Psychology and Psychopathology of Nutrition

Program Presentation

Eating behavior is an issue that creates greater interest and concern overtime, since the physical and mental health affectation of people is increasing day by day and so it presents a relevant role within it.

The brain has a set of mechanisms that motivate us to eat and drink and even induces the consumption of the type of nutrients that are needed for each moment. These mechanisms, such as emotions, cognition or motivation, can be influenced and/or altered by multiple factors. Psychopathology and psychotropic medications may affect eating behavior, either by increasing or decreasing food intake. The foods and nutrients that are ingested may also affect our emotional state and even alter the absorption of psychotropic drugs. In addition, this behavior is also directly influenced by the society in which we live: the standards of beauty highlighted in the media or even our closest environment can affect our self-esteem and, consequently, our patterns of eating.

All of these factors are important for those healthcare professionals in nutrition and psychology, for them to understand how eating behavior works and how to deal with it during consultation.

The Psychology and Psychopathology of Nutrition program aims to offer education in psychology and neuroscience applied to the field of nutrition to address all situations that you may find as a healthcare professional in day to day nutrition and psychology.

Who is the programme for?

The Psychology and Psychopathology of Nutrition program is aimed at:

  • Nutritionists who wish to specialize in the field of psychology in food and nutrition.
  • Psychologists who wish to deepen their education on eating behavior.
  • All those healthcare professionals who want to consolidate and/or expand their knowledge in the area of psychology applied to nutrition.

The Psychology and Psychopathology of Nutrition program is the ideal supplement for those professionals interested in broadening their education in the Psychology of Nutrition.

Diploma

Successfully completing the Program will award you with the diploma on Psychology and Psychopathology of Nutrition.

Once the program has been successfully completed, the diploma will be issued by the University in which the student enrolled.

Program Structure

The Psychology and Psychopathology of Nutrition program has a duration of 6 months.

Regarding time distribution:

  • Since it is an online program, it does not have a specific starting date, by which the student may enroll at any time, provided there is available space.
  • The Program has a maximum time of 6 months to be completed. During this period, the student must have completed the evaluations corresponding to the subjects.

The credit structure of the Psychology and Psychopathology of Nutrition program is as follows:

  ECTS CREDITSA LENGTHB HOURS
Subjects 15 6 150

a. The equivalence in credits may vary according to the University that issues the Diploma. One (1) ECTS credit (European Credit Transfer System) corresponds to 10 + 15 hours. If students attending the program are enrolled in a university not belonging to the European Higher Education Area (EHEA), the relationship between credits and hours may vary.
b. Length in months.

Objectives

General Objective

  • Provide the healthcare professional with the tools to optimize nutritional and psychological care for their patients.

Specific Objectives

  • Learning the fundamentals involved in neurological and psychological motivation, emotions and cognition, and how these have an impact on people’s diets.
  • Analyzing the influence of the different elements - such as the media, the environment or family, among others - that can affect our eating behavior.
  • Understanding how psychopathology and psychoactive drugs can interfere in eating behaviors and vice versa.
  • Providing the professional with the tools that facilitate detecting and and taking action before an altered eating behavior.

Career Opportunities

Some of the careers in the Psychology and Psychopathology of Nutrition are as follow:

  • Psychologists, nutritionists, physicians, nurses and other healthcare professionals exercising their profession who wish to specialize in the field of psychology and psychopathology applied to the field of nutrition.
  • Teachers in formal and non-formal education teaching programs.
  • Advisors associated with sick people who have an altered eating behavior.

Note: practicing the profession is governed by the laws of each individual country.

Study Plan

The subjects of the Psychology and Psychopathology of Nutrition course aim to ensure that students acquire an overall idea of psychobiological and neurological foundations and eating behavior, as well as those influencing factors and existing disorders, for use by healthcare professionals to channel this knowledge into their performance as usual.

The corresponding subjects and credits of the program are shown in the following table:


Note: The contents of the academic program may be subject to slight modifications, depending on the updates or the improvements made.

Management

Academic Administration

  • Dr. Maurizio Battino. Director of the Health and Nutrition Area of the Iberoamerican University Foundation. Researcher in Biochemistry and professor of the Scuola di Specializzazione in Scienza dell'Alimentazione.

General Academic Coordination

  • Dr (c). Irma Dominguez Azpíroz. International Academic Coordinator of the postgraduate area in Health. Nutritionist and Doctoral candidate in Education.
  • Dr. Laura Natalia Pérez. Doctor (Cum Laude) and Master's Degree in Cognitive Science and Language from the University of Barcelona, Spain. Academic Director of the Master’s Degree in Clinical and Health Psychology and teacher at the International Iberoamerican University in Mexico.

Teaching staff and Authors

  • Dr. Cecilia Otero Dadín. Professor in the Doctorate in Neuroscience, Development and Education from the Liberquaré University. Director and coordinator of the multidisciplinary team PASO A PASO (Step by Step), Interdisciplinary Center. Psychologist at the Polyvalent Health Center (Spain).
  • Dr. Joana Pérez Tejada. Doctor and Degree in Pedagogy from the University of the Basque Country. Research staff from the University of the Basque Country.
  • Dr. Tatiana Lacruz Gascón. Doctor in Clinical Psychology and Health, aster in General Health Psychology and a Degree in Psychology; Autonomous University of Madrid. Psychologist in ITEM Center (Center specializing in Eating Behavior Disorders), Madrid. Psychologist in the López-Nava Obesity Unit from the HM Sanchinarro Hospital (Madrid).
  • Dr. Paola Espinoza Guzman. Doctor in Psychology, Autonomous University of Barcelona. Experience in eating behavior disorders, obesity, altered body image, depression and other phobias.
  • Dr. Silvia Quer. Doctor in Clinical Psychology and Health, Master in Neuroscience and Bachelor in Psychology by the Autonomous University of Barcelona. Master in Clinical Psychology and Health, University of Barcelona.
  • Dr. Susana Martínez. Doctor in Biology. BA in Food Science and Technology Researcher at the Institute of Biomedicine (IBIOMED) of the University of León.
  • Dr. Mercedes Montserrat. Doctor in Quality, Safety and Food Science. Master’s Degree in Introduction to Research in Food Science and Technology Master’s Degree in Nutrigenomics and Customized Nutrition. Degree in Human Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Dr. José Enrique Sirvent Belando. Doctor in Sciences (Nutrition and Bromatology), University of Alicante. Associate Professor of the Analytical Chemistry, Nutrition and Bromatology Department of the University of Alicante.
  • Dr. Priscilla Almeida de Souza. Doctor in Biomedicine, University of Zaragoza. Degree in Human Nutrition and Dietetics and Specialist in Sports Nutrition, Centro Universitário de Belo Horizonte.
  • Dr. Sandra Sumalla. Doctor in Health and Nutrition Projects. Dietician-Nutricionist and Food Technologist. Master's Degree in Applied Nutrition and Dietetics and Master's Degree in Physical Activity: Training and Sports Management. Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences.
  • Dr. Iñaki Elío. Doctor in Health and Nutrition Projects. Dietician-Nutricionist. Specialization in Management of Catering and Commercial Catering. Master's Degree in Nutrition and Metabolism. Academic Director of the Undergraduate in Human Nutrition and Dietetics. Research in health, food, nutrition and metabolism. Hospital Nutrition expert.
  • Dr. Nelly Orozco. Doctor in Public Health Sciences and Degree in Nutrition from the University of Guadalajara Mexico. Professor-Researcher in the International Iberoamerican University.
  • Dr. Leire Bravo. Doctor with international merit in Food Quality and Safety. Master’s Degree in Food Quality and Safety with excellence. Bachelor’s Degree in Food Science and Technology and Degree in Human Nutrition and Dietetics, University of Basque Country. Her research is focused on the evaluation of nutritional and sensory quality of animal-origin foods using chromatography.
  • Dr. Rosa E. Yáñez. Master’s Degree and PhD in Nutrition and Metabolism, Master’s Degree with a specialization in Nutrigenomics and Functional Foods, Rovira i Virgili University from Tarragona (Spain). Certification in Education in Diabetes.
  • Dr. Andrea Corrales Pardo. Doctor in Physiology and Pharmacology, University of Cantabria. Master’s Degree in Molecular Biology and Biomedicine (University of the Basque Country and the University of Cantabria). Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology and SIPD. Degree in Biology (University of Oviedo) and Undergraduate in Psychology (UNED). Professor of Physiology at the European University of the Atlantic.
  • Dr. Marcos Hernández Suárez. Doctor in Physiology and Pharmacology, University of Cantabria. Master’s Degree in Molecular Biology and Biomedicine (University of the Basque Country and the University of Cantabria). Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology and SIPD. Degree in Biology (University of Oviedo) and Undergraduate in Psychology (UNED). Professor of Physiology at the European University of the Atlantic.
  • Dr (c). Irma Domínguez Azpíroz. Doctor in Education (in process). International Master's Degree in Nutrition and Applied Dietetics, University of León Master’s Degree in Physical Activity: Training and Sports Management from the UNINI. Degree in Nutrition and Applied Dietetics from the University of León.
  • Dr. Anna Marín. Doctoral candidate in Education, International Iberoamerican University. Master's Degree in Nutrition and Dietetics, specialization in Nutrition and Physical Activity, University of León. Degree in Human Nutrition and Dietetics, University of Barcelona.
  • Dr. Sandra Jarrín. Doctor in Education at UNINI. Master's Degree in Biological-Naturist Studies by the University of León. Bachelor's Degree in Nutrition and Dietetics at the Scientific University of the South.
  • Dr. Marina Rojo. Doctor in Education (in process). MSc. in Translational Medicine from the University of Barcelona. Master (c) in Food Safety from the UnADM. Specialist in Educational Technology and Degree in Nutrition by the Autonomous University of the State of Hidalgo.
  • Dr (c). Javier Serrano. Doctor in Nutrition (in process). Master in Sports Nutrition from the University Del Valle, Mexico in agreement with the European University of Real Madrid. Bachelor’s Degree in Nutrition from the Guadalupe Victoria University. Certified as a Personal Trainer by the University of Sports.
  • Dr. Sandra Gervilla Barbero. Master’s Degree in Physical activity and Health, specialization in Sports Rehabilitation and Readaptation, Institut Nacional d’Educació Física de Catalunya (INEFC). Degree in Human Nutrition and Dietetics, University of Lleida.
  • Dr (c). Lidia Henriques Rego. Doctoral Candidate in Education. Specialization in mourning (Humanize). Master’s Degree in Palliative Care, Portuguese Catholic University. Bachelor’s Degree in Clinical Psychology, University of Lisbon.
  • Dr (c). Lucibel Vásquez. Doctor in Social Intervention, University of Barcelona. Master’s Degree in Psychogerontology, University of Barcelona. Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of San Martín de Porres de Lima.

FUNIBER Training Scholarships

The Iberoamerican University Foundation (FUNIBER) periodically destines financial resources of an extraordinary nature for the FUNIBER Scholarships.

To apply, please fill out the information request form that appears in the FUNIBER website or directly contact the Foundation’s office in your country who will inform you if you need to provide any additional information.

Once the documentation is received, the Evaluation Committee will determine your application's eligibility for the FUNIBER Scholarship.