The IMPROVA consortium includes an international and interdisciplinary group of researchers and practitioners working in health, education, social sciences, computer science, teachers associations and policymakers.


Fundació privada per a la recerca i la docència Sant Joan de Déu (FSJD-CERCA)

Fundació Sant Joan de Déu (FSJD) is a non-profit research institution whose primary goal is to contribute to the improvement of people’s health and welfare mainly in the areas of Mental Health and Maternal and Child Health. Parc Sanitari Sant Joan de Déu (PSSJD), an associated entity of FSJD, is a private non-profit institution that includes a general hospital and a large network of mental health services, which provides comprehensive mental health and disability services.

The “Impact, risk and prevention of mental disorders”, led by Dr. Josep Maria Haro, is the FSJD and PSSJD research group involved in the IMPROVA project. Our group consists of clinicians (psychiatrists, psychologists and clinical neuropsychologists, physical activity experts and pharmacologists), basic research personnel (biologists, physics), mathematicians and biostatistics with remarkable experience in clinical practice and research, and collaborates with other public health researchers. The group is part of the Centre for Biomedical Network Research on Mental Health (CIBERSAM), financed by the Carlos III Health Institute and recognised as a consolidated research group by the Government of Catalonia (AGAUR – Agency for Administration of University and Research Grants).

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Our research focuses on the epidemiology and social impact of mental disorders in general and the evaluation of their risk, prevention and treatment. Some examples of the epidemiological studies we carried out are the “World Mental Health Surveys” study (an initiative of the World Health Organization), “Ageing with health (Edad con Salud)” (a Spanish nationally-funded, ongoing cohort study of 4.700 people to analyse healthy ageing) and “Post-Migration Welfare and Health Study” (aimed at detecting psychosocial and health needs of people who migrated to Spain).

In parallel, our research focuses on generating strategies to prevent mental disorders by using new technologies. In this regard, we developed and are currently testing in a clinical trial an eHealth self-management modular platform to promote psychological wellbeing to employees in Finland, Poland, Spain and UK – The EMPOWER Project (Horizon 2020, no. 848180). Finally, our research group has a leading capacity, with national and international projection. It leads national and international competitive projects and has participated in several European projects as coordinator and partner; relevant examples of coordinated H2020-funded projects are ATHLOS (635316, RIA), which is aimed at analysing trajectories of healthy ageing and main determinants, using a harmonised data set from 20 longitudinal ageing studies and SYNCHROS (825884, CSA) aiming to establish a sustainable European strategy for the development of the next generation of integrated population, patient and clinical trial cohorts, thereby contributing to an international strategic agenda for enhanced coordination of cohorts globally.

Parc Sanitari Sant Joan de Déu

Institut de Recerca Sant Joan de Déu

Babes-Bolyai University, Dept. of Psychology, Cluj-Napoca, Romania

Universität Ulm

Universiteit Utrecht

Youth in Changing Cultural Contexts

Dynamics of Youth

Institute of clinical Epidemiology and Biometry, University of Wurzburg


Ajuntament de Sant Boi de Llobregat


The University of Newcastle Australia

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

University of Canberra   

Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal)