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Dr Ferran Marsa Sambola

Senior Lecturer (Psychology & ECS)

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Dr Ferran Marsa Sambola

T: 01473 338485

Career Overview & Research Interests

Ferran is an HCPC registered Clinical and Health Psychologist.

Ferran’s research interests focus on the following areas: Dual diagnosis in intellectual disability and Family burden; Schizophrenia; Bipolar disorders, Addictions and Child and Adolescent Health.

Honours or awards

Senior Fellow (Higher Education Academy, 2017).

Applied Practice Supervisor (British Psychological Society, 2017).

Associate Fellow (British Psychological Society, 2017).



Marsa-Sambola, F. (2018). The Individual & Self-Identity. In A. Boggis (Ed). Disabled Childhoods. London, UK: Palgrave.

Marsa-Sambola, F., Williams, J., Muldoon, J., Lawrence, A., Connor, M., & Currie, C. (2017). Quality of life and adolescents’ communication with their significant others (mother, father, and best friend): the mediating effect of attachment to pets. Attachment & Human Development, Latest Articles. DOI: 10.1080/14616734.2017.1293702.

Marsa-Sambola, F., Williams, J., Muldoon, J., Lawrence, A., Connor, M., Roberts, C., Brooks, F., & Currie, C. (2016). Sociodemographics of pet ownership among adolescents in Great Britain: findings from the HBSC Study in England, Scotland, and Wales. Anthrozoös, 29(4), 559-580. DOI: 10.1080/08927936.2016.1228756

Marsa –Sambola F, Muldoon, J., Williams, J., Lawrence, A., Connor, M., & Currie, C. (2015). The Short Attachment to Pets Scale (SAPS) for Children and Young People: Development, Psychometric Qualities and Demographic and Health Associations. Child Indicators Research. DOI 10.1007/s12187-015-9303-9.


Nutt, R., Gilchrist, G., Marsa-Sambola, F., & Baldacchino, A. (2017). Staff regard towards working with patients with co-morbid depression and substance misuse: An exploratory study. Heroin Addiction And Related Clinical Problems, 19(2), 5-16.

Corazza, O., Assi, S., Simonato, P., Corkery, J., Bersani, S., Demetrovics, Z., Stair J,, Fergus, S., Pezzolesi, C., Pasinetti, M., Deluca, P., Drummond, C., Davey, Z., Blaszko, U., Moskalewicz, J., Mervo, B., Furia, L.D., Farre, M., Flesland, L., Pisarska, A., Shapiro, H., Siemann, H., Skutle, A., Sferrazza, E., Torrens, M.,  Marsa Sambola, F., van der Kreeft, P., Scherbaum, N., Schifano, F. (2013). Promoting innovation and excellence to face the rapid diffusion of Novel Psychoactive Substances in the EU: the outcomes of the ReDNet project. Human  Psychopharmacology, 28(4):317-23. doi: 10.1002/hup.2299


Farreny, A., Aguado, J., Ochoa, S., Huerta, E., Marsà-Sambola, F., López-Carrilero, R., Carral, V., Haro, J.M., and Usall, J. (2012). REPYFLEC: cognitive remediation group training in schizophrenia. Single-blind randomized controlled trial. Schizophrenia Research. DOI: 10.1016/j.schres.2012.08.035.

Olaya, B., Marsà-Sambola F.,  Ochoa, S., Balanzá-Martínez, V., Barbeito-Resa, S.,  García-Portilla, MP., González-Pinto, A., Lobo, A.,  López-Antón, R.,  Usall J.,  the EITA group, & Haro, JM. (2012). Development of the affective disorders insight scale (EITA): modification from the scale to assess unawareness of mental disorder. Journal of Affective Disorders. DOI:10.1016/j.jad.2012.03.041.

Irazábal, M., Marsà-Sambola, F., García, M., Gutiérrez-Recacha, P., Martorell, A., Salvador-Carulla, L., Ochoa, S. (2012). Family burden related to clinical and functional variables of people with intellectual disability with and without a mental disorder. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 11, 796-803.

Martorell, A., Gutiérrez-Recacha, P., Irazábal, M., Marsà,-Sambola F., García, M. (2011). Family impact in intellectual disability, severe mental health disorders and mental health disorders in ID: a comparison. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 32, 2847-2852.