Andres Arias Astray

Andres Arias Astray

Director of the Complutense University of Madrid Foundation
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Andres Arias is the Director of Fundación General Complutense and Professor of Social Work at Complutense University of Madrid. At present, he is the Academic Coordinator of Doctoral Program in Social Work, Director of GrupoLab, a research lab on social group work.

He has been Vice-Rector of Institutional and International Relations at Complutense University of Madrid from October 2013 until June 2015. Previously, he was Dean at the Faculty of Social Work since May 2010 and Sub-director of Research and Postgraduate Studies from 2006. Prior to his arrival at Complutense in 1999, he was Assistant Professor at the University of Almería (1994-1999), where he also acted as Secretary of the Faculty of Humanities and Sciences of Education. He was previously a Research Fellow in the Department of Social Psychology at Complutense University (1992-1994).

Andrés has represented his institution in various international arenas, including the European Platform for Worldwide Social Work and the Vircamp Consortium ( Since 2013 he belongs to the Executive Committee of the European Association of Schools of Social Work (EASSW).

Andrés Arias Astray has a degree in Philosophy and the Arts with a specialization in General Psychology and a Master´s in Psychoanalysis from the Pontifical University of Salamanca graduated and obtained a Master in Psychoanalysis. He holds a PhD in Psychology from the Department of Social Psychology and a Master’s in health psychology from the Department of Personality, Evaluation and Psychological Treatments of the Complutense University. He also holds a degree in Social Work from the University of Castilla y La Mancha.

As reflected in his publications and contributions to national and international conferences, he has wide research experience in social work with groups, social work professionals’ decision-making, specifically in situations of child sexual abuse, social workers and psychotherapist implicit knowledge, theoretical supervision, and critical epistemology, gender-based violence against migrant women, parental attitudes toward child physical punishment, and online pedagogy in the training of social workers.

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