Carlos A. Almenara, PhD
Eating Behavior - Body Image - Cyberpsychology - eHealth
I am a cognitive-behavioral psychologist working as a full-time professor researcher at Universidad Peruana de Ciencias Aplicadas (Lima, Peru), and founder of the research lab: Cybermind Lab.
My major interests are eating behavior and body image although right now I am developing my career interests within the field of neuroscience and computational sciences.
My interest for eating behavior started in the early 2000s when I was studying psychology in Peru. At that time I started to visit a hospital which provides treatment for people with Anorexia Nervosa, a truly complex condition that fascinated me for the next five years.
Then, when I moved to Padova (Italy) in 2006 I felt in love with the passion italians put on food and cooking. I spent almost two years learning about food, food history, and eating well under Luigi Cornaro's rule of measure and sobriety.
Later in 2008 I moved to Barcelona (Catalonia, Spain) to specialize in psychological research and to work with a research group focused on the prevention of eating- and weight-related problems. This time, I felt in love with both the city and the catalonian food culture. During that time, I learnt a lot about doing scientific research and I got my MSc and PhD (cum laude) at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, under the supervision of my mentor, David Sánchez-Carracedo.
Unfortunately, the financial crisis pushed me in 2012 to move again. Luckily I found a challenging but great opportunity to work as a postdoc in Brno (Czech Republic). There, I felt like at home and had the opportunity to work with renowned researchers Petr Macek and David Šmahel.
After a total of almost 10 years, I came back to Peru in 2015 and one year later I started working as a postdoc researcher at Universidad Peruana de Ciencias Aplicadas (UPC).
I invite you to see the rest of my website to know more about my research interests!