HI, I’M Jingtao Zhu

I hold a PhD in Cognitive Science and Language (Cum Laude) from  Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. I graduated Summa Cum Laude from Universidad de La Habana in 2012 with a B.A. in Spanish Philology and hold an interuniversity M.A. degree in Cognitive Science and Language from Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (jointly with Universitat de Barcelona, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Universitat Rovira i Virgili and Universitat de Girona) and another M.A. degree in Training of Teachers of Spanish as a Foreign Language from the Faculty of Education, Universitat de Barcelona and Department of Translation and Languages Sciences, Universitat Pompeu Fabra.

I am a visiting investigator for 3 months at Université de Paris and Centre Nacional de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) in France (postponed due to COVID-19) and visiting investigador at Churchill College, University of Cambridge (cancelled due to BREXIT).

Actually I am the executive director of ClicAsia, Centre d’Estudis Orientals (Barcelona and Madrid) and research member of the Acquisition and Pathology Lab in UAB.


2020-Present  Programme for Directors Properties, ESADE Business School, Ramon Llull University.

2016 - 2021 PhD in Cognitive Science and Language (Cum Laude), Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona.

2013-2016  PhD candidate in Language and Literature Education, Universitat de Barcelona.

2014-2016  M.A. in Cognitive Science and Language, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Universitat de Barcelona, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Universitat Rovira i Virgili & Universitat de Girona.

2012-2014  M.A. in Training of Teachers of Spanish as a Foreign Language, Universitat de Barcelona & Universitat Pompeu Fabra.

2007-2012  B.A. in Spanish Philology, Universidad de La Habana (Summa Cum Laude).

Work Experience
2022-Present  Executive director of ClicAsia, Barcelona/Madrid.

2020  Visiting researcher at Laboratoire de Linguistique Formelle (Université de Paris & CNRS), Paris (cancelled due to  COVID-19).

2016-Present  Co-founder and Director of Academic Operations, ClicAsia, Barcelona/Madrid.

2015-Present Researcher of Acquisition and Pathology Lab, Department of Catalan Studies, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona.

2015-2022 Research member of Centre de Lingüística Teòrica, Department of Spanish and Catalan Studies, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona.

2014-2015  Research member of the Grup de Recerca per a l’Estudi del Repertori Lingüístic, Institut de Ciències de l’Educació, Universitat de Barcelona.

2013-2015   Instructor and responsible for Mandarin course at Servicios de Formación de MercaBarna.

Recent service

Reviewer for 37th Annual Conference on Human Sentence Processing

Re.  Reviewer for Psychology of Language and Communication (since 2023)

Reviewer for AMLaP (Architectures and Mechanisms for Language Processing Conference) -Asia 2023 

Reviewer for Frontiers in Psychology (since 2022).

Reviewer for Glossa Psycholinguistics (since 2022).

Reviewer for RAEL, Revista Electrónica de Lingüística Aplicada (since 2022).

Responsible for the accredited SIELE Examination Center (since 2018).

Reviewer for Journal of Child Language. Cambridge University Press (since 2017).

Advisor of the International Society for Chinese Language Teaching (since 2016).

COST expert for European Cooperation in Science and Technology (since 2015).


Full member (Professionals) of Societat Catalana de Neuropsicologia (since 2020).

Member of European Association of Spanish Teachers (since 2020).

Member of the Society for the Neurobiology of Language (since 2019).

Member of the Spanish Society for Applied Linguistics (since 2018).

Member of American Psychonomic Society (since 2017).

Member of Association for the Teaching of Spanish as a Foreign Language (since 2017).

Member of the board of directors of Asociación de Chinos en España (from 2016-2017).

Member of the scientific committe of International Association of Chinese Linguistics (2012). 


29-30 September, 2016 - The Romance Turn VIII (International Conference on the Acquisition of Romance Languages). Barcelona: UAB. 

25-26 June, 2015 - COST Action IS1401 European Literacy Network Meeting: Strengthening Europeans' capabilities by establishing the European Literacy Network. Barcelona: UB.

Language Skills

Mandarin Chinese