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Olatz Lopez-Fernandez

Lecturer/Senior Lecturer

School of Social Sciences

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Lecturer at undergraduate, postgraduate and PhD levels.

Researcher at the IGRU, and Psychology Department at NTU. Also, affiliated with the Catholic University of Louvain (UcL) in the Laboratory of Experimental Psychopathology.

Member of the Ethics Committee of the School of Social Sciences at NTU, and the Teaching and Research Committees in the Psychology Department at NTU.

Career overview

Dr Olatz Lopez-Fernandez joined the Psychology Department and IGRU Unit at NTU as Senior Lecturer in 2016, following her post as a Senior Researcher with an Intra-European Fellowship Marie Curie at UcL. Prior to this she was a tenure-track Lecturer in Psychology at University of Barcelona (UB). Prior to completing her PhDs in Pedagogy and Psychology at UB, she taught at University of Valencia, Open University of Catalonia, amongst other Universities; she also carried out research in educational technology and technological (behavioural) addictions at the University College London (UCL), Iowa State University (ISU), among other higher education institutions.

This background allowed her to foster her interest and skills in how technologies could (positively and negatively) influence human behaviours. She completed her BScs in Psychology and Audio-visual Communication with specialisations in health psychology and educational technology. Similarly, her MSc degrees in Psychotherapy of children, adolescents and adults, Teaching in Higher Education, and Methodology in behavioural and health sciences, founded the basis for her academic research and teaching duties, as well as in her areas of interest that were developed through PhDs and a Marie Curie postdoctoral programme before joining NTU.

Research areas

Dr Olatz Lopez-Fernandez' research concerns the educational and psychological aspects of Internet and technology uses. She is interested in understanding potentially addictive behaviours influenced by the use of technologies and online contents in different populations (from community to clinic samples alongside the life span). She is a keen academic, has published many peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters and reports, and regularly presents her research at national and international conferences.

She uses a diverse range of methodologies and used to work by projects (the most recent being the ‘Tech Use Disorders’, FP7-PEOPLE-2013-IEF; ID 627999). She recently obtained NTU QR funding for a project titled ‘Internet and mobile phone addiction: Cross-cultural epidemiological studies’. She collaborates with several research groups and researchers from more than 10 countries in Europe and America.

External activity

Dr Olatz Lopez-Fernandez has presented over a hundred conference communications, round-tables and posters across Europe, America, and Asia. She has also been a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Valencia, Spain. She has acted as external jury for PhD doctoral thesis at the University Rovira and Virgili and University of Ramon LLull, Spain.

Sponsors and collaborators

Prof. Mark D. Griffiths, Dr. Daria J. Kuss, Dr. Halley Pontes: International Gaming Research Unit; and, Prof. Thom Baguley, Psychology Department. Nottingham Trent University (United Kingdom).

Prof. Joël Billieux: Laboratory for Experimental Psychopathology, Psychological Sciences Research Institute, Université Catholique de Louvain (Belgium) & Institute for Health and Behavior. Integrative Research Unit on Social and Individual Development (INSIDE), University of Luxembourg (Luxembourg).

Dr. Sophia A. Achab & Prof. Daniel Zullino, Department of Psychiatry- Research unit addictive disorders, University of Geneva (Switzerland) &

Department of Mental Health and Psychiatry - Addiction Division, University Hospitals of Geneva (Switzerland); Dr. Lucien Rochat: Cognitive Psychopathology and Neuropsychology Unit, Department of psychology and educational sciences, University of Geneva, Geneva (Switzerland).

Prof. Lucia Romo, Dr. Yannick Morvan, and Dr. Laurence Kern: CLIPSYD Lab and UFR STAPS, Psychology, University Paris-Nanterre La Défense (France). Prof. Pierluigi Graziani: LPS EA 849 Aix-Marseille University and University of Nîmes, (France); Prof. Amélie Rousseau and Dr. Pierre Taquet:  Psychology Department, PSITEC EA 4074, University Lille Nord, Lille, France

Prof. Adriano Schimmenti and Dr.  Alessia Passanisi: Faculty of Human and Social Sciences, UKE - Kore University of Enna (Italy).

Dr. Bernadeta Lelonek: Department of Family Science and Social Work; and, Dr. Joanna Chwaszcz: Department of Psychology. John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin (Poland)

Prof. Hans-Jürgen Rumpf, Dr. Anja.Bischof and MSc. Ann-Kathrin Gässler: Department for Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, University of Lübeck (Germany).

Prof. Zsolt Demetrovics and Dr.Orsolya Kyrali: Department of Clinical Psychology and Addiction, Eötvös Loránd University (Hungary).

MSc. Nikko Männikö: RDI services, Oulu University of Applied Sciences (Finland); Prof. Maria Kääriäinen: Department of Nursing - Research Unit of Nursing Science and Health Management, University of Oulu and Oulu University Hospital (Finland)

Prof. Nils Inge Landro: Clinical Neuroscience Research Group, Department of Psychology, University of Oslo (Norway).

Prof. Emilia Serra and Dr. Juan José Zacarés: Department of Developmental and Educational Psychology; and, Dr. Mariano Chóliz: Department of Basic Psychology. University of Valencia (Spain)

Prof. Magali Dufour: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, University of Sherbrooke (Canada).

Dr. Julia Hormes: Department of Psychology, University at Albany, State University of New York (United States).

Dr. Eva Suryani: Psychiatry, Medical Faculty, Atma Jaya Catholic University (Indonesia).

Dr. Javier Ponce Terashima and MSc. Kim Hoffman: International Center for Advanced Research and Applied Science (Perú).

MSc. Vega González and Dr. Juanjo Santamaría: Atención e investigación de socioadicciones, National Health System, Behavioural Addictions, Barcelona (Spain).

MSc. Fulvia Prever: National Health System, Behavioural Addictions, Milan (Italy) (Spain).

Prof. José Francisco Molina: Department of Management, University of Alicante (Spain).

Prof. Niki E. Davis: College of Education, University of Canterbury, New Zealand); Dr. Kleopatra Nikolopoulou, University of Athens (Greece).


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Course(s) I teach on

  • Student using laptop
    Postgraduate taught / Professional | Full-time / Part-time | 2018

  • MSc Cyberpsychology
    Postgraduate taught | Full-time / Part-time | 2018