Elena GervillaUniversity of the Balearic Islands, Spain
Prevention of alcohol use and abuse among adolescents and youngsters in Europe
Elena Gervilla received her PhD in Psychology from the University of Santiago de Compostela (Spain). The title of the dissertation was “Application of data mining processes to deviant behaviour”. She also finished an MSc in Psychopathology and a postgraduate degree in Statistics (both at the Autonomous University of Barcelona) and an MSc in Prevention and Rehabilitation of Addictive Behaviors (at the Catholic University of Valencia, Spain). Dr Gervilla currently works at the University of the Balearic Islands, Spain, where she is an Associate Professor at the Area of Methodology of Behavioural Sciences and the Secretary of the Department of Psychology. Besides, she contributes as a course instructor with the Open University of Catalonia. Her previous experience includes teaching and research tasks in the area of Methodology and Statistics at the Autonomous University of Barcelona. The research she develops focuses on adolescent and youth drug use prevention. She is especially interested on the improvement of the quality of the data collection as well as the implementation of data mining techniques that allow to model substance use behaviour in the social natural environment. She is especially interested in the implementation of data mining techniques to improve our knowledge on the risk and protective factors of drug use in youth, as well as the transcultural use of valid and reliable measurements in this field. In addition, Elena is a researcher in the Research Group in Data Analysis (GRAD) at the University of the Balearic Islands (UIB), collaborates closely with the European Institute of Studies on Prevention (IREFREA, Spain) in the development and implementation of research projects and is an active early-career member of the European Society for Prevention Research (EUSPR).