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Rafael Alberto Gonzalez, BA (University of Puerto Rico), PhD (UCA, Puerto Rico)

Research Fellow

Centre for Psychiatry
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Rafael Alberto Gonzalez has a Ph.D. in clinical psychology with a specialty in neuropsychology, from the only psychology program accredited by the American Psychological Association in Latin America. During this course he held a research assistantship funded by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH; Grant #1 R24 MD 000152-01), on the project titled 'Prevention of HIV/STD infection in Puerto Rican youth', part of the Center for Research and Outreach in Hispanic Mental Health and Other Health Disparities Project. He wrote his doctoral thesis on cognitive and executive functioning indicators in adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

After working full time as a clinician performing neuropsychological assessments of neurologically compromised patients (e.g., traumatic brain injury, dementia), he started a teaching and research post at the Graduate School of Public Health, University of Puerto Rico Medical Sciences Campus (UPR-RCM).

Whilst in this post he led the pilot project entitled: "Comorbid Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder and Substance Use Disorders in an incarcerated population of Puerto Rico". Afterwards, he significantly contributed to the development of a recently funded National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA; R-21 award) research project for the Center for Socio-Medical Research and Evaluation (CIES) at the UPR-RCM, which focuses on the dimensional assessment and overlapping symptoms of ADHD, substance misuse and executive dysfunction among inmates in PR.

Now in London since early 2012, Dr. Gonzalez is currently a Post-doctoral Research Fellow in the Forensic Psychiatry Department, Centre for Psychiatry, on the epidemiological component of a research programme funded by the NIHR 'Improving Risk Management in Mental Health' headed by Professor Jeremy Coid.  The overall aim of this programme is the identification of the prevalence and correlates of individuals who commit violent acts in the population.

His current research is focused in identifying developmental correlates of violence outcomes, such as ADHD, intellectual disability and early maltreatment. Currently, he is developing structural models to identify latent factors and subgroups of violent individuals in the population.

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