Principal Investigators

Josep M. Haro


Epidemiology of mental health disorders and ageing

Research Interest


This programme focuses on the epidemiology of mental disorders and the analysis of treatment results. The research interest includes studies on the prevalence and impact of disorders on the general population and the treatment of mental disorders in primary care, studies on the determinants of healthy ageing, analyzing both the impact of physical and mental comorbidity and the effect of social and environmental aspects, and the research of the consequences of mental disorders on patients’ functioning and quality of life and on their impact on society at large.

Active Projects


    • EDHEN: European Health Data and Evidence Network. European Health Data & Evidence Network. PFE00082. Josep M. Haro.


    • Factores sociales, de estilo de vida, comorbilidad física y factores genéticos como causas de depresión en una población envejecida. Ministerio de Ciencia, Innovación y Universidades. PI19/00088. Josep M. Haro.


    • Impacte i factors de risc dels trastorns mentals. Agència de Gestió d’Ajuts Universitaris i de Recerca. 2017SGR1361. Josep M. Haro.


    • Improving the Preparedness of Health Systems to Reduce Mental Health and Psychosocial Concerns resulting from the COVID-19 Pandemic (RESPOND). European Union. SC1-PHECORONAVIRUS- 2020-2C. 101016127. Josep M. Haro.


    • MIO: Migration Impact On health. Fundació ‘La Caixa’. SR21-00779. Josep M. Haro.


    • PERsonalised MedicIne Trials. European Union. 874825. Josep M. Haro.


    • Remote Assessment of Disease and Relapse in Central Nervous System
    • Disorders. European Union. IMI2-2015-03-01. 115902. Josep M. Haro.


    • SYNCHROS: SYNergies for Cohorts in Health: integrating the Role of all Stakeholders. European Union. 825884. Josep M. Haro.


    • Xarxa d’Innovació de Noves Tecnologies en Salut Mental – TECSAM. Departament d’Empresa i Coneixement. Generalitat de Catalunya. 2018 XARDI 00010. Josep M. Haro.


    • 4 Confidential agreements.

Selected Publications


    • Afia, A. B., Vila, È., MacDowell, K. S., Ormazabal, A., Leza, J. C., Haro, J. M., Artuch, R., Ramos, B., & Garcia-Bueno, B. (2021). Kynurenine pathway in post-mortem prefrontal cortex and cerebellum in schizophrenia: relationship with monoamines and symptomatology. Journal of Neuroinflammation, 18(1), 198. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12974-021-02260-6


    • Ayuso-Mateos, J. L., Morillo, D., Haro, J. M., Olaya, B., Lara, E., & Miret, M. (2021). Changes in depression and suicidal ideation under severe lockdown restrictions during the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in Spain: a longitudinal study in the general population. Epidemiology and Psychiatric Sciences, 30, e49. https://doi.org/10.1017/S2045796021000408


    • Cabello, M., Rico-Uribe, L. A., Martinez-Ávila, J. C., Sánchez-Niubò, A., Caballero, F. F., Borges, G., Mellor-Marsá, B., Haro, J. M., Prina, M., Koskinen, S., & Ayuso-Mateos, J. L. (2021). The role of ageing in the wish to be dead: disentangling age, period and cohort effects in suicide ideation in European population. Epidemiology and Psychiatric Sciences, 30, e17. https://doi.org/10.1017/S2045796021000020


    • de la Torre-Luque, A., Lara, E., de la Fuente, J., Rico-Uribe, L. A.,Caballero, F. F., Lopez-Garcia, P., Sanchez-Niubo, A., Bobak, M., Koskinen, S., Haro, J. M., & Ayuso-Mateos, J. L. (2021). Metabolic dysregulation in older adults with depression and loneliness: The ATHLOS study. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 123, 104918. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.psyneuen.2020.104918


    • Felez-Nobrega, M., Bort-Roig, J., Ma, R., Romano, E., Faires, M., Stubbs, B., Stamatakis, E., Olaya, B., Haro, J. M., Smith, L., Shin, J. I., Kim, M. S., & Koyanagi, A. (2021). Light-intensity physical activity and mental ill health: a systematic review of observational studies in the general population. The international Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 18(1), 123. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12966-021-01196-7


    • Felez-Nobrega, M., Haro, J. M., Stubbs, B., Smith, L., & Koyanagi, A. (2021). Moving more, ageing happy: findings from six lowand middle-income countries. Age and Ageing, 50(2), 488–497. https://doi.org/10.1093/ageing/afaa137


    • Fernández, D., Giné-Vázquez, I., Liu, I., Yucel, R., Nai Ruscone, M., Morena, M., García, V. G., Haro, J. M., Pan, W., & Tyrovolas, S. (2021). Are environmental pollution and biodiversity levels associated to the spread and mortality of COVID-19? A fourmonth global analysis. Environmental Pollution, 271, 116326. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envpol.2020.116326


    • Jacob, L., Smith, L., Koyanagi, A., Haro, J. M., Konrad, M., Tanislav, C., & Kostev, K. (2021). Is there an association between multiple sclerosis and osteoarthritis in Germany? A retrospective cohort study of 8,600 patients from Germany. Multiple Sclerosis Journal – Experimental, Translational and Clinical, 7(2), 20552173211022784. https://doi.org/10.1177/20552173211022784


    • Lara, E., Martín-María, N., Miret, M., Olaya, B., Haro, J. M., & Ayuso-Mateos, J. L. (2021). Is there a combined effect of depression and cognitive reserve on cognitive function? Findings from a population-based study. Psychology & Health, 1–16. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1080/08870446.2021.1927030


    • Martín-María, N., Lara, E., Cabello, M., Olaya, B., Haro, J. M., Miret, M., & Ayuso-Mateos, J. L. (2021). To be happy and behave in a healthier way. A longitudinal study about gender differences in the older population. Psychology & Health, 1–17. https://doi.org/10.1080/08870446.2021.1960988


    • Martinez-Hernaez, A., Bekele, D., Sabariego, C., Rodríguez- Laso, Á., Vorstenbosch, E., Rico-Uribe, L. A., Ayuso-Mateos, J. L., Sánchez-Niubò, A., Rodríguez-Mañas, L., & Haro, J. M. (2021). The Structural and Intercultural Competence for Epidemiological Studies (SICES) guidelines: a 22-item checklist. BMJ Global Health, 6(4), e005237. https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjgh-2021-005237


    • Mortier, P., Vilagut, G., Ferrer, M., Serra, C., Molina, J. D., López-Fresneña, N., Puig, T., Pelayo-Terán, J. M., Pijoan, J. I., Emparanza, J. I., Espuga, M., Plana, N., González-Pinto, A., Ortí-Lucas, R. M., de Salázar, A. M., Rius, C., Aragonès, E., Del Cura-González, I., Aragón-Peña, A., Campos, M., … MINDCOVID Working Group (2021). Thirty-day suicidal thoughts and behaviors among hospital workers during the first wave of the Spain COVID-19 outbreak. Depression and Anxiety, 38(5), 528–544. https://doi.org/10.1002/da.23129


    • Nierenberg, A. A., Harris, M. G., Kazdin, A. E., Puac-Polanco, V., Sampson, N., Vigo, D. V., Chiu, W. T., Ziobrowski, H. N., Alonso, J., Altwaijri, Y., Borges, G., Bunting, B., Caldas-de-Almeida, J. M., Haro, J. M., Hu, C. Y., Kiejna, A., Lee, S., McGrath, J. J., Navarro- Mateu, F., Posada-Villa, J., … WHO World Mental Health Survey Collaborators (2021). Perceived helpfulness of bipolar disorder treatment: Findings from the World Health Organization World Mental Health Surveys. Bipolar Disorders, 23(6), 565–583. https://doi.org/10.1111/bdi.13066


    • Roest, A. M., de Vries, Y. A., Al-Hamzawi, A., Alonso, J., Ayinde, O. O., Bruffaerts, R., Bunting, B., Caldas de Almeida, J. M., de Girolamo, G., Degenhardt, L., Florescu, S., Gureje, O., Haro, J. M., Hu, C., Karam, E. G., Kiejna, A., Kovess-Masfety, V., Lee, S., McGrath, J. J., Medina-Mora, M. E., … WHO World Mental Health Survey collaborators (2021). Previous disorders and depression outcomes in individuals with 12-month major depressive disorder in the World Mental Health surveys. Epidemiology and Psychiatric Sciences, 30, e70. https://doi.org/10.1017/S2045796021000573


    • Smith, L., Jacob, L., Barnett, Y., Butler, L. T., Shin, J. I., López-Sánchez, G. F., Soysal, P., Veronese, N., Haro, J. M., & Koyanagi, A. (2021). Association between Food Insecurity and Sarcopenia among Adults Aged ≥65 Years in Low- and Middle-Income Countries. Nutrients, 13(6), 1879. https://doi.org/10.3390/nu13061879