Ana Pilar Collado
Division of Psychology, Psychotherapy and Coaching
Ana Pilar Collado
Children, adolescents and adults
Languages: English and Spanish
Clinic AppointmentOnline Appointment
Ana Pilar Collado
Division of Psychology, Psychotherapy and Coaching
Ana Pilar Collado
Children, adolescents and adults
Languages: English and Spanish
  • Bachelor’s Degree in psychology at Universidad Complutense de Madrid.
  • Master’s Degree in General Health Psychology at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid.
  • Training and license in administration of ADOS-2 (Diagnostic Observation Scale for Autism).
  • Doctorate in Medicine and Surgery at Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (currently studying).

Ana studied from kindergarten to high school in a bilingual Spanish-English school, where she also learned French and German, thanks to the global and forward-thinking vision of her parents who decided to invest in a school with a marked international character.

During her adolescence, Ana participated in various exchange programs in the United States, France (Biarritz) and Germany (Berlin). She still remembers the time she spent in New Jersey as one of the best of her life and still maintains contact with her “American family.” These small cultural immersions not only helped her improve her fluency in the language, but she also gained maturity and confidence from a very young age. Likewise, she began to become familiar with other cultures, which only increased her interest in the study of diversity. She considers traveling one of her great hobbies and meeting new people from all over the world as one of the things that enriches her the most.

This is why Ana decided to study Psychology in English at the Complutense University of Madrid to professionalize her command of the language and, most importantly, with the dream of being able, in the future, to cover a demand that was of interest to Ana. special: offering support to expatriates in their native language.

During her degree, Ana specialized in Neuropsychology and carried out her internship in the Memory Unit of the San Carlos Clinical Hospital, where she worked with geriatric patients with or without cognitive impairment, performing neuropsychological evaluations and functional assessments, with a view to a multidisciplinary diagnosis, as well as subsequent treatment. There she acquired basic knowledge for the interpretation of neuroimaging tests and made her first contact with action protocols in the field of public health. She chose the University of Birmingham for her Erasmus program, where she continued to deepen her interests with subjects such as Neuroimaging, Psychology of Intellectual Disability or Atypical Development and Early Intervention. During her stay in the United Kingdom, she got a job as a Spanish Teaching Assistant at a school as part of a volunteer program. There she joined the Modern Foreign Languages ​​department where she prepared students to take Spanish for their GCSE. After finishing her degree, she carried out extracurricular internships at the Neuroscience Research and Cognition Center of the Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium, within the Neuropsychology and Functional Neuroimaging Research Group.

That same September she was admitted to the Master’s Degree in General Health Psychology at the Complutense University of Madrid. During these almost 6 years at said University, Ana combined her studies with her position in the University’s International Relations Office, which brought her closer to the needs and challenges faced by study abroad students.

At that time Ana was beginning to show special attention to what neurodiversity meant. She chose her internship at AMITEA, the Complex Diagnostic Unit for Autism Spectrum Disorders at the Gregorio Marañón Hospital, where she was able to specialize in the psychological tools necessary for a differential diagnosis such as the ADOS-2 test. She also had the opportunity to follow up on patients diagnosed with ASD, and accompany them through behavioral, socialization and communication difficulties.

After the Master’s degree, Ana was selected as a Teaching Assistant at Vassar College, New York. During her stay in the United States she was also able to take subjects such as Neuroscience and Behavior. During that time, she also participated in volunteer work as an interpreter for a non-profit organization that provides lawyers to refugees and immigrants facing deportation in the New York City area. Knowing how language barriers can lead to other barriers such as social, emotional or cultural barriers, as well as barriers when it comes to accessing resources and ultimately, access to human rights, was what encouraged her to focus on this project.

Most of her work and academic experience has therefore been related to this passion for multilingualism, and she is excited to be able to work with a diverse and multicultural population. Currently, Ana speaks fluent German, French, English, Spanish and Galician. Having lived as an expatriate has helped her understand and connect with the difficulties that come with not identifying with a single culture when being far from your country of origin, and that is why she has decided to open the focus of her intervention to other languages ​​to cover the needs of people who do not speak Spanish or at least it is not their mother tongue.

During the last two years she has worked in an association for people with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) where she has been Responsible for Intervention in Natural Contexts with Spanish and English speaking families. In addition, Ana performed neuropsychological evaluations focused on the differential diagnosis of ASD, due to comorbidity and confusion with other conditions such as high abilities, ADHD or dyslexia, as well as individual sessions with adolescents and adults. Her work in the field of ASD has forged in her a depathologizing view within the world of neurodivegency and much more focused on the person and the family, with a marked systemic nature and with the quality of family life as an indicator. That is why during this time Ana has not only been able to learn more about neurodiversity, but also address and work on her problems outside of the diagnosis such as grief, breakups, anxiety or low self-esteem.

Ana is currently immersed in her Doctorate in Medicine and Surgery at the Universidad Autónoma of Madrid at the La Paz Hospital. However, for her it is vitally important to combine research with clinical practice, since she understands scientific research work as fundamental to contributing to improving the quality of life of the population.

Ana works from an integrative perspective, focused on the person, well-being and personal growth, although she values ​​above all the trust and comfort of the person in the therapeutic process, regardless of the approach applied, which, in most cases, will depend on the personal needs of each patient. Her professional commitment is to be able to facilitate, through languages, that foreign people can connect emotionally in their own language with a therapeutic process.

  • Doctorate in Medicine and Surgery. Research in psychiatry, medical humanities and medical psychology – ongoing. Universidad Autónoma of Madrid.
  • Training and Clinical Accreditation for the application of the ADOS-2 tool in the Diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Cornell University New York (USA), University of London (U.K.) and University of Newcastle (U.K).
  • Master in General Health Psychology 2021. Complutense University of Madrid.
  • Degree in Psychology in English: Specialization in Neuropsychology 2019. Complutense University of Madrid.
  • 2023-Current: Researcher at the La Paz University Hospital, Madrid, Spain.
  • 2022-2024: Responsible for the Intervention Service in Natural Contexts with children with a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Therapist for adolescents and adults. Diagnostic equipment. Asperger Association Madrid, Spain.
  • 2020-2022: Teaching Assistant, Department of Hispanic Studies, Vassar College, NY, United States.
  • 2017-2022: Examination Supervisor, British Council, Spain.
  • 2020-2021: Intern student of the Master of General Health Psychology at AMITEA. Complex Diagnostic Unit for Autism Spectrum Disorders, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Service, Gregorio Marañón Hospital, Madrid, Spain.
  • 2020-2020: Intern student of the Master of General Health Psychology at PsiCall, Madrid, Spain.
  • 2019-2020: Training Scholar, International Relations Office, Complutense University of Madrid, Spain.
  • 2019: Research Assistant, Center for Research in Cognition & Neurosciences, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium.
  • 2019: Intern student of the Master of General Health Psychology at the University Clinic of Psychology of the Complutense University of Madrid, Spain.
  • 2018-2019: Intern student of the Degree in Psychology, Specialization in Neuropsychology. Memory Unit, Geriatrics Service, San Carlos Clinical Hospital, Madrid, Spain.
  • 2017-2018: Spanish Teacher Assistant, Arden Academy, Solihull, United Kingdom.
  • 2021-2022: Volunteer for Safe Passage Project. Spanish-English interpreter between volunteer lawyers and refugee and immigrant children from New York, United States.
  • 2016-2019: Volunteering for the Madrid Food Bank. “Great Food Collection” Campaign.
  • Training in risk prevention in social and health personnel positions. QuironPrevention (2024)
  • First aid training. QuironPrevention (2024)
  • Seminar in Neuroscience and Behavior. Vassar College, New York (2022)
  • Introduction to the Biology of Cancer. Johns Hopkins University, Maryland (2020)
  • Training in “Creating Safe and Good Environments for Children and Adolescents in Areas of Non-Formal Education, Leisure and Free Time”. Universidad de Comillas (2023)
  • Training for Users in Data Protection and Security. Microlab (2022)
  • Collado-Blanco, A. P., Garrido-Bolton, J., González-Martínez, B., Galán-Gómez, V., Bueno-Sánchez, D., Corral-Sánchez, M. D., ... & Fernández-Jiménez, E. (2023). Executive functions and behavioral outcomes after CAR-T cell therapy. A case report in the context of the psycartkids project. Journal of the Neurological Sciences, 455.
  • Collado-Blanco, A. P., Garrido-Bolton, J., Galán-Gómez, V., González-Martínez, B., Bueno-Sánchez, D., Ortiz-Villalobos, A., ... & Fernández-Jiménez, E. (2023). Neuropsychological assessment after CAR-T cell therapy in pediatric population. A case report. Journal of the Neurological Sciences, 455.

Spanish Native language

2016: IELTS (7.5/9)
2015: Obtaining the “Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) from the University of Cambridge
2012: Obtaining “Grade 9” from Trinity College London
Spanish Language Fellow at Vassar College, New York, USA (2020-2022)

2021: Obtaining C2.1 (CEFR)

2021: Obtaining the B2 (CEFR)
Academic year 2020-2021: Intermediate French II taught by Vassar College, NYS, United States

Good level of comprehension, oral and written production

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