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A. Ghita (Alexandra)

Assistant Professor

About Me

My focus in terms of research reflects the applications of digital health in the assessment and treatment of addictive behaviours and comorbid mental health disorders. Technologies like virtual reality (VR) and eye-tracking (ET) enable the communities of researchers and clinicians to complement existing methods applied in clinical and health psychology. Craving, anxiety, or attentional bias are among the key constructs explored with VR and ET technologies in the field of addictions. More recently, I have re-directed my attention towards the use of psychedelics in the treatment of different mental health concerns.

Expertise

Medicine & Life Sciences
Alcoholism
Anxiety
Craving
Drinking Behavior
Virtual Reality
Virtual Reality Exposure Therapy

Publications

Recent
Hernández-Serrano, O. , Ghita, A., Fernández-Ruiz, J., Monras, M., Gual, A., Gacto-Sanchez, M., Porras-García, B., Ferrer-García, M., & Gutiérrez-Maldonado, J. (2021). Determinants of Cue-Elicited Alcohol Craving and Perceived Realism in Virtual Reality Environments among Patients with Alcohol Use Disorder. Journal of Clinical Medicine, 10(11), [2241]. https://doi.org/10.3390/jcm10112241
Ghita, A., Hernández-Serrano, O., Fernandez-Ruiz, J., Monras, M., Ortega, L., Mondon, S., Teixidor, L., Gual, A., Porras-García, B., Ferrer-García, M., & Gutiérrez-Maldonado, J. (2021). Cue-Elicited Alcohol Craving and Anxiety as Indicators of the Validity of ALCO-VR Software: A Virtual Reality Study. In Assessment & Treatment of Addictions: New Tools for Old Problems (reprint ed.)
Ghiţă, A., Hernández-Serrano, O., Fernández-Ruiz, J., Moreno, M., Monras, M., Ortega, L., Mondon, S., Teixidor, L., Gual, A., Gacto-Sanchez, M., Porras-García, B., Ferrer-García, M., & Gutiérrez-Maldonado, J. (2021). Attentional Bias, Alcohol Craving, and Anxiety Implications of the Virtual Reality Cue-Exposure Therapy in Severe Alcohol Use Disorder: A Case Report. Frontiers in psychology, 12, [543586]. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2021.543586
Hernández-Serrano, O. , Ghita, A., Fernández-Ruiz, J., Porras-García, B., Ferrer-García, M., & Gutiérrez-Maldonado, J. (2020). Alcohol craving. In Scholarly Community Encyclopedia
Porras-García, B., Ferrer-García, M., Yilmaz, L., Olszewska, A. , Ghita, A., Serrano‐Troncoso, E., Treasure, J., & Gutiérrez-Maldonado, J. (2020). Body‐related attentional bias as mediator of the relationship between body mass index and body dissatisfaction. European Eating Disorders Review, 28(4), 454-464. https://doi.org/10.1002/erv.2730
Hernández-Serrano, O. , Ghita, A., Figueras-Puigderrajols, N., Fernández-Ruiz, J., Monras, M., Ortega, L., Mondon, S., Teixidor, L., Gual, A., Ugas-Ballester, L., Fernández, M., Montserrat, R., Porras-García, B., Ferrer-García, M., & Gutiérrez-Maldonado, J. (2020). Predictors of Changes in Alcohol Craving Levels during a Virtual Reality Cue Exposure Treatment among Patients with Alcohol Use Disorder. Journal of Clinical Medicine, 9(9), [3018]. https://doi.org/10.3390/jcm9093018
Ghita, A., Hernández-Serrano, O., Fernández-Ruiz, J., Monras, M., Ortega, L., Mondon, S., Teixidor, L., Gual, A., Porras-García, B., Ferrer-García, M., & Gutiérrez-Maldonado, J. (2019). Craving and Anxiety Responses as Indicators of the Efficacy of Virtual Reality-Cue Exposure Therapy in Patients Diagnosed with Alcohol use Disorder. Annual Review of CyberTherapy and Telemedicine, 17, 77-82.
Ghita, A., Porras García, B., Moreno, M., Monras, M., Ortega, L., Mondon, S., Teixido, L., Obach I Vidal, A., Gual, A., Aznar Casanova, J. A., Ferrer García, M., Bertomeu Panisello, P., & Gutiérrez Maldonado, J. (2019). Attentional bias assessment in patients with alcohol use disorder: An eye-tracking study. Annual Review of CyberTherapy and Telemedicine, 17, 83-87.
Ghita, A., Teixidor, L., Monras, M., Ortega, L., Mondon, S., Gual, A., Paredes, S., Villares-Urgell, L., Porras-García, B., Ferrer-García, M., & Gutiérrez-Maldonado, J. (2019). Identifying Triggers of Alcohol Craving to Develop Effective Virtual Environments for Cue Exposure Therapy. Frontiers in psychology, 10, [74]. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2019.00074
Ghita, A., Hernández-Serrano, O., Fernandez-Ruiz, J., Monras, M., Ortega, L., Mondon, S., Teixidor, L., Gual, A., Porras-García, B., Ferrer-García, M., & Gutiérrez-Maldonado, J. (2019). Cue-Elicited Anxiety and Alcohol Craving as Indicators of the Validity of ALCO-VR Software: A Virtual Reality Study. Journal of Clinical Medicine, 8(8), [1153]. https://doi.org/10.3390/jcm8081153
Porras-García, B., Ferrer-García, M. , Ghita, A., Moreno, M., Lopez‐Jimenez, L., Vallve‐Romeu, A., Serrano‐Troncoso, E., & Gutiérrez-Maldonado, J. (2019). The influence of gender and body dissatisfaction on body‐related attentional bias: An eye‐tracking and virtual reality study. International Journal of Eating Disorders, 52(10), 1181-1190. https://doi.org/10.1002/eat.23136

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