Lourdes Cantarero Arevalo

Lourdes Cantarero Arevalo

Associate Professor

I am a social scientist and a public health professional working for the WHO Collaborating Centre for Training and Research in the Patient Perspective on Medicine use (Social and Clinical Pharmacy Research Group).  

In 2013 I received my PhD in Health Sciences from the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen. I also hold a Master in International Cooperation for Development from Complutense University, Madrid and a Post-graduate in International Politics from Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium. Prior to join academia, I worked for 10 years for the European Commission (EuropeAid) in South America, Africa and Asia, and for the World Health Organization – Regional Office for Europe in projects focused on improving maternal, children and adolescent health.

With my current research, I focus on listening to adolescents voices and their perceptions of mental health and well-being. I am specially interested in the role that digital narratives play in constructing meaning and developing copying mechanisms. I am currently studying the Resonance Theory (Rosa 2016) and burnout Society (Han 2017) to inform my research inquiries.  

Current research

Selected research projects I am currently working on:

THRIVE (Teenage mental Health Research Inquiries Via E-communties):

  • Thrive 1: Perceptions of stigma among adolescents living with affective disorders
  • Thrive 2: Narrative ethics and young women living with anxiety
  • Thrive 3: Meaning among ethnic minority young people suffering from depression

Primary fields of research

  • Adolescents living with complex medicines regimes for mental conditions
  • Gender norms and cultural stereotypes and their link to health and well-being among adolescents
  • Adolescents narratives of mental distress through digital communities




Transparency and Trustworthiness in Drug Development - The ethics of Drug Regulation

Post-graduate course. Course Director, teacher and examiner


Pharmaceutical Policy - Ethics part

Master level. Teacher, supervisor and examiner


Social Pharmacy

Bachelor level. Supervisor and examiner


Contemporary Social Pharmacy - an innovation-based course

Bachelor and Master. Course co-responsible, teacher and examiner


Research Methods in Social and Administrative Pharmacy

Master level. Course responsible, teacher and examiner

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