Prof. Dr.
Meana, SJ
Visiting Research Fellow
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Rufino J. Meana, SJ. is a Spanish Jesuit, Tenured Professor of Clinical Psychopathology at Comillas University (Madrid-Spain) and Senior Research Fellow at Campion Hall for Hilary and Trinity Terms.

He was born in the Principality of Asturias (Spain) and attended Jesuit High School in his city, Gijón; in 1983 he joined the Society of Jesus. Having finished Licenses (5yr. Degrees) in Clinical Psychology, in Philosophy and in Moral Theology, and after two summer term pre-doctoral visiting to New York University, he gained his PhD (Summa Cum Laude by Unanimous Decision) with a research on 'The Subjective Experience of Meaning in life'.

Dr. Meana is Consultant Clinical Psychologist. He received Specialist Degrees in 'Gestalt Therapy', in 'Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy' and in 'Clinical Diagnosis' and is accredited by the European Federation of Psychologists' Associations. Currently he is member of the International Association for Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy, the International Society of the Rorschach and Projective Methods and the American Psychological Association (APA-Secc.39).

Through the last 20 years, he has been combining university teaching and research with clinical work and administration, including management of proffesional teams. Since 1993, he has been working as psychotherapist and doing clinical and forensic reports. He has extended experience teaching and attending priests and people of the Religious Life. Before his full-time dedication to Comillas, Dr. Meana was Director of 'Centro Fonseca' and 'Instituto Padres y Maestros' (La Coruña-Spain) respectively dedicated to the promotion of reflexion on human values and investigation in the field of psycho-pedagogy. In 2000 he joined the Department of Psychology at Comillas and started lecturing Clinical Psychopathology. Between 2003 and 2013 was Head of the 'Clinical Psychology Center' of the University which is focused on different clinical activities as platform for doing research and for training psychotherapists in formation.

Recently he has finished, with some publications, a researching period on Schizophrenia and its impact on the quality of life of patients and their families. Currently Dr. Meana is doing research on 'Operationalized Psychodynamic Diagnosis' and on 'Psychological Anthropology: Human Strengths' with two different teams of colleagues.

Some Publications

Teamwork: Sufrir Esquizofrenia (Suffering Schizophrenia). Calidad de vida y Esquizofrenia (Quality of Life and Schizophrenia). Terapia Psicoanalítica: Estrategias para la formación y la investigación clínica (Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy: Strategies for Professional Training and Clinical Research).

On one's own: La experiencia subjetiva de sentido. (The Subjective Experience of Meaning in Life). Drogas y Enfermedad Mental (Drugs and Mental Health). Sexualidad y Celibato. Una perspectiva antropológica (Sexuality and Celibacy. An Anthropological View). Vivir en plenitud. Reflexiones en torno a la afectividad del sacerdote (Living to the Fullest. Reflections on the Affectivity of the Priests). Por sentir distinto. Adolescentes homosexuales ante la homophobia (Feeling different. Homosexual Teenagers in Homophobic Contexts). Enfermar de Miedo. Ansiedades y otros enemigos (From fear to illness. Anxieties and other enemies).