Faculty

Staff

Sónia Dias

Health Promotion Associate Professor

Associate Professor with Aggregation, has a PhD and Aggregation in International Health from Universidade NOVA de Lisboa (UNL) and a degree in Psychology from Universidade de Lisboa.

Coordinator of the Public Health Research Center.

Previously was coordinator of the Doctoral Program in International Health at IHMT/UNL, Director of the International Public Health Unit and coordinator of the thematic line “Health Challenges of Travelers and Migrants” of the Global Health and Tropical Medicine/UNL Research Center.

Acts as a consultant for several international organizations, such as the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, the World Health Organization, the International Organization for Migration, among others.

Develops academic activity on themes related to community health, health of vulnerable populations (including migrant populations), health promotion, disease prevention, sexual health, and access and utilization of healthcare services.

CONCLUDED:

Osvaldo Augusto Matavel | [“Study of the sociodemographic and sexual and reproductive health profile of Mozambican women (15-49 years)]” (PhD fellowship from Ministry of Science and Technology of Republic of Mozambique) | Doctoral Program in International Health at Instituto de Higiene e Medicina Tropical, Universidade NOVA de Lisboa. 2019.

Gisele Cazarin | [“Sustainability evaluation of the Program Academia in the city of Recife and its contribution to the promotion of physical activity and healthy eating”] | Doctoral Program in International Health at Instituto de Higiene e Medicina Tropical, Universidade NOVA de Lisboa. 2019.

Charlotte Oliveira | “Violence among migrants and refugees in Europe: Determinants and preventable measures” | Doctoral Program in International Health at Instituto de Higiene e Medicina Tropical, Universidade NOVA de Lisboa. 2018.

Cláudia Alexandra Parreira Bulhões | “Depressive symptoms in adolescents” (PhD fellowship from Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia) | Doctoral Program in Public Health at Faculty of Medicine, Porto University. 2018.

Joana Fernando Vicente Gomes Taela Salia | [“Sexual and reproductive health in the contexto of migration among women working on informal cross-border trade in Mozambique”] | Co-supervision | Doctoral Program in International Health at Instituto de Higiene e Medicina Tropical, Universidade NOVA de Lisboa. 2018.

Ana Filipa de Mendonça da Gama | “HIV infection in Men who have Sex with Men (MSM): Risk-Taking Behaviours and Drivers of Increased Infection” (PhD fellowship from Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia) | Doctoral Program in International Health at Instituto de Higiene e Medicina Tropical, Universidade NOVA de Lisboa. 2018.

Marica Ferri | “Best Practice in Drug Demand Reduction: beyond promotion, how to measure the impact?” | Doctoral Program in International Health at Instituto de Higiene e Medicina Tropical, Universidade NOVA de Lisboa. 2017.

Mie Okamura | [“Evaluation of a project for strengthening capacity for HIV response: Case study in the Gaza province”] | Doctoral Program in International Health at Instituto de Higiene e Medicina Tropical, Universidade NOVA de Lisboa. 2016.

Ana Carina Ferreira Borges Bigot | “Alcohol consumption in the African context: Contributions to a public health approach to policy decisions” | Doctoral Program in International Health at Instituto de Higiene e Medicina Tropical, Universidade NOVA de Lisboa. 2015.

Lígia Maria Moreira Ferreira de Almeida | “Social determinants of health in pregnancy: the impact of migration” (PhD fellowship from Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia) | Co-supervision. Doctoral Program in Public Health at Faculdade de Medicina, Universidade do Porto. 2014.

Sílvia de Jesus da Silva Fraga | “Elder Abuse: the dimension and the health impact in the general Portuguese population” (PhD fellowship from Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia) | Co-supervision | Doctoral Program in Public Health at Faculdade de Medicina, Universidade do Porto. 2013.

 

WAITING FOR DISSERTATION DEFENSE:

Ana Tavares | “HIV, tuberculosis and co-infection among migrant populations living in Portugal” | PhD in Global Public Health (partnership between National School of Public Health, Instituto de Higiene e Medicina Tropical and NOVA Medical School of Universidade NOVA de Lisboa, and the Faculty of Medicine and the Institute of Public Health of the University of Porto).

Gonçalo Correia de Fiqueiredo Augusto | [“Knowledge, attitudes and practices toward HIV/AIDS among pregnant women in Mozambique, Angola and Cape Verde”] | Co-supervision | Doctoral Program in International Health at Instituto de Higiene e Medicina Tropical, Universidade NOVA de Lisboa.

 

ONGOING:

Louíse Hoffmeister | [“Social Prescribing in Portugal: Evaluation of the impact and implementation in Family Health Units” | Doctoral Program in Public Health of National School of Public Health of Universidade NOVA de Lisboa.

Olena Ivanova | “Evaluation of complex sexual and reproductive health interventions targeting adolescents and youth: from quasi-experimental design to qualitative process evaluation” | Co-supervision | Doctorate and doctoral training programme of Health Sciences da Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences da Ghent University.

Ana Catarina Maia | [“Health Literacy and Immigrants: Contributions for Health Promotion of migrant communities”] | Doctoral Program in Public Health of National School of Public Health of Universidade NOVA de Lisboa.

Nelva Sixpene | [“Feasibility of the implementation of child visual screening: Case study of the Health Centre ‘25 de Setembro’, Nampula, Mozambique”] | Doctoral Program in Public Health of National School of Public Health of Universidade NOVA de Lisboa.

Paullie Carvalho | [“Sexually transmitted infections, risk behaviors and vulnerabilities among transgender women in Goiás”] | Co-supervision | Doctoral Program in Nursing at Faculdade de Enfermagem da Universidade Federal de Goiás.

Has coordinated and participated in multiple international (including CPLP- Community of Portuguese Speaking Countries) and national research and intervention projects on areas of scientific interest, such as promotion of sexual health, HIV/AIDS, migration and health, healthcare services, behavioral change and evaluation of community interventions.

Research activities’ main objective is to identify health needs of vulnerable populations, and political, social and behavioral health determinants, engaging communities in the health improvement process. These activities also include the conceptual and methodological development in research and intervention with vulnerable populations, using participatory research and combining qualitative and quantitative methods, which can provide a basis for comparative studies.

Participation in and coordination of over 40 research projects financed by several national or international institutions and is a member of multiple international research networks.

Selected Publications in the last two years

Dias S, Gama A, Loos J, Roxo L, Simões D, Nöstlinger C. The role of mobility in sexual risk behaviour and HIV acquisition among sub-Saharan African migrants residing in two European cities. PLoS ONE. 2020;15(2): e0228584. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0228584. [Q12018]

Bulhões C, Ramos E, Severo M, Dias S, Barros H. Trajectories of depressive symptoms through adolescence and young adulthood: social and health outcomes. Eur Child Adolesc Psychiatry. 2020. [Epub ahead of print]. doi: 10.1007/s00787-020-01493-9. [Q12018]

Dias S, Gama A, Tavares AM, Reigado V, Simões D, Carreiras E, Mora C, Pinto Ferreira A. Are Opportunities Being Missed? Burden of HIV, STI and TB, and Unawareness of HIV among African Migrants. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2019; 16(15):2710.

Dias S, Gama A, Abrantes P, Gomes I, Fonseca M, Reigado V, Simões D, Carreiras E, Mora C, Ferreira AP, Akpogheneta O, Martins MO. Patterns of Sexual Risk Behavior, HIV Infection, and Use of Health Services Among Sub-Saharan African Migrants in Portugal. J Sex Res. 2019. doi: 10.1080/00224499.2019.1601154. [Epub ahead of print].

Tavares AM, Garcia AC, Gama A, Abecasis AB, Viveiros M, Dias S. Tuberculosis care for migrant patients in Portugal: a mixed methods study with primary healthcare providers.  BMC Health Serv Res. 2019; 19:233-244.

Sherriff NS, Jones AM, Mirandola M, Gios L, Marcus U, Llewellyn C, Rosinska M, Folch C, Dias S, Toskin I, Alexiev I, Kühlmann-Berenzon S, Sialon II Network. Factors related to condomless anal intercourse between men who have sex with men: results from a European bio-behavioural survey. J Public Health. 2019; fdz052. doi:  10.1093/pubmed/fdz052. [Epub ahead of print].

Oliveira C, Martins MR, Dias S, Keygnaert I. Conceptualizing sexual and gender-based violence in European asylum reception centers. Arch Public Health. 2019; 77(1):27-38.

Gios L, Mirandola M, Sherriff N, Toskin I, Blondeel K, Dias S, et al. Being in the Closet. Correlates of outness among MSM in 13 european cities. J Homosex. 2019 Sep 4;1–19.

Szabzon F, Perelman J, Dias S. Challenges for psychosocial rehabilitation services in the Lisbon Metropolitan Area: A qualitative approach. Health Soc Care Community. 2019 Mar 25; 27(4):e428-e437.

Bulhões C, Ramos E, Severo M, Dias S, Barros H. Measuring depressive symptoms during adolescence: what is the role of gender? Epidemiol Psychiatr Sci. 2019 Feb;28(1):66-76.

Arroz JAH, Candrinho BN, Mussambala F, Chande M, Mendis C, Dias S, Martins MRO. WhatsApp: a supplementary tool for improving bed nets universal coverage campaign in Mozambique. BMC Health Serv Res. 2019 Feb 1;19(1):86.

Bulhões C, Ramos E, Dias S, Barros H. Depressive symptoms at 13 years as predictors of depression in older adolescents: a prospective 4-year follow-up study in a nonclinical population. Eur Child Adolesc Psychiatry. 2019 Apr;28(4):595-599.

Freitas C, Forte F, Roncalli A, Galvão MH, Coelho A, Dias S. Factors associated with prenatal care and HIV and syphilis testing during pregnancy in primary health care. Rev Saude Publica. 2019; 53:76.

Freitas CHSM, Forte FDS, Galvão MHR, Dias S. Inequalities in access to HIV and syphilis tests in prenatal care in Brazil. Cad Saúde Pública. 2019; 35(6), [Epub May 30]. doi: 10.1590/0102-311x00170918.

Costa L, Dias S, Martins MRO. Fruit and Vegetable Consumption among Immigrants in Portugal: A Nationwide Cross-Sectional Study. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2018 Oct 19;15(10):2299.

Dias S, Gama A, Simões D, Mendão L. Implementation process and impacts of a participatory HIV research project with key populations. Biomed Res Int. 2018 May 31;5845218.

Oliveira C, Keygnaert I, Oliveira Martins MDR, Dias S. Assessing reported cases of sexual and gender-based violence, causes and preventive strategies, in European asylum reception facilities. Globalization and Health. 2018 May;14(1):48.

Teixeira AF, Dias SF. Labor market integration, immigration experience, and psychological distress in a multi-ethnic sample of immigrants residing in Portugal. Ethn Health. 2018 Jan;23(1):81-96.

Madeira AF, Pereira CR, Gama A, Dias S. Justifying treatment bias: The legitimizing role of threat perception and immigrant-provider contact in healthcare. Cultur Divers Ethnic Minor Psychol. 2018 Apr;24(2):294-301.

Gama A, Martins Maria O, Mendão L, Barros H, Dias S. HIV Infection, Risk Factors and Health Services Use among Male-to-Female Transgender Sex Workers: A Cross-sectional Study in Portugal. AIDS Care. 2018. 30(1), pp. 1-8 7

Ogbe E, Van Braeckel D, Temmerman M, Larsson EC, Keygnaert I, Aragón WR, Cheng F, Lazdane G, Cooper D, Shamu S, Peter G, Dias S, Barrett H, Nobels A, Pei K, Galle A, Esho T, Knight L, Tabana H, Degomme O. Opportunities for linking research to policy: lessons learned from implementation research in sexual and reproductive health within the ANSER network. Health Res Policy Syst. 2018 Dec 17;16(1):123.

Mirandola M, Gios L, Sherriff N, Marcus U, Toskin I, Rosinska M, Schink S, Kühlmann-Berenzon S, Suligoi B, Folch C, Nöstlinger C, Dias S, Stanekova D, Klavs I, Caplinskas S, Rafila A, Marin C, Alexiev I, Zohrabyan L, Noori T, Menel-Lemos C, on behalf of the SIALON II Network. Quantifying unmet prevention needs among MSM in Europe through a multi-site bio-behavioural survey. Euro Surveill. 2018 Dec 6;23(49):pii=1800097.

Marcus U, Nöstlinger C, Rosińska M, Sherriff N, Gios L, Dias SF, Gama AF, Toskin I, Alexiev I, Naseva E, Schink SB, Mirandola M; Sialon II Network. Behavioural and demographic correlates of undiagnosed HIV infection in a MSM sample recruited in 13 European cities. BMC Infect Dis. 2018 Aug 6;18(1):368.

Delgado AP, Dias S, Tolentino A, Russo G, Ferrinho P. Evolução da política de educação médica em Cabo Verde. Saude Soc. 2018 Oct;27(4):1186-1205.

Pottie K, Lotfi T, Kilzar L, Howeiss P, Rizk N, Akl EA, Dias S, Biggs BA, Christensen R, Rahman P, Magwood O, Tran A, Rowbotham N, Pharris A, Noori T, Pareek M, Morton R. The Effectiveness and Cost-Effectiveness of Screening for HIV in Migrants in the EU/EEA: A Systematic Review. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2018 Aug 9;15(8):pii:E1700.

Oliveira F, Vargas A, Hartz Z, Dias S, Ferreira E. [Elementary and lower secondary school students' perceptions of the Health at School Programme: a case study in Belo Horizonte]. Cien Saude Colet. 2018 Sep;23(9):2891-2898.

Rosińska M, Gios L, Nöstlinger C, Vanden Berghe W, Marcus U, Schink S, Sherriff N, Jones AM, Folch C, Dias S, Velicko I, Mirandola M; Sialon II Network. Prevalence of drug use during sex amongst MSM in Europe: Results from a multi-site bio-behavioural survey. Int J Drug Policy. 2018;55:231-241.

Dias SS, Mbofana F, Cassy SR, Dias S, Augusto GF, Agadjanian V, Martins MRO. Estimating risk factors for HIV infection among women in Mozambique using population-based survey data. Afr J AIDS Res. 2018 Mar;17(1):62-71.

 

More details of publications can be found at:

Google Scholar: https://scholar.google.pt/citations?user=dDj-XuJ6hLMC&hl=pt-PT

Spocus: https://www.scopus.com/authid/detail.uri?authorId=8869411500

ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-5085-0685

 

Coordinator of the Public Health Research Center since December 2018.

Member of the Executive Committee of the Comprehensive Health Research Centre (CHRC) since 2019.

Coordinator of the NOVA Migration and Health Group, of NOVAsaúde, Universidade NOVA de Lisboa, since 2018.

Member of the Steering Committee of European Public Health Association(EUPHA) - Section on Migrant and Ethnic Minority Health, since 2012.

Integrates the Governance Group of the International Collaboration for Participatory Health Research (ICPHR) network since 2014.

Integrates the Management Group of Academic Network for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights Policy (ANSER) since 2016.

Editor or Associate Editor of several scientific journals: “BMC Health Services Research”, “BMC International Health and Human Rights”, “AIMS Public Health”.

Over 200 communications in international and national scientific meetings and conferences.

Was the Coordinator of the International and Technical Cooperation division of WHO Collaborating Centre on health Workforce Policy and Planning – Institute of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (WHOCC-IHMT) between 2012 and 2016.

Member of several international and national research networks, scientific committees and organizing committees of several scientific meetings.

Participation on the “COST Action: IS1103 – "Adapting European health systems to diversity" (ADAPT) Working Group.

Collaborates with several European and Brazilian universities.