Full Professor of Psychobiology in the Faculty of Psychology at the University of Valencia (Spain). Her research activity focuses on studying the neurobiological bases of drug addiction, especially to cocaine and alcohol. She has published over 130 papers in scientific journals and manages many collaboration projects with the Principe Felipe Research Centre, Pompeu Fabra University, and Monash University, among other institutions. Some of her most important works address the impact of stress in drug abuse and, more recently, the role of diet as a vulnerability factor in the development of addiction.
Foods that are rich in fats and sugars are pleasurable because they stimulate our reward circuits, the same circuits that are activated by drugs. In a context in which unhealthy diets and drug abuse are common from adolescence, it is important to investigate their consequences.