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M. Graça Pereira
Doctorate (PhD) in Clinical Psychology ( Marriage and Family Therapy) (Florida State University )
Department of Applied Psychology
  Associate Professor with Habilitation
   253 604228
Maria da Graça Pereira Alves did her PhD at Florida State University (FSU) in the field of Family Systems Medicine and the Practice of Medical Family Therapy Practice and the Aggregation in Medicine, at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Porto, in the area of Clinical Research and Health Services.
She was coordintor of the PhD in Health Psychology and the Masters in Health Psychology at the University of Minho. She was an invited professor at Florida State University (USA), Ribeirão Preto School of Nursing, University of São Paulo (Brazil); Nursing School of the Federal University of Minas Gerais (Brazil); the Federal University School of Nursing of Sao Joao del Rei (Brazil) and in the Faculty of Psychology at Kazimierz Wieki University (Poland).
Her academic career focuses on the psychosocial impact of chronic disease on patients, family members, and caregivers; on the clinical
and physiological impact of stress and trauma in patients /populations at risk and their families; on individual and family health promotion, particularly healthy lifestyles; and on integrated health care delivery services, in order to promote wellbeing and quality of life in patients, families, and caregivers.
Maria da Graça Pereira Alves is currently responsible for the Health Psychology Consultation (Subunity of Clinicial and Health Psychology), in the Association of Psychology (APsi), at the University of Minho, coordinator of the Health, Wellbeing and Performance Research Lab, at the Psychology Research Centre (CIPsi), and responsible for the Research Group in Family and Health.
Impact of Chronic Illness in Patients, family and/or Caregivers
Health and Ilness Processes in Vulnerabel Groups
Individual and Family Health Promotion
Integrated Health Care
Selected publications
Pereira, M. G., Brito, L., & Smith, T. (2012). Dyadic adjustment, family coping, body image, quality of life and psychological morbidity in patients with Psoriasis and their partners. International Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 19(3), 260-269. DOI
Pereira, M. G., Pedras, S., & Machado, J. C. (2014). Family variables as moderators between beliefs towards medicines and adherence to self-care behaviors and medication, in Type 2 Diabetes. Families Systems, & Health, 32(2), 198-206. DOI
Pereira, M. G., Taysi, E., Orcan, F., & Fincham F. (2014). Insecure attachment and loneliness in College Students involved in a romantic relationship: The role of relationship satisfaction, infidelity, morbidity and prayer for partner. Contemporary Family Therapy, 36(3), 333-350. DOI
Pereira, M. G, Ponte, M., Ferreira, G., & Machado, J. C. (2016). Quality of life, illness representations, social support and family stress in patients with Skin Tumors in the follow-up stage. Psycho-Oncology. DOI
Lima, S., Gago, M., Garrett, C., & Pereira, M. G. (2016). Predictors and moderators of quality of life in Alzheimer's patients. Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease. DOI
Competências de Comunicação Interpessoal
Competências de Comunicação Interpessoal
Competências de Comunicação Interpessoal
Competências de Comunicação Interpessoal
Estudos Avançados em Psicologia
Doctoral Program
Projeto em Psicologia do Trabalho e das Organizações
Psicologia da Saúde
Psicologia da Saúde Ocupacional
Temas de Investigação em Psicologia do Trabalho e das Organizações