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Interventions for promotion autonomy, reducing BPSD and caregivers distress

Our organisation type is:: University

We are active in the following Technologies: Design, Field trials / living lab, Tertiary end-users: public sector service organizers, social security systems, insurance companies, Learning & Training, Communication / Dissemination / Marketing, Impact assessment

Applications: Health & wellness, Hobbies , Home care, Skills enhancement

I'm the director of the research team Cuidemos, based in the Universidad Rey Juan Carlos. We have experience in Randomized Controlled Trials for testing the efficacy of psychosocial interventions for training dementia family caregivers in skills for reducing care-recipients' behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia, promoting autonomy and behavioral activation, and psychological interventions for reducing caregivers' distress (CBT and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy). We have also expertise in the development and psychometric analysis of assessment scales such as the Caregiver Guilt Questtionarie, the Dysfunctional Thoughts about Caregiving Scale or the Experiential Avoidance in Caregiving Scale. We have also experience in cross-cultural research.

Some of our recent publications are:

- Losada, A., Márquez-González, M., Romero-Moreno, R., Mausbach, B., López, J., Fernández-Fernández, V. & Nogales-González, C. (submitted-2nd review). Title: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) versus Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) for dementia family caregivers: results of a randomized clinical trial. Submitted for publication (under second review).

- Losada, A., Márquez-González, M., Pachana, N.A., Wetherell, J.L., Fernández-Fernández, V., Nogales-González, C., & Ruiz-Díaz, M. (in press). Behavioral correlates of anxiety in well-functioning older adults. International Psychogeriatrics.

- Nogales-González, C., Losada, A., & Romero-Moreno, R. (in press). Confirmatory factor analysis of the Spanish version of The Revised Memory and Behavior Problems Checklist. International Psychogeriatrics. 

- Losada, A., Márquez-González, M., Romero-Moreno, R. & López, J. (2014). Development and Validation of the Experiential Avoidance in Caregiving Questionnaire (EACQ). Aging & Mental Health, 18, 897-904. 

- Nogales-González, C., Losada, A., Márquez-González, M., & Zarit, S.H. (2014). Behavioral intervention for reducing resistance in care recipients to attending Adult Day Care Centers: a pilot study. Clinical Gerontologist, 37, 493-505. 

- Romero-Moreno, R., Losada, A., Márquez-González, M., Laidlaw, K., Fernández-Fernández, V., Nogales-González, C., & López, J. (2014). Leisure, gender and kinship in dementia caregiving: psychological vulnerability of caregiving daughters with feelings of guilt. The Journals of Gerontology, Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences, 69, 502-513.

Recent projects:

- Current: Project title: Structured individual psychological intervention vs. modular intervention guided by functional analysis for dementia family caregivers (PSI2012-31293). Funding Source: Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness. Budget: 73.000 Euros. PI: Andrés Losada Baltar.

- January 2010-december2012. Project title: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy vs. Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy for dementia caregivers: analysis of its efficacy on the basis of their cognitive-emotional profile (PSI2009-08132). Funding source: Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation (MICINN). Budget: 127.413 Euros. PI: Andrés Losada Baltar.

Contact details


Andres Losada, Ph.D.
Phone: +34 914888941


Universidad Rey Juan Carlos
Avda. de Atenas s/n. Madrid - Spain, 28922 Madrid