1997 by Dr Jordi Cebrià Andreu and Dr Jordi Segura Bernal with the goal of conducting research in the field of mental health, primary healthcare and psychosocial wellbeing. The group’s first studies examined the health of healthcare professionals and those in the caring professions (teachers, educators, sports experts); the interaction between patients and primary care professionals (doctors and nurses); health habits of young adults; and physical exercise in individuals with disabilities. The group later expanded its research to the social sphere of clinical psychology: therapeutic group interventions either at the mental health centre or in primary care facilities, early intervention in psychosis and depression, and the mental health of immigrants. The group has three research lines: Clinical Psychology and Health, Neuropsychology and Health, and Well-being, Inclusion and Health, which carry out cross-cutting programs in various topics, such as the health of professionals and caregivers, quality of life and well-being, neurosciences, emotional intelligence, group psychological treatments, and the promotion of health and the inclusion of people and vulnerable groups.
Along these years, GR COMSAL has collaborated with several national and international health and university institutions. Since 2009, GR COMSAL has been recognized by the AGAUR de Catalunya as a consolidated research group (SGR), and since 2017 the team has had a double affiliation, with researchers from the Facultat de Psicologia, Ciències de l’Educació i de l’Esport Blanquerna, Ramon Llull University (Barcelona), and mental health professionals and researchers, from the Consorci Sanitari del Maresme (Mataró, Barcelona).
Dr Jordi Segura Bernal
PhD in Psychology and specialist in clinical psychology (2004). Full professor at the URL, where he teaches classes in Social Psychology, Humanist Psychology and the Social Psychology of Sport. He was the coordinator of the Bachelor’s degrees in Psychology and Physical Activity and Sport Sciences, and since academic year 2013-2014 he has coordinated the doctoral programmes in the Blanquerna-URL Faculty of Psychology, Education and Sport Sciences. He is a visiting professor at the Università Cattolica Sacro Cuore. He has served as the Professor of Social Inclusion and Exclusion in the Inter-Official Master's in Psycho-social Intervention (UB, UdG, URV, UdL, URL) (1997-2013), and since academic year 2013-2014 he has been a professor in the Official Master's in the Psychology of Work, Organisation and Human Resources offered by the Blanquerna-URL Faculty of Psychology, Education and Sport Sciences.
He worked as a psychologist at the Escola Esportiva Llor (Sant Boi, 1981-90) and the Counselling institution (Barcelona, 1984-90), and from 1990-1992 he was in charge of the competitive staff of the Barcelona ’92 Special Olympics. He has researched and published on psychology applied to adapted sport and on issues related to humanist psychology. He has been the president of the Catalan Association of Sport Psychology since January 2015.