In November 2020 Cristina Nuñez obtained her PhD by Publications at the College of Art, University of Derby, UK, on her practice and method SPEX.

Cristina Nuñez has obtained the Diamond Phototherapy Award 2020 of the Royal Photographic Society in Bristol in collaboration with GRIFO, in recognition of her long term practice with therapeutic photography with her method The Self-Portrait Experience in her autobiographical practice since 1988 and in her work with over 3700 people around the world. The award was given during the Phototherapy Day online symposium on May 22, 2020.