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Dynamic researcher in different topics such as migration, forced displacement, mental health, sexual and reproductive health, health promotion, gender and family medicine, determinants of health.

 Experiences working in difficult settings of internally displaced communities in Bogotá over the last 15 years (since medical school), dealing with families who suffered from Armed Conflict in rural areas in Colombia.

Charismatic Professor from the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in the Faculty of Medicine, in the Department of Social and Preventive medicine in different programs such as Medicine program, Master of Public Health and, Clinical Epidemiology doctorate program.

Interested in contributing to the improvement of the health conditions of the vulnerable communities, from the bottom, taking in to account the social determinants of health and mental health as keystones of the process.

Curriculum Vitae

Yazmin Maria Lucila Cadena Camargo was born in Bogotá, Colombia, on the 24th of May 1982. In 1999 she graduated as academic bachelor at the Nuestra Señora del Buen Consejo School. In 2007 she received the title of Medical Doctor (M.D.) (Médico Cirujano) at Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, in Bogotá. Subsequently, she obtained a scholarship to study a Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and graduated on 2008. Since 2009, she has worked as a Professor of Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, at the Preventive and Social Medicine Department, in the Faculty of Medicine. There she participated in different research programs on social medicine, in particular ‘Vidas Moviles’, that aimed to offer support to Internally displaced persons in Bogotá. She worked as lecturer during several years. On 2015, She obtained NFP-Nuffic scholarship grant to conduct her PhD studies at Maastricht University. She maintained her interest on research on Internally displaced adolescent mothers, finishing her doctoral studies the 2019, and graduate on March 2020.

Other Studies 

Gender, violence and society
Sussex University. Brigton, United Kingdom (2018)

Ministry Theology
Centro De Estudios Bíblicos Berea, (Center of Biblical Studies) Colombia. (2011)

Musical studies
Istituto G. Frescobaldi (Perugia, Italia). (2001)

Lingua e Cultura Italiana
Università per Stranieri
Universidad per stranieri (Perugia, Italia). (2001)


Pregnancy among adolescents in a displaced community in Bogotá.   (2015-2020)


Ministry of Education and FES FundationEducation for Disable students in 10 territories and 20 educational centers in Colombia. (2015)

Proyect: Vidas móviles (Mobile lives): Support for families who suffered forced displacement due armed conflict. Ciudad Bolivar, Bogotá. (2007-2009) Pontificia Universidad Javeriana.


Universidad Pedagógica Nacional. Healthy Universities.  “Fortalecimiento y fomento de la Institucionalización de estrategias de Orientación Vocacional y Acompañamiento Académico de la Universidad Pedagógica Nacional”. (2013)


-Cadena Camargo, Y. M. L., Doctoral Thesis. Book: Medical risks or complex narratives? Using life-stories of internally displaced adolescent mothers in Bogota to put policies in perspective. Grupo Editorial Ibáñez. 189 p. 2020, Bogotá: Also avalilable:

– Cadena-camargo, Y. et al. (online 2019) ‘“ We just been forced to do it ” : exploring victimization and agency among internally displaced young mothers in Bogotá’. Conflict and Health 13: 21.

– Cadena-camargo, Y. et al. “Getting resettled.” Identities and belonging among internally displaced adolescent mothers in Bogotá,” an ethnographic approach. Refugee Studies. Accepted: 23rd June, 2020. DOI: 10.1093/jrs/feaa057  .

– Alimentación no saludable, inactividad física y obesidad en la población infantil colombiana: un llamado urgente al estado y la sociedad civil para emprender acciones efectivas. Global Health Promotion. 1757-9759; Vol 19(3): 87– 92; 453861 Sep 4, 2012

– Cadena-Camargo, Y., Krumeich, A., Duque-Páramo, M.C. et al. Experiences of pregnancy in adolescence of internally displaced women in Bogotá: an ethnographic approach. Reprod Health 17, 31 (2020).

– Advertising of ultra-processed foods and beverages: children as a vulnerable population. Rev. Saúde Pública vol.47 no.5 São Paulo out. 2013.

– Cadena, Y. Restrepo, O. Immigration, Women and Health: Categories of Analysis on the Same Reality. Canadian International Journal of Social Science and Education. ISNN 2356-847X Volume 14, January 2018 P.261.

– Cadena-Camargo Y., Gofin, R. Master Thesis: – “Child abuse in displaced population in Bogotá Colombia” (Abuso infantil en una población desplazada en Bogotá Colombia). en: Israel. 2009. Master paper book Hebrew University.


2015 – 2020

Maastricht University
Local Supervisor of Master thesis of Students of the Global Health Master. 

2009 – 2020

Pontificia Universidad Javeriana
Professor of Public Health in the Faculty of Medicine, Family Medicine, Master of Public health Program and Doctorate on clinical epidemiology. 

2010 – 2020

ICFES Instituto Colombiano para la evaluacion de la educación. ( Colombian Institute for the evaluation of the education)  Evaluator of the National exams for the students of bachelor degrees on health sciences.                                                                           

2013 – 2015

Universidad de Girona, Spain       

Professor of virtual courses Health promotion. Faculty of Nursing.


– “Inequalities, Gender and Power Relationships in Early Pregnancy among Internally Displace Adolescents in Bogotá, Colombia”. Conference: “Medical, Medicine and Health Science” Beijing. China, 23rd of June, 2016.

– “Internally Displaced Populations in Colombia” Conference: Refugee Health: Policies and Practice.. Mc Master University, Canada. 2nd of March, 2017.

– “Gender and violence among internally displaced adolescent mothers in Bogota” Conference: “Gender, violence and society” at the University of Sussex in Brighton, United Kingdom, 14th of June of 2018.

– “Heroes or villains: Experiences of professionals working with displaced communities in Bogotá” Academic meeting: Health & Democracy – STS perspectives, Maastricht University, The Netherlands. 24th of June 2019.

– Gender Based Violence during Pandemic. Virtual Conference: Gender and Violence, Pontificia Universidad Javeriana. 3rd of June 2020.



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