MARIANA BERNAL, M.SC.

Professor of Introduction to Psychology

Education
  • MS, Psychopedagogy, Universidad Internacional de la Rioja.
  • MS, Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Oriented to the Public Mental Health Network, Universidad de Barcelona.
  • MS, Application of Dynamic Psychology to Assessment, Treatment and Research, Universidad de Barcelona.
  • BS, Psychology, Universidad Iberoamericana Mexico City.

Teaching Specialties
  • Psychology.
  • Psychological assessment.
  • Psychological disorders.
  • Personality: Theory and measurement.
  • Psychoanalytic theory.

Research Interests
  • Methods of therapy.
  • Instruments for psychological assessment.
  • Social impact of mental health policies.
  • Public health network and psychoanalysis.
  • Mental health in society.

Affiliations
AEPSI (Asociación de Egresados de Psicología de la Universidad Iberoamericana) – Association of Psychology Graduates (Universidad Iberoamericana)

Biography
Clinical Psychologist who, along with her private practice as psychodynamic psychotherapist, enjoys teaching, learning, and research. Prior to becoming a faculty member at the Arkansas State University Campus Queretaro, she taught at the Psychology Faculty of Universidad de Londres (Querétaro) courses such as Psychopathology, Projective Tests, Theories of Personality and General and special theory of psychosis. She has published and presented articles regarding public health concerns from a mental health approach.

Prof. Bernal got her Bachelor’s Degree on Psychology at Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City where she got an awarded testimony for outstanding performance obtained in the General Exam for the Graduate Degree in Psychology. She has 3 Master’s Degrees, two of them from Universidad de Barcelona in Spain, where she lived for 4 years prior to starting her teaching career. During those 4 years, she collaborated at a mental health institution (Fundació Sanitaria Sant Pere Claver) learning and practicing several ways in which psychoanalysis can be effectively applied in the public health network. During this time, she did diagnosis interviews and psychological assessment at the Primary Health Care Center and the Adult Mental Health Center. She was also a co-therapist in a parallel group program with children at the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Center, an adult psychotherapist (Focal and Brief Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy) and family co-therapist in the Adult Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Unit. She participated as a Collaborator in a multifamily group of patients with incipient psychosis and as an observer in Diagnostic Care Groups. She also worked as research assistant in two projects (currently unpublished) regarding psychoanalytic psychotherapy and a psychodynamic instrument for psychological assessment.

As soon as she finished her second Master’s in Barcelona she moved back to Mexico with the strong determination of working on developing mental health programs that would improve quality of life of vulnerable groups on Mexico with no access to mental healthcare services. Once back in Mexico she started her third Master’s Degree on Psychopedagogy through an online course of the Universidad Internacional de la Rioja, experience that familiarized her with the use of technologies (ICT) in learning.

Prof. Bernal has always been interested in public health and the development of vulnerable populations and communities, she considers herself as someone committed towards her culture, country and her fellow citizens’ development. That’s why on 2015 she paired up with Partners in Health Mexico for a project of collaboration with rural communities on Chiapas, Mexico. Through a brief, but fructiferous intervention, she, along with Catalan psychoanalist and former co-worker MS Carla Mañós, designed a program of conferences and training regarding mental health issues and therapeutic bonds for community companions, resident doctors who perform their social service at this communities, and family members of patients with severe mental disorders.
Contact Information
Tel. 01419 6893054
Email: mbernalserrano@astate.edu