PSICOST Scientific Association (Psicost) was created in 1999 to carry out multidisciplinary studies of evaluation of mental health services, including investigators of different disciplines, as much of the university scope as of the public health and the clinical research. (Psicost) has carried out significant contributions in the evaluation of public health services in national and international projects, and has participated in networks of collaborative investigation in this field. Psicost described a new approach to the evaluation of mental health care and has applied the disabilities and mental health instruments in several Spanish and international areas.
Its main contribution to the project is related to Horizontal Activity 2 (HA2): definition of services supporting unit cost calculation for WPs1-4.
Dr Luis Salvador-Carulla (PhD), honorary president and active member of PSICOST. He is the head of the Centre for Mental Health Research at the Research School of Population Health, Australian National University (ANU) in Canberra (Australia). He has been advisor to the Government of Catalonia (Spain), the Spanish Ministry of Health, the European Commission (EC) and the World Health Organisation (WHO). His research has been focused in developing decision support systems in health and social policy, including tools for analysis of technical efficiency and benchmarking, indicators for health policy analysis and priority setting in mental health and in disability.
Prof. Carlos R. García-Alonso (PhD), Professor of Operational Research and Quantitative Methods. He holds a Ph.D in Engineering. He focuses his research on mental health problems and models of simulation related with efficiency. He has supervised researchers in several Spanish funded projects, and participated as a researcher in different European funded projects.
Dr Mencía R. Gutierrez-Colosía (PhD), psychologist. She is an expert in the DESDE-LTC and on mental health services research. As a member of Psicost, she has participated in European and national funded projects focusing on the evaluation of services and financing systems.
Dr Cristina Romero, PhD in Psychology (female). President of Psicost. Expert on service evaluation research in disability and mental health. Specialist in clinical psychology.