Research manager,Center for Primary Care and Public Health (Unisante), University of Lausanne (Department of Epidemiology and Health Systems, Research Group on Adolescent Health) SWITZERLAND

Yara Barrense-Dias holds a Master’s degree of Law in Criminal Justice, subject area Criminology and Security and a PhD in Life Sciences from the University of Lausanne, Switzerland. She works in the Research Group on Adolescent Health (GRSA; Research Head Prof. Suris) as a research and project manager since 2014.


Her studies focus on substance use, Internet and media use, violence, gambling and sexual behaviors among adolescents and young adults. Her PhD thesis in Life Sciences was on the practice of sexting. Her work on sexting and online sexual behaviors in general has widely resonated in practice, particularly in schools where she is regularly called to give talks and workshops to teachers and young people. She is currently working with a unit specialized in the health promotion and prevention in schools to establish a stable education and prevention project around this theme.