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Prof Noemí Pereda, a tenured associate professor of Victimology at the University of Barcelona, Spain, will be visiting the Violence Research Centre, at the Institute of Criminology, for three months. She will join the research group directed by Prof Eisner. She says: 

“With the Institute's expertise in both criminology and victimology, it would be the ideal location for my projects on child and adolescent victimization. Furthermore, I wish to work alongside Prof Manuel Eisner in particular as he is a world-leading expert in criminology. My visit is sponsored by a competitive grant from the Spanish government (Salvador de Madariaga)."

Prof Pereda heads the Research Group on Child and Adolescent Victimization (GReVIA) since 2009. Her area of research is closely linked to the impact of trauma exposure on children and adolescents. She is interested in research on maltreatment, including aspects related to resilience and protective factors that affect the impact of trauma exposure.    

She adds: “Recently, I have become interested in violence prevention and the impact of research on public policies. My teaching, at both undergraduate and graduate levels, has been related to victimology and the psychology of child maltreatment and abuse. As I have also worked as a clinician with sexually abused children, my research, teaching and clinical work are closely linked."

Prof Pereda has been PI of several competitive research projects in the field of developmental victimology funded by the World Health Organization, the Spanish Government and other public and private agencies. She has published several papers about the effects of violence on children and youth in Spanish and Latin American journals.

She has been Temporary Advisor for the Government of Chile, Subsecretary of Crime Prevention on the National survey on poly-victimization in children and adolescents, and also for the World Health Organization’s Regional Office for Europe for the study of child and adolescent victimization in Spain. She is an external consultant in violence against children and youth for the NGO Save the Children - Spain and member of the Catalan Ombudsman’s Advisory Council for the Prevention of Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or Humiliating Sentences. Her most recent papers include:

  • Pereda, N., Gallardo-Pujol, D., & Guilera, G. (2018). Good practices in the assessment of victimization: The Spanish adaptation of the Juvenile Victimization Questionnaire. Psychology of Violence, 8(1), 76–86.
  • Pérez-González, A., Pereda, N., Guilera, G., Abad, J., & Finkelhor, D. (2018). The role of resilience on psychological adjustment in victims of caregiver abuse. Psychology of Violence, 8(2), 163–171. 
  • Segura, A., Pereda, N., & Guilera, G. (2018). Poly-victimization from different methodological approaches using the Juvenile Victimization Questionnaire: Are we identifying the same victims? Journal of Trauma & Dissociation, 19(3), 289–306.

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