Estudis de Psicologia i Ciències de la Educació (UOC)


Universitat Oberta de Catalunya

Rambla del Poblenou 156

08018 Barcelona



Belén Jiménez

Assistant professor – Part-time researcher

Belén Jiménez is PhD in psychology, lecturer at the Department of Psychology and Educational Sciences at the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya. She is also a clinical psychologist and member of the Network of Health Professionals La Providence in Toulouse (France). She has been a visiting researcher at the University of Cambridge and at the Center Alexandre-Koyré-Histoire des sciences et des techniques, a Marie Curie post-doctoral researcher at the multidisciplinary laboratory Cermes3-Centre de recherche médecine, sciences, santé, santé mentale, société (CNRS UMR 8211) and assistant lecturer (ATER) at the Université de Nice.

Her research is framed within a socio-constructivist model (Vygotsky, Neimeyer) that considers that the psychological process is not something internal or intrapsychic, but rather an eminently social and cultural process. Hence, the importance of sociocultural artifacts (such as language or new technologies) in the mediation of psychological experience.

Belén Jiménez is currently interested, more specifically, in the analysis of grief and the end of life from a constructivist perspective, paying attention to the narrative processes through which the meaning of loss is constructed, shared and negotiated between people. Within this constructivist framework, she is interested in how new technologies change our ways of experiencing and expressing grief and dealing with dying and death in today’s digital society.

  • B. Jiménez & I. Brescó (accepted). Mediación tecnológica en el duelo: un análisis de los griefbots desde la psicología cultural. Pensamiento psicológico, 2022.
  • B. Jiménez & I. Brescó (2022). Griefbots. A new way of communicating with the dead? Integrative Psychological & Behavioral Science
  • B. Jiménez & I. Brescó (2021). Grief, Photography and Meaning Making: A Psychological Constructivist Approach. Culture & Psychology
  • B. Jiménez & I. Brescó (2021). Narratives of Loss: Exploring Grief through the Use of Photography. Qualitative Studies6(1), 91-116.

Projects and grants received

  • Scientific residency at Canòdrom – Ateneu d’Innovació Digital i Democràtica (Barcelona), for the development of the community action project “Ciutat cuidadora”. Social project based on the framework of “compassionate communities” in the neighborhood of Sant Andreu. Feb. 22 – Nov. 22
  • Bioethics Research Project funded by the Víctor Grífols and Lucas Foundation (2020 Grant): Can artificial intelligence help us prepare for death?  Ethical questions about chatbots for pain and end of life. Principal Investigator: Belén Jiménez. Collaborator: Ignacio Brescó. Oct. 20 – Oct. 21.
  • Grief
  • End of Life
  • (Digital) tools


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