Sandra Chiclana

Sandra Chiclana, Ph.D. in Psychology (2020), is Head of Services in the General Secretary of Penitentiary Institutions, Spanish Ministry of the Interior, and Adjunct Professor at the Department of Social and Organizational Psychology at UNED.

Her research currently focuses on interpersonal violence, radicalisation, hate crimes and female inmates.


Pérez-Ramirez, M., Chiclana, S., Méndez, R.C. & Suarez, A. (in press). Sociodemographic and sociopsychological differences between hate crime offenders and other non-bias-motivated criminals: implications for prison rehabilitation programs. International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology.

Gómez, A., Chiclana, S., Chinchilla, J., Blanco, L., Alba, B., Bautista, H. & Pozuelo-Rubio, F. (2022). The mirage of the jihad. Disenchantment as the pathway to disengagement of female jihadists. A case study about radicalization in Spanish prisons. International Journal of Social Psychology. Download

Gómez, A., Atran, S., Chinchilla, J., Vázquez, A., López-Rodríguez, L., Paredes, B., Martínez, M., Blanco, L., Alba, B., Bautista, H., Fernández, S., Pozuelo-Rubio, F., González-Álvarez, J.L., Chiclana, S., Valladares-Narganes, H., Alonso, M., Ruíz-Alvarado, A., López-Novo, J.L., & Davis, R. (2022). Willingness to sacrifice among convicted Islamist terrorists versus violent gang members and other criminals. Scientific Reports, 12(1), 1-15. Download


Chiclana, S., Galán, D., García-Vita, M.M & de Juanas, A. (2021). Ocio y tiempo libre en prisión. Los módulos de respeto como espacios que generan bienestar en tiempos de pandemia. Edetania 60, 165-186. Download

Santos-Hermoso, J., González-Álvarez, J. L., Macía-Vázquez, A., Pozuelo-Rubio, F., & Chiclana, S. (2021). Jihadist Extremism in Spanish Prisons. Characterisation of the Inmates Linked to Jihadist Radicalisation and Analysis of Their Behaviour in Prison. Terrorism and Political Violence, 1-21. Download

Gómez, Á., Bélanger, J. J., Chinchilla, J., Vázquez, A., Schumpe, B. M.,, Nisa, C. F., & Chiclana, S. (2021). Admiration for Islamist groups encourages self-sacrifice through identity fusion. Humanities & Social Sciences Communications, 8,54. Download


Chiclana, S., Castillo-Gualda, R., Paniagua, D., & Rodríguez-Carvajal, R. (2019). Mental health, positive affectivity and wellbeing in prison: a comparative study between young and older prisoners. Revista Española de Sanidad Penitenciaria, 21(3), 138. Download