Junior Researcher (Postdoc), The University of Queensland

Anilena was born in Panama in the midst of one of the country's most traumatic events - the 1989 US invasion.

Originally trained as a psychologist in Panama, she then moved to the UK to complete a Master and PhD in Clinical and Health Psychology at the University of Manchester. She is not a clinician and doesn't wish to be one right now.

Her PhD explored the cultural fit and efficacy of transported cognitive-behavioral parenting interventions in high-risk communities in Panama.

She was a fellow of the National Secretariat of Science and Technology in Panama (SENACYT) and a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Queensland (Australia). She is currently a Junior Researcher (Postdoc) at Instituto de Investigaciones Cientificas y Servicios de Alta Tecnologia (Panama), a Honorary Research Associate at the University of Manchester (UK) and an Associate Researcher at Universidad Santa Maria la Antigua (Panama).


  • –present
    Research Fellow in Parenting and Family Psychology, The University of Queensland


  • 2014 
    The University of Manchester, PhD in Clinical Psychology