The Scientific Committee is a body created by the Council of Government of the Instituto de Salud Mental de la Abogacía – Mental Health Institute of Legal Professionals (ISMA-MHILP) to ascertain lawyers’ and law students’ state of mental health through surveys and interviews, as well as identifying which are the psychosocial risk factors of these collectives (Phase 1: Radiography of legal professions and law students).
Furthermore, on the basis of Phase 2: to foster lawyers’ and law students’ wellbeing, the Scientific Committee is the body which validates the mental health contents in university programs (Law Degree and LL.M. for the Access to the Bar Association) to law schools and legal training centers, as well as in the courses organized by bar associations and law students associations.
In particular, the functions of the Scientific Committee of the ISMA-MHILP will be:
- Drafting the Legal Professions Wellbeing Survey and the Law Students’ Wellbeing Survey.
- Preparing annual surveys designed to keep a continued control of the evolution of legal professionals’ and law students’ mental health situation, as well as the reports analyzing the results of such surveys.
- Drafting reports, fact sheets, and divulgation materials regarding mental health, which will be public and for free.
- Drafting of the Framework Report on the Legal Professionals’ and Law Students’ Mental Health Situation, which, will include the results of the above-mentioned surveys, as well as an exhausted analysis on legal professionals’ and law students’ mental health situation.
The Scientific Committee is a body which is composed of nine members, who will be psychologists and psychiatrists. The President and the Vice President of ISMA-MHILP will be able to attend all meetings of this body, without voting stock.
Member: Jéssica Ahumada Masip
Jéssica Ahumada Masip is graduated in Psychology, Master in General Health Psychology from the University of Barcelona and member of the Official College of Psychology of Catalonia (nº 25283).
She currently collaborates with the TOC 2.0 Association; Asociación para la rehabilitación de las personas con enfermedad mental (Arep); and the Trencar Stigma Commission. In addition, she has skills on social determinants that affect health, and her actions take into account the gender perspective.
Member: Francisco Jose Eiroa-Orosa
Dr. Francisco Jose Eiroa-Orosa completed his psychology degree at the Autonomous University of Madrid (UAM) while working with children in social risk, adolescents in juvenile detention centres and people with intellectual disabilities. His degree dissertation concerned social change and mental health in the context of the Eastern and Central European political transformation in the early ’90s. He completed a Masters in Clinical and Health Psychology, mainly focused in clinical practice, at the same university.
Francisco made further training in clinical practice and research in mental health in the University Hospital Eppendorf, in Hamburg, Germany. He also joined the Centre for Interdisciplinary Addiction Research of the Hamburg University, where he participated in the German model project of heroin-assisted treatment of opioid dependent patients. His PhD dissertation, defended at the University Hospital Vall d’Hebron at the Autonomous University of Barcelona, where he has been working as a psychologist for four years, addressed heroin assisted treatment from a psychosocial point of view.
He worked at the Department of Clinical Psychology at the University of Edinburgh during 2013 and the University of East London between 2013 and 2016 as a Senior Lecturer in Positive Psychology and International Humanitarian Psychosocial Intervention.
Francisco now holds a Marie Skłodowska-Curie fellowship at the universities of Barcelona and Yale in which he is exploring how the relation of social change and psychosocial well-being can be used to influence policy and practice in mental health.