Psychology & Health

Team leader

Major interests

The mission of this research line is to promote psychosocial health and resilience.

The specific objectives are:
i) To understand psychosocial issues, and develop approaches to improve patients' quality of life
Research activities include: stress disorder-related functional impairment; new virtual reality stimuli and emotion induction techniques; biomarkers associated with cognitive impairment; cardiovascular diseases and cognitive impairment; correlation of iodine status with cognitive status in school-aged children; neuropsychological assessment of illiterate and low school level patients; new clinical trials for complex traumatic stress; impact of long-term tamoxifen therapy on bio behavioral factors in premenopausal women.

ii) To build up robust tools to assess psychological variables in health and illness
Research activities include validation of assessment tools.

iii) To study the living person as victim of labor accidents or violence, and forensic repercussions
Research activities include: sociofamilial outcomes and profile of victims of trauma; communication of healthcare providers and forensic professionals with victims of trauma.

iv) To disseminate good practices and detect/report of abuses
Activities include: health education and promotion; training of health professionals; education of patients.

Current Projects


Publications Highlights

Barbosa F, Pasion R, Silvério J, Coelho CM, Marques-Teixeira J, Monteiro LC. (2019). Attention allocation to 2D and 3D emotion-inducing scenes: a neurophysiological study. Neurosci Lett. 2019 Jan 7. pii: S0304-3940(19)30017-5. doi: 10.1016/j.neulet.2019.01.011.

Rocha J, Rodrigues V, Santos E, Azevedo I, Machado S, Almeida V, et al. (2019). The first instrument for complex PTSD assessment: psychometric properties of the ICD-11 Trauma Questionnaire. Braz J Psychiatry. 2019;00:000-000.

Bastos, Vânia, Rocha, José Carlos, & Almeida, Thiago de. (2019). Os efeitos do rompimento de um relacionamento amoroso em estudantes universitários. Psicologia, Saúde & Doenças, 20(2), 402-413.

Lima S, Garrett C, Machado JC, Vilaça M, Pereira MG. (2019). Quality of life in patients with mild Alzheimer disease: the mediator role of mindfulness and spirituality. Aging Ment Health. 2019 Aug 14:1-8. doi: 10.1080/13607863.2019.1650891. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 31411042.

Pereira, M. G., Vilaça, M., Pedras, S., Vieira, S., & Lima, S. (2019). Validation of the spiritual and religious attitudes in dealing with illness (SpREUK) in Portuguese Alzheimer‘s patients. Journal of Religion, Spirituality and Aging.

Rocha J, Rodrigues V, Santos E, Azevedo I, Machado S, Almeida V, Silva, C., Almeida, J., Cloitre, M. (2019). The first instrument for complex PTSD assessment: psychometric properties of the ICD-11 Trauma Questionnaire. Braz J Psychiatry. 2019;00:000-000.

Silva, F.; Almeida, I.; Guerreiro, S. & Monteiro, L.(2019). Avaliação de Estímulos Emocionais e Reatividade Psicofisiológica em Pacientes com Lesão Encefálica Adquirida. Clinical & Biomedical Research, Vol 39 (4)

Teixeira, A., Vasconcelos, V, Teixeira, M., Almeida, V., Azevedo, R., Torres, T., Sousa Lobo, J.M. Costa, P.C., Almeida, I.F. (2019) Mechanical properties of topical anti-psoriatic medicines: Implications for patient satisfaction with treatment. AAPS PharmSciTech. 20:36

Areias ME, Peixoto B, Santos I, Cruz L, Regadas A, Pinheiro C, Monteiro H, Araújo S, Carvalho T, Miranda J, Moura C, Soares J, Viana V, Quintas J, Areias JC. (2018). Neurocognitive profiles in adolescents and young adults with congenital heart disease. Rev Port Cardiol. 2018 Nov 16. pii: S0870-2551(17)30802-8.

Rocha J.C., Moreira A., Veiga V., Silva R.R. and Teixeira R.J. (2018). Perseverative Thinking, Anxiety and Emotional Coping Effects on Determinants of Academic Success. In Advances in Mental Health Studies (Chapter 07). Avid Science. ISBN: 978-93-88170-18-5

Ferreira-Silva B., Fonseca-Cardoso M., Porto MJ., Magalhães T., & Cainé L. (2018). A Comparison Among Three Multiplex Y-STR Profiling Kits for Sexual Assault Cases. J Forensic Sci. 2018 Feb 21.

Ferreira‐Silva, B., Porto, M.J., Magalhães, T., Cainé, L. (2018). Contribution to the Development of Guidelines in the Analysis of Biological Evidence in Sexual Assault Investigations. Journal of Forensic Sciences. 2018 Jul 19.

Silva M., Pereira E., Rocha A., Sousa D., Peixoto B. (2018). Neurocognitive impairment after acute coronary syndrome: Prevalence and characterization in a hospital-based cardiac rehabilitation program sample. J Cardiovasc Thorac Res. 2018;10(2):70-75.

Ivanova, M. Y., Achenbach, T., Leite, M., Almeida, V., Caldas, C., Turner, L., & Dumas, J. A. (2018). Empirically Derived Dimensional Syndromes of Self-Reported Psychopathology: Cross-Cultural Comparisons of Portuguese and US Elders. International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 33 (5), 695-702.

Peixoto, B., Machado, M., Rocha, P., Macedo, C., Machado, A., Baeta, E., Gonçalves, G., Pimentel, P., Lopes, E. , Monteiro, L. (2018). Validation of the Portuguese version of Addenbrooke's Cognitive Examination III in mild cognitive impairment and dementia. Advances in Clinical and Experimental Medicine, 27(6), 781-786.

Vasconcelos V, Teixeira A, Almeida V, Teixeira M, Ramos S, Torres T, Sousa Lobo JM, Almeida IF. (2018). Patient preferences for attributes of topical anti-psoriatic medicines. J Dermatolog Treat. 2018 Nov 23:1-19.

Costa LJ., Keating E., Pestana D., Cruz Fernandes V., Maia ML., Norberto S., Pinto E., Moreira-Rosário A., Sintra D., Moreira B., Costa A., Silva S., Costa V., Martins I., Castro Mendes F., Queirós P., Peixoto B., Carlos Caldas J., Guerra A., Fontoura M., Leal S., Moreira R., Palmares Carvalho I., Matias Lima R., Martins C., Delerue-Matos C., Almeida A., Azevedo L., & Calhau C. (2017). Iodine Status and Iodised Salt Consumption in Portuguese School-Aged Children: The Iogeneration Study. Nutrients. May 5; 9: pii: E458.

Teixeira A., Oliveira C., Teixeira M., Gaio AR., Sousa Lobo JM., Almeida IF., & Almeida V. (2017). Development and validation of a novel questionnaire for adherence with topical treatments in psoriasis, QATOP. Am J Clin Dermatol. Aug;18(4):571-581.

Costa Leite J, Keating E, Pestana D, Cruz Fernandes V, Maia ML, Norberto S, Pinto E, Moreira-Rosário A, Sintra D, Moreira B, Costa A, Silva S, Costa V, Martins I, Castro Mendes F, Queirós P, Peixoto B, Carlos Caldas J, Guerra A, Fontoura M, Leal S, Moreira R, Palmares Carvalho I, Matias Lima R, Martins C, Delerue-Matos C, Almeida A, Azevedo L, Calhau C (2017). Iodine Status and Iodised Salt Consumption in Portuguese School-Aged Children: The Iogeneration Study. Nutrients. 2017; 5;9(5).

Alves MJ., Manita C., Caldas IM., Fernández-Martinez E., Gomes da Silva A., & MagalhãesT. (2016). Evolution and Analysis of Cultural and Cognitive Factors Related With Domestic Violence Against Women. J Interpers Violence. May 2.

Hill M., Johnson JA., Langlois S., Lee H., Winsor S., Dineley B., Horniachek M., Lalatta F., Ronzoni L., Barrett NA., Advani HV., Choolani M., Rabinowitz R., Pajkrt E., van Schendel RV., Henneman L., Rommers W., Bilardo CM., Rendeiro P., Ribeiro MJ., Rocha J., Bay Lund IC., Petersen B., Becher N., Vogel I., Stefánsdottir V., Ingvarsdottir S., Gottfredsdottir H., Morris S., & Chitty LS. (2016). Preferences for prenatal tests for Down syndrome: an international comparison of the views of pregnant women and health professionals. Eur J Hum Genet. Jul; 24(7):968-75.

Lima S., Gago M., Garrett C., & Pereira MG. (2016). Predictors and Moderators of Quality of Life in Alzheimer's Disease Patients. J Alzheimers Dis. Aug 19.


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