Dr Isabel Morales-Muñoz PhD

Dr Isabel Morales-Muñoz

Honorary Research Fellow
Institute for Mental Health

Contact details

Dr Isabel Morales-Muñoz is an Honorary Research Fellow at the Institute for Mental Health (IMH). Dr Morales-Muñoz holds the position of Academy of Finland postdoctoral research fellow, at the National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL), in Helsinki, Finland. Her main research interests lie within the field of sleep, neuropsychology and mental health.

Qualifications

BSc in Psychology (University of Deusto, Bilbao, Spain)

MSc in Cognitive Neuropsychology (Complutense University of Madrid, Madrid, Spain)

MSc in Psychopathology and Health (National University of Distance Education, Spain)

PhD in Neuroscience (Complutense University of Madrid, Madrid, Spain)

Biography

Dr Morales-Muñoz was born in Vitoria, Spain. She has a BSc (Hons) in Psychology, from the University of Deusto, Bilbao (Spain). In 2009 she completed her MSc in Cognitive Neuopsychology at the Complutense University of Madrid (Spain), and in 2012 her MSc in Psychopathology and Health at the National University of Distance Education (Spain). Her PhD was in the neuropsychological and neurophysiological bases of cognitive disorders in First Episode Psychosis, and was completed in 2014, at the Complutense University of Madrid.

After completing her PhD, she joined the University of Helsinki (Finland) as postdoctoral fellow, and subsequently in 2016, she joined the National Institute for Health and Welfare, in Helsinki, as postdoctoral fellow.

In April 2018, Dr Morales-Muñoz was awarded the Academy of Finland postdoctoral research fellow.

Teaching

Current PhD students (co-supervisor):
  • Hanna Huhdanpää MD, University of Helsinki, Finland: “The executive function and sleep in preschool-aged children”.
  • Minna Virta MD, University of Turku, Finland: “Sleep difficulties in early childhood”.

 

Supervision areas:

  • Neuropsychology
  • Sleep and neurodevelopmental problems
  • Sleep and mental health

 

Those wishing to apply to work with Dr Morales-Muñoz are encouraged to contact her directly by e-mail.

Research

Reasearch interests include:

  • Neuropsychology and psychosis
  • Neurophysiological bases of psychosis:

-          Event-related potentials

-          Prepulse inhibition of the startle reflex

  • Childhood adversities and psychosis
  • Sleep development
  • Sleep and neurodevelopmental disorders (ADHD)

Sleep and mental health

Publications

Huhdänpää H, Morales-Muñoz I, Saarenpää-Heikkilä O, Kylliäinen A, Pölkki P, Paunio T, Aaronen E, Paavonen J. Sleep difficulties in infancy are associated with symptoms of inattention and hyperactivity at 5 years old: A longitudinal study. J Dev Behav Pediatr 2019; in press.

Tuohino T, Morales-Muñoz I, Saarenpää-Heikkilä O, Kiviruusu O, Paunio T, Hovi P, Pietiläinen KH, Paavonen EJ. Short sleep duration and later overweight in infants: a longitudinal cohort study. J Pediatrics 2019; in press.

Morales-Muñoz I, Partonen T, Saarenpää-Heikkilä O, Kylliäinen A, Pölkki P, Porkka-Heiskanen T, Paunio T, Paavonen EJ. The role of parental circadian preference in the onset of sleep difficulties in early childhood. Sleep Med 2019; 54:223-230.

Morales-Muñoz I, Koskinen S, Partonen T. Differences in sleep functioning between individuals with seasonal affective disorder and major depressive disorder in Finland. Sleep Med 2018; 48:16-22.

Morales-Muñoz I, Saarenpää-Heikkilä O, Kylliäinen A, Pölkki P, Porkka-Heiskanen T, Paunio T, Paavonen J. The effects of maternal risk factors during pregnancy on the onset of sleep difficulties in infants at three months of age. J Sleep Res 2018; e12696, doi: 10.1111/jsr.12696.

Morales-Muñoz I, Suvisaari J, Therman S, Torniainen-Holm M, Mäntylä T, Rikandi E, Mantere O, Kieseppä T, Lindgren M. Childhood adversities and cognitive deficits in first-episode psychosis. Schizophr Res 2018; pii: S0920-9964(18)30050-1.

Morales-Muñoz I, Koskinen S, Partonen T. The effects of seasonal affective disorder and alcohol abuse on sleep and snoring functions in a population-based study in Finland. J Sleep Res 2018; 27(4):e12611.

Morales-Muñoz I, Koskinen S, Partonen T. Clinical and cognitive variables in seasonal affective disorder as characteristic features to differentiate from depressive-related disorders: evidence from a population-based study in Finland. Eur Psychiatry 2017; 44:9-16.

Morales-Muñoz I, Koskinen S, Partonen T. Seasonal affective disorder and alcohol abuse disorder in a population-based study. Psychiatry Res 2017; 253:91-98.

Lindgren M, Mäntylä T, Rikandi E, Torniainen-Holm M, Morales-Muñoz I, Kieseppä R, Mantere O, Suvisaari J. Childhood adversities and clinical symptomatology in first-episode psychosis. Psychiatry Res 2017; S0165-1781(17)30756-4.

Morales-Muñoz I, Martínez-Gras I, Ponce G, de La Cruz J, Lora D, Rodríguez-Jiménez R, Jurado-Barba R, Manzanares J, Rubio G (2017). Psychological and psychophysiological characteristics of subjects with cannabis-induced psychosis. J Psychopharmacol 2017; 31(8):1035-1045.

Simola J, Zhigalov A, Morales-Muñoz I, Palva M, Palva S. Critical dynamics of endogenous fluctuations predict cognitive flexibility in the Go/NoGo task. Sci Rep 2017; 7:2909.

Morales-Muñoz I, Jurado-Barba R, Fernández-Guinea S, Rodríguez-Jiménez R, Jiménez- Arriero MA, Martínez A, Rubio-Valladolid G. Cognitive impairments in patients with First Episode Psychosis: the relationship between neurophysiological and neuropsychological approaches. J Clin Neuroscience 2017; 36:80-87.

Morales-Muñoz I, Jurado-Barba R, Fernández-Guinea S, Rodríguez-Jiménez R, Jiménez- Arriero MA, Criado J, Rubio-Valladolid G (2016). Sensory gating deficits in first episode psychosis: evidence from neurophysiology, psychophysiology and neuropsychology. J Nerv Ment Dis 2016; 204(12):877-884.

Suazo V, Lubeiro A, Jurado-Barba R, Moreno-Ortega M, Dompablo M, Morales-Muñoz I, Rodriguez-Jimenez R, Palomo T, Molina V. Elevated midline parietal gamma band noise power in schizophrenia but not in bipolar patients. Eur Arch Psychiatry Clin Neurosci 2016; 266(8):743-753.

Álvarez-Alonso MJ, Morales-Muñoz I, Rubio G, Castaño-León AM, Legares A, Rivas JJ, Jiménez-Roldán L, Jurado-Barba R. Single case study: Neuropsychological functioning in a patient diagnosed with intermittent explosive disorder. Span J Psychol 2016; 10;19:E21.

Morales-Muñoz I, Jurado-Barba R, Fernández-Guinea S, Caballero M, Rodríguez-Jiménez R, Jiménez- Arriero MA, Rubio-Valladolid G. Prepulse inhibition deficits in patients with First Episode Psychosis: the association between cannabis abuse and prepulse inhibition. J Neuropsychiatry Clin Neurosci 2015; 27(1):48-53.

Taboada D, Navío M, Jurado R, Fernández V, Bayón C, Álvarez MJ, Morales I, Ponce G, Rubio G, Mingote JC, Cruz F, Jiménez MÁ. Factor structure and psychometric properties of the TFEQ in morbid obese patients, candidates to bariatric surgery. Psicothema 2015: 27(2):141-150.

Morales-Muñoz I, Puras P, Rigabert A, Álvarez-Alonso MJ, Rubio G. Alcohol-Attentional Bias in Alcohol-Dependent and Cocaine-Dependent Patients. J Subst Abuse Alcohol 2014; 2(2) 1013.

Morales-Muñoz I, Jurado-Barba R, Ponce G, Martínez-Gras I, Jiménez- Arriero MA, Moratti S, Rubio-Valladolid G. Characterizing cannabis-induced psychosis: a study with prepulse inhibition of the startle reflex. Psychiatry Res 2014; 220(1-2):535-540.

Jurado-Barba R, Morales-Muñoz I, Álvarez del Manzano B, Fernández Guinea S, Caballero M, Martínez-Gras I, Rubio G. Relationship among measures of inhibitory processes in patients with schizophrenia: role of substance abuse disorders. Psychiatry Res 2011; 190(2-3):187-192.

García-Rodríguez B, Casares-Guillén CT, Molina-Arjona JA, Rubio-Valladolid G, Jurado-Barba R, Morales I, Ellgring H. [Differential effects of the dual task in the emotional processing in non-medicated Parkinson patients]. Rev Neurol 2011: 53:329-336.

Jurado-Barba R, Morales-Muñoz I, Taboada D, Denia F, Mingote JC, Jiménez-Arriero MA, Rubio G, Palomo T. Coping strategies and quality of life in candidates for liver transplantation. Psicothema 2011; 23(1):74-79.