Name and surname : Álvaro Vergés.


          • PhD in Clinical Psychology.

Current charges:

  • Associate professor.
          • Head of the Doctorate in Psychology.

Institution / Affiliation: Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile.

City-Country : Santiago, Chile.


Association for Psychological Science (APS), Research Society on Alcoholism (RSA), Scientific Society of Psychology of Chile (SCP).

Research lines / topics:

Interest in classification, epidemiology, history, course, and consequences of substance use disorders and personality disorders. Interest in clinical practice that includes knowledge derived from research, the treatment of comorbid disorders (especially substance use and personality disorders), and the innovation and dissemination of knowledge in psychotherapy.

Main publications:

Vergés, A., Lee, MR, Martin, CS, Trull, TJ, Martens, MP, Wood, PK, & Sher, KJ (in press). Not all symptoms of alcohol dependence are developmentally equivalent: Implications for the false positives problem. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors .

Vergés, A., Littlefield, AK, Arriaza, T., & Alvarado, ME (2019). Impulsivity facets and substance use initiation: A comparison of two models of impulsivity. Addictive Behaviors, 88 , 61-66.

Vergés, A., Ellingson, JM, Schroder, SA, Slutske, WS, & Sher, KJ (2018). Intensity of daily drinking and its relation to alcohol use disorders. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 42 , 1674-1683.

Littlefield, AK, Vergés, A., Rosinski, JM, Steinley, D., & Sher, KJ (2013). Motivational typologies of drinkers: Do enhancement and coping drinkers form two distinct groups? Addiction, 108 , 497-503.

Littlefield, AK, Vergés, A., Wood, PK, & Sher, KJ (2012). Transactional models between personality and alcohol involvement: A further examination. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 121 , 778-783.

Other academic / professional background:

Psychologist from the University of Chile and Doctor in Clinical Psychology from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Fondecyt Regular Principal Investigator: “Personality Pathways to Substance Use in Adolescents” (2020-2023). Co-Researcher Contest for the Rapid Allocation of Resources for Research Projects on Coronavirus (Covid-19): “Effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on food and mental health in critical stages of life: CIAPEC-INTA cohorts of pregnant women, preschoolers and adolescents from the South-East area of ​​Santiago ”(2020-2021). Co-Researcher Fonis Project: "Cultural adaptation and psychometric properties of the Chronic Pain Acceptance Questionnaire (CPAQ) in a sample of Chilean patients with chronic pain" (2021-2023).

Associate Editor in Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research and Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs .

Award for Current Research Contribution in Psychology, Scientific Society of Psychology of Chile, 2015. Rising Star Award, Association for Psychological Science, 2021.