Institute of Epidemiology & Health Care


Francisca Roman Mella 

Roman Mella


Research interests:

  • Alcohol use and misuse
  • Adolescent health
  • Mental health
  • Social inequalities in health

Current research:

I am investigating the role of school socioeconomic composition in relation to adolescent binge drinking, accounting for factors from immediate contexts such as family and peers and from the macro system within which schools are nested. To this purpose, I am using data from the School Population National Substance Use Survey conducted in Chile in 2011 and 2013, and school information provided by the Ministry of Education.




  • 1999 to present: Academic staff at the Department of Psychology, Universidad de La Frontera, Chile.
  • 2013-2016: PhD student funded by Chilean Government Scholarship Program Becas Chile


  • 2010 MSc Clinical Epidemiology, Universidad de La Frontera, Chile.
  • 1992 BSc Psychology, Universidad Catolica de Chile.


  • Mellor, D., Vinet, E. V., Xu, X., Hidayah Bt Mamat, N., Richardson, B., & Román, F. (2014). Factorial invariance of the DASS-21 among adolescents in four countries.  European Journal of Psychological Assessment, no pagination specified.
  • Román, F., Vinet, E. V., & Alarcón, A. M. (2014) Escalas de Depresión Ansiedad Estrés (DASS-21): Adaptación y Propiedades Psicométricas en estudiantes secundarios de Temuco [Short version of Depression Anxiety Stress Scales: DASS-21: adaptation and psychometric properties among secondary students from Temuco]. Revista Argentina de Clinica Psicológica23(2), 179-190.
  • Lucero, C., Román, M.F. & Feixas, G. (2012) Aportes de la rejilla interpersonal en la comprensión de los trastornos alimentarios [Contributions of Repertory Grid Technique for the understanding of eating disorders]. Revista Argentina de Clínica Psicológica, 21(2), 149-160.
  • Santibáñez, P., Román, M.F. & Vinet, E. (2009).  Efectividad de la psicoterapia y su relación con la alianza terapéutica [Effectiveness of psychotherapy and its relationship with the therapeutic alliance]. Interdisciplinaria26(2), 267-287.
  • Santibáñez, P.,  Román, M.F, Lucero, C., Espinoza, A., Irribarra, D. & Müller, P. (2008) Variables inespecíficas en psicoterapia [Non-specific variables in psychotherapy] Terapia Psicológica26(1), 89-98.
  • Lucero, C. & Román, F. (2007). Percepción, síntomas y sexualidad en mujeres histerectomizadas [Perception, symptoms and sexuality in hysterectomized women].Revista Cubana de Obstetricia y Ginecología33(1).
  • Aracena, M., Balladares, E., Román, F. & Weiss, C. (2002). Conceptualización de las Pautas de crianza de buen trato y maltrato infantil, en familias del estrato socioeconómico bajo: una mirada cualitativa [A framework for child-rearing practices and mistreatment in poor families: A qualitative view]. Revista de Psicología de la Universidad de ChileXI(2), 29-43.
  • Aracena, M., Castillo, R., Haz, A. M., Cumsille, F., Muñoz, S., Bustos, L., & Román, F. (2000). Resiliencia en maltrato infantil [Resilience to childhood physical abuse]. Revista de Psicología de la Universidad de ChileIX(1), 11-28.