Dr. Villalta holds a degree in Medicine and Surgery from the University of Barcelona (UB-Hospital Clínic) and specialised in Psychology (Psychology Intern Resident system) through Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau, Barcelona. In the field of psychotherapy she works as a family therapist and took a master’s at the Family Therapy School of Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau and the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB).
During her specialist training she conducted clinical stays at the Child and Youth Psychiatry and Psychology Services at Hospital Mútua (Terrassa), Hospital Clínic (Barcelona) and the early intervention service of the ORYGEN Youth Health group in Melbourne, Australia. She enrolled on the Advanced Training Programme in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Imperial College and St. Mary’s Hospital, London when she was awarded a fellowship from the Alicia Koplowitz Foundation (2013-2015).
During her time at Imperial College, London, she was involved in the project “Prospective Evaluation of Follow-up and Outcomes Following Adolescent Sexual Assault”, led by University College London. She applied for a six-month Short-term Fellowship to continue with her collaboration in the project and to make an analysis focused on the role of emotional dysregulation among adolescents after being victims of sexual assault, which enjoys the collaboration of the Mood Disorder Clinic, Kings College London.