Cintia Faija

Cintia Faija

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Cintia has joined the Mental Health Research Group within the Division of Nursing, Midwifery & Social Work at the University of Manchester in January 2019. She works as a Research Associate for the EQUITy NIHR Grant Programme led by Professor Penny Bee and Professor Peter Bower. The aim of the EQUITy Programme is to improve the quality of psychological interventions delivered by telephone. Cintia has secured funding from an NIHR RfPB grant to explore long term benefits for patients with anxiety and depression among NHS Talking Therapies Services.

She worked as a clinical psychologist in her home country, Argentina, for over six years. She arrived in the UK in 2012 to pursue her PhD in Clinical Psychology and worked in applied mental health research for six years. Cintia has developed a strong knowledge in qualitative and quantitative methods, and systematic reviews. 

Cintia’s research interests are in mental health, emotional processes, psychological therapies, recovery and long term benefits, and improving care.


Cintia graduated in Psychology with the best grade point average in 2006 in her home country, Argentina. She worked as a clinical psychologist back home for over 6 years treating adult patients with anxiety, depression, borderline personality disorders and eating disorders. Cintia was trained in different psychological therapies, i.e. systemic therapy, cognitive behavioural therapy, and dialectical behavioural therapy. She also worked part-time as a teaching assistant on the BSc Psychology programme for 3 years in Argentina.

Cintia came to Manchester in 2012 when she was awarded the School of Psychological Sciences PhD Studentship, University of Manchester. Her project was focused on understanding the emotion of pride in restrictive eating disorders and developed a measure to assess pride in eating pathology. She was supervised by Dr John Fox, Dr Trish Gooding, Dr Stephanie Tierney and Dr Sarah Peters. In 2016 she successfully completed her PhD in Clinical Psychology. She also contributed as a teaching assistant for the BSc and the MRes in Psychology programmes.

From January 2016 until January 2019 she worked in Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Trust as a Senior Researcher in the PATHWAY NIHR Grant Programme led by Professor Adrian Wells. The aim of the project was to evaluate metacognitive therapy in cardiac rehabilitation patients experiencing anxiety and/or depression. Cintia is currently undertaking formal training in metacognitive therapy.

By the end of January 2019 Cintia joined the EQUITy NIHR Grant Programme as a Research Associate. The overarching aim of the project is to improve the quality of telephone-delivered psychological interventions, increase patient engagement, and enhance the clinical and cost-effectiveness of psychological interventions delivered by telephone in primary care.


PhD in Clinical Psychology, The University of Manchester, UK

Licenciada in Psychology (Hons), Del Salvador University, Argentina

Memberships of committees and professional bodies

Chartered Psychologist (CPsychol), British Psychological Society (BPS)

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, The role of pride in eating disorders, The University of Manchester

5 Sept 20125 Dec 2016

Award Date: 5 Dec 2016

External positions

Senior Researcher, Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust

13 Jan 201624 Jan 2019

Areas of expertise

  • BF Psychology


  • Mental Health
  • Emotion
  • Psychological therapies, Mental Health, Systematic reviews, RCTs, Qualitative, Patient Experience


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