Professor at the Department of Psychology in the University of Cádiz. In recent years, Prof. Rocío Guil Bozal has focused her research on the implications of Emotional Intelligence (EI) and various indicators of perceived health and Quality of Life (QOL). Some of these specific indicators have been studied in women survivors of breast cancer, and the results have been published in various scientific forums and high-quality scientific journals. Moreover, she has recently been director of 14 doctoral theses about psychological well-being and QoL in patients with mammary neoplasia, all of them with the highest qualifications and honors. It is remarkable the last thesis directed and recently defended (July 2009), on which it is analyzed the work ability and Quality of Life of women with breast cancer.
Furthermore, she has worked for years in the field of emotions identifying socio-emotional abilities linked to adaptation, detecting of risk profiles, and developing and implementing intervention programs. She is a founding member and head of the Emotional Intelligence Laboratory and the group PAIDI HUM 843 "Emotional Intelligence" of the University of Cádiz. She is the author of numerous manuals and books on psychosocial, emotional, and health factors. In addition, she has an extensive list of scientific publications in journals with high-quality indexes, registered in the Journal Citation Reports.
Regarding her project experience, she has participated as a research team member, as well as a principal researcher in various projects financed by national and international calls. In these projects, she is recently the principal investigator of the project “e-Health para la promoción de la Salud y la Calidad de Vida en Oncología Mamaria" (PIN-01-09-2018) funded by the Ministry of Health of the Junta de Andalucía, about the the creation of a mobile application that will carry out psychological monitoring for a year of newly diagnosed breast cancer patients. Likewise, she has been principal investigator of the project “Adaptación Escolar en Contextos Multiculturales: Inteligencia Emocional y Estrategias de Aculturación Exitosas” (SEJ2006-04941), funded by the Ministry of Science and Technology, on which she has approached the study of cognitive-emotional processing and its relation to adaptive behaviors in various contexts (social, educational, health, etc.). In this project, the recent president of Yale University and the creator of the construct of Emotional Intelligence, Prof. Dr. Peter Salovey, was part of the team.
As a team member researcher, she has participated in projects such as “Sistema Individualizado y Personalizado de Atención Sanitaria, Orientado a la Prevención, la Pre-Asistencia y la Autogestión de la Salud (Em-Phasys)" (RTC-2016-5095-1), concluded on September 2018. It was funded by the Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness (Convocatoria Retos-Colaboración). She has also participated in the project “Autonomy, Motivation, and Individual Self-Management for COPD Patients, AMICA” (PI08/90946) funded by European funds and the Carlos III Health Institute.
She also carried out several international stays in prestigious universities from Italy, Austria and the USA. Of these, tow long-term stays at Yale University under the invitation of Dr. Peter Salovey are remarkable.
Since 2015 she established contact with prestigious European institutions to promote personalized and adjusted attention to state of personal health and the situation of patients with breast cancer.