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Sónia F. Dias has a PhD in International Health and a Degree in Psychology. She is Associate Professor at the Institute of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (IHMT), Universidade Nova de Lisboa (IHMT/UNL).
She is Coordinator of the Doctoral Program of International Health and member of the Scientific Commission of IHMT. She was Director of the International Public Health Unit of the IHMT between 2012 and 2015. She teaches postgraduate courses in IHMT and has been invited to teach in several national and international Universities. She supervises PhD students and Masters.
She has been involved in international research (in EU and in Portuguese-speaking African countries) and national projects concerning health of vulnerable groups – migrants’ health; sexual health promotion – HIV/other STI prevention; access to health services and community intervention. She has been involved in the development of methodological approaches in research and intervention with vulnerable populations, using community-based participatory research, combining quantitative and qualitative methods, with a view to promoting exchange of information and a basis for comparative studies.
She has acted as an expert consultant for WHO, World Bank, European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, and International Organization for Migration, among others.
She has published more than 60 papers in international and national peer-reviewed journals, and is author/co-author of 15 books chapters and 4 books.
My group is focused on research and intervention in the area of health promotion and disease prevention of vulnerable groups (particularly migrants, men who have sex with men, and sex workers), HIV infection and other STI, access to and utilization of health services, as well as methods for sampling and recruiting hard-to-reach populations.
Our goal is to identify the health needs of vulnerable populations, and the political, structural, social and behavioural determinants, involving communities in the health improvement process through culturally relevant routes of change.
Team: Ana Gama, Marta Pingarilho, Vera Reigado, Charlotte Oliveira, Ana Tavares
- Dias S, Gama A, Fuertes R, Mendão L, Barros H. (2015) Risk-taking behaviours and HIV infection among sex workers in Portugal: results from a cross-sectional survey. Sex Transm Infect, 91(5):346-52. doi: 10.1136/sextrans-2014-051697.
- Ferreira-Borges, C., Dias, S., Babor, T., Esser, M. B., & Parry, C. D. H. (2015). Alcohol and public health in Africa: can we prevent alcohol-related harm from increasing? Addiction, 110(9):1373-1379.
- Dias S, Marques A, Gama A, Martins MO. (2014) HIV risky sexual behaviors and HIV infection among immigrants: a cross-sectional study in Lisbon, Portugal. Int J Environ Res Public Health, 20; 11(8):8552-66. doi: 10.3390/ijerph110808552.
- Priebe, S., Sandhu, S., Dias, S., Gaddini, A., Greacen, T., Ioannidis, E., Kluge, U., Krasnik, A., Lamkaddem, M., Lorant, V., Riera, R. P., Sarvary, A., Soares, J. J., Stankunas, M., Strassmayr, C., Wahlbeck, K., Welbel, M., & Bogic, M. (2011). Good practice in health care for migrants: views and experiences of care professionals in 16 European countries. BMC Public Health, 11(1), 187-199.
- Dias SF, Severo M, Barros H. (2008). Determinants of health care utilization by immigrants in Portugal.
BMC Health Serv Res. 7; 8:207. doi: 10.1186/1472-6963-8-207.