Combination of health psychology, quality of life and medicine towards a holistic perspective in health
Teresa Santos is graduated in Applied Psychology (Specialization in Clinical Psychology) at ISPA, Instituto Superior de Psicologia Aplicada in Lisbon, with a final work under the topic “Psychological Adaptation to Breast Cancer: Styles of Coping, Anxiety and Depression”, with clinical population of women with breast cancer in the Radiotherapy Department of Hospital de Santa Maria and the Project Vencer e Viver da Liga Portuguesa Contra o Cancro.
In 2009 she completed her Master in Clinical Psychology in ISPA focused on “The Importance of Initial Psychosocial Evaluation in the Context of Weight Management Programs”; and, in 2016, she completed her PhD in Health Psychology at ISPA-Instituto Universitário, on “Quality of life, perception of health, resilience, self-regulation and social support in portuguese adolescents with chronic disease” (Funded project - FCT Portugal Grant SFRH/BD/82066/2011). Complementary she is a Cognitive Behavioral and Integrative Psychotherapist.
Her research work is based on the areas of Quality of Life/Health-related Quality of Life related with chronic diseases; resilience, self-regulation, social support, stress management, health education, promotion of emotional/personal competences, prevention of risk behaviours; and, psychosocial variables. Combining health psychology and medicine is crucial, aiming to contribute to a holistic perspective in global health.