Principal Investigator

Alicia Salvador Fernández-Montejo


Telephone: +34 96.386.42.97

Graduated in Pychology and graduated in Educational Sciences at the Universy of Valencia in 1978 and 1979, respectively. She obtained her PhD in Psychology at the University of Valencia in 1981. Currently, she is Professor of Psychobiology at the University of Valencia since 2002. She was Head of the Department of Psychobiology from 2004 to 2011 and Dean of the Faculty of Psychology from 2012 to 2015.

She is the Principal Investigator of the Laboratory of Social Cognitive Neuroscience and coordinator of the research group of excellence on Stress and Health ( Currently, she is Director of the PhD program in Neuroscience (RD2011) and co-director of the Master program in Basic and Applied Neurosciences from the University of Valencia.

She is part of the Executive Committee of the International Union of Psychological Science (IUPsyS) and has been recently added to the Spanish Academy of Psychology ( She has been the principal investigator of 12 international, national and regional research projects and has been supervisor of more than 20 PhD Students. Additionally, she has published more than 120 scientific articles in high impact JCR journals such as Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews, Psychoneuroendocrinology, Hormones and Behavior, and Biological Psychology.

She is author of several books and chapters and she has been invited as speaker in several international and national congresses. In 2012, she received the University of Valencia’s award for career trajectory.

Her research has been focused on the biological basis of the social behavior, investigating the social interactions and the effects of acute and chronic stress on cognitive function, using psychophysiological and behavioral measurements. Her research has used an integrative approach based on the convergence of multiple methodologies of study in humans and mice.

She has been an invited researcher at the University of Swansea (United Kindom, 1992), University of Trier (Germany, 1998), University College of London (2002), University of Maastricht (2008) and State University of Portland (2009 and 2010). Also, she was President of the Spanish Society of Psychophysiology (2006-2008; currently named SEPNECA) and of the Society for Psychological Studies (2004-2010). She is member of the Spanish Society of Neuroscience, International Society of Psychoneuroendocrinology (ISPNE), the Behavioral Endocrinology Society (SBN) and the International Association of Applied Psychology (IAAP).  She has been member of the Asamblea General of the IUPsyS (2008-­2012) and she has participated as reviewer in the Spanish and Valencian Committees for Assessment of the Research Activity (ANEP, FECYT, CNEAI, AGAUR, AGAE, ACSUG).