Centre for Alcohol and Drug Research

Adriana del Palacio Gonzalez

Ph.D., Associate Professor

Adriana del Palacio Gonzalez

Research areas


Twitter @DelPalacio_A

I hold a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of New Brunswick, Canada. 

I am interested in substance abuse patterns among youth, as well as in the improvement of psychological treatment for substance abuse. I currently conduct research in the following areas:

1) Epidemiological research on substance use among youth (15-25 years) in Denmark. These projects involve nationally representative sample of danes, and the linkage to register data.

2) Identification of barriers to access treatment for substance abuse in Denmark.

3) Identification of predictors of relapse during and after treatment for drug use.

I also help in clinical trials implemented by my colleagues testing different treatment modalities for substance use. 


In the past I have conducted research on cognitive and emotional vulnerabilities to develop anxiety and depression, such as rumination, the retrieval of personal memories, and emotional regulation.



2007 – 2014            Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, University of New Brunswick (UNB), Canada

                               Supervisor: Dr. David A. Clark

2001 – 2006            Bachelor’s in Psychology (Honours)(Honourable Mention), Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM; NationalUniversity of Mexico)

                               Supervisor: Dr. Laura Hernandez-Guzman


2020 - present            Associate professor, Center for Alcohol and Drug Research, Aarhus University.

2019 - 2020                Assistant Professor, Center for Alcohol and Drug Research, Aarhus University.

2014 -  2019  Postdoctoral Researcher, Center on Autobiographical Memory Research, Psychology Department, AU, Denmark.

2013-2014                Clinical Psychology Resident, Kingston Internship Consortium, Ontario, Canada

2012-2013                Part-time Lecturer, Psychology Department, University of New Brunswick,Canada

2008-2012                Part-time Research Assistant, Psychology Department, University of New Brunswick, Canada


Teaching Areas

Clinical psychology


Clinical Training and Work Experience

2013/2014     Predoctoral Clinical Residency - Kingston Internship Consortium, Kingston, Ontario, Canada (Resident). Primary activities and population: Cognitive Assessment, Counseling and Therapy, Consultation; adults, seniors, adolescents.

2013             McDonnell, Cartwright, and Associates (Clinical Assisstant). Primary activities and population: Psychoeducational assessment, therapy; children and adolescents.

2012             Psychiatric Unit, Dr. Everett Chalmers Regional Hospital, Fredericton, Canada. Primary activities and population: Brief therapy for severe psychopathology, diagnostic assessment; adults.

2011             UNB Counseling Services, Fredericton, Canada. Primary activities and population: Therapy and counseling for anxiety, depression, personality disorders; university students.

2010             Community Mental Health Center, Saint John, Canada.       Primary activities and population: Therapy for anxiety, depression, self-injury, assessment of cognitive impairment; adolescents.

2009             Stan Cassidy Rehabilition Center, Fredericton, Canada. Primary activities and population: Neuropsychological Testing, Rehab Counseling; adults.



Spanish - First language

English - Fluent

Italian and Danish - Intermediate

German and  French - Basic


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