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  • Habilitation (Agregação) (2018) - ISPA - Instituto Universitário – Lisbon - Portugal
  • PhD. (2000) in Health Psychology - University of London: Kings College, London, UK
  • Master of Science in Health Psychology (1994) University of London UMDS – United Medical & Dental Schools of Guy´s and St. Thomas’s, London, UK
  • Graduation (1989) – Clinical Psychology – ISPA, Lisbon
  • Illness perceptions, Health-related Beliefs, Behavior- change, Health and well-being, Chronic disease, Health promotion.
  • Present – Full Professor Zayed University - College of Natural and Health Sciences, Dep. of Psychology, Abu Dhabi – United Arab Emirates
  • August 2019 – July 2022  - Associate Professor with Habilitation -   Zayed University - College of Natural and Health Sciences, Dep. of Psychology, Abu Dhabi – United Arab Emirates
  • 2000 – 2019 - Associate Professor (since 2008) - Piaget Institute- ISEIT – Almada
  • 2012 – 2019 - Invited Associate Professor - Portuguese Catholic University – Lisbon
  • 2005-2007 - Invited Assistant Professor – Universidade de Evora – Portugal
  • 1998- 2002 – Assistant Professor – Escola de Saude, Egas Moniz, Almada, Portugal
  • 1996-2003 – Invited Assistant Professor – Master of Health Psychology, ISPA- Instituto Universitario, Lisbon, Portugal
  • 1996-2003 – Invited Assistant Professor – Master of Health Psychology, Universidade 
  • University teacher since 1996
  • 2008 – 2019 - Scientific Coordinator of the master’s degree in Clinical and Health Psychology - Piaget Institute – Almada, Portugal
  • Senior researcher in Clinical Health Psychology – Scientific coordinator and PI of R&D projects
  • Clinical Psychologist (private practice)
  • 2020 - Registered EuroPsy Psychologist
  • Effective member of the Portuguese Order of Psychologists since 2010
  • President-elect of the Portuguese Association of Health and Behavioral Sciences; Member of the International Society of Behavioral Medicine (ISBM) - 2015 – 2019
  • 2019 – a representative member of Ordem dos Psicologos Portugueses in the scientific committee for the National Program for Diabetes, requested by the Direcao Geral da Saude (DGS) in Portugal
  • 2016 – 2019 Member of the Scientific Advisory Council of the Order of Portuguese Psychologists
  • 2016 – 2019 Member of the Social Council of the Institute of Education and Psychology of Lusíada University - Lisbon
  • Consultant of the research project "Women's health: psychological factors associated with prevention and self-care behaviors in the face of cervical cancer." UNISINOS-PUCRS, Rio Grande do Sul (Brazil). PI: Dr. Elisa Kern de Castro.
  • (2014 – 2019) Full Member - RECI - (Research Education and Community Intervention) - Piaget Institute
  • Full member of the Research Unit in Psychology and Health (UIPES) - ISPA, Lisbon - until 2013
  • Collaborating member of CIPSI (ENSP) - Associated Laboratory - Malaria and Tropical Diseases Center until 2012
  • 2011-2016 Cardiac rehabilitation team - Clinical Health Psychologist, Instituto de Cardiologia Preventiva de Almada (ICPA)
  • 2016 - 2019 - Clinical Psychologist (team coordinator)- Cuf Almada - José de Mello Saúde
  • 2010 – 2019 - Clinical Psychologist -  Centro de Desenvolvimento e Psicologia de Almada
  • 2017 – 2019 - Clinical Psychologist - Vitamin P
  • Lisbon Atlantis Healthcare - research project collaboration - AbbVie Care 2.0 research project. - August 2015 - London - United Kingdom
  • Full member of the European Health Psychology Society (EHPS) - since 1994
  • Full member of the Portuguese Society of Health Psychology – SPPS since 1995
  • Neto, D.D., Figueiras, M.J. & Sebastião, R. Representations of depression and schizophrenia in the community: The role of illness and risk perceptions on help-seeking intentions. Front. Psychol 13:1011195 https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2022.1011195
  • Figueiras, M. J., Neto, D. D., Marôco, J., & Carmo, C. (2022). How Do Healthy Women Perceive the Risk of Breast Cancer? The Role of Illness Perceptions and Compared Risk between Portugal and the U.A.E. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 19(19), 12923. MDPI AG. Retrieved from http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/ijerph191912923
  • Figueiras, M. J., Neto, D. D., & Marôco, J. (2022). Understanding the relationship between illness perceptions of breast cancer and perceived risk in a sample of U.A.E. female university students: the role of comparative risk. BMC women's health, 22(1), 193. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12905-022-01771-5
  • Figueiras, M.J. Neto, D.D. Marôco J.& Kern de Castro, E. (2022) Is my risk lower than yours? The role of compared risk, illness perceptions, and self-efficacy as determinants of perceived risk for COVID-19, Health, Risk & Society, 24:1-2, 54-66, https://doi.org/10.1080/13698575.2022.2031911
  • Figueiras MJ, Ghorayeb J, Coutinho MVC, Marôco J and Thomas J (2021) Levels of Trust in Information Sources as a Predictor of Protective Health Behaviors During COVID-19 Pandemic: A UAE Cross-Sectional Study. Front. Psychol. 12:633550. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2021.633550
  • Vieira, R. V. A., Sbicigo, J. B., Armiliato, M. J., Castro, E. K., & Figueiras, M. J. (2021).Psychometric properties of the Brazilian version of the Revised Illness Perception Questionnaire for Healthy Women. Paidéia (Ribeirão Preto), https://31,e3103.doi:https://doi.org/10.1590/1982-4327e3103
  • Neto, D. D., Rocha, I., Figueiras, M. J. & Silva, A. N. da (2020). Measuring mental health literacy: Adaptation and validation of the Portuguese version of the mental health literacy Scale (MHLS). European Journal of Mental Health, 16(1), 64-77 https://doi.org/10.5708/EJMH.16.2021.1.5
  • Thomas, J., Barbato, M., Verlinden, M., Gaspar, C., Moussa, M., Ghorayeb, J., Menon, A., Figueiras, M.J., Arora, T., & Bentall, R.P. (2020) Psychosocial Correlates of Depression and Anxiety in the United Arab Emirates During the COVID-19 Pandemic. Frontiers in Psychiatry. Vol.11, pp 1248, https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyt.2020.564172
  • Dekker, J., Amitami, M., Berman, A.H. Brown, H., Cleal , B., Figueiras, M.J., Finney Rutten, L.J.,Fors, E.A., Griva, K., Gu, J., Keyworth, C., Kleinstäuber, M., Lahmann, C., (…) & Nater U.M Definition and Characteristics of Behavioral Medicine, and Main Tasks and Goals of the International Society of Behavioral Medicine—an International Delphi Study. Int.J. Behav. Med.(2020). https://doi.org/10.1007/s12529-020-09928-y
  • Figueiras, M.J & Dias Neto, D. (2019) Editorial – Challenges in “tailoring” adjustment – New ways of improving response to chronic conditions – European Psychologist – Vol. 24 (1) pp 1-6. https://doi.org/10.1027/1016-9040/a000348
  • 2010 - Portuguese Society of Health Psychology - Merit Researcher Award
  • 2008 - Young Researcher Merit Award - Portuguese Society of Health Psychology
  • 2007 - 2nd Poster Best Communication Award - 2nd International Symposium on Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder – Portalegre, Portugal 
  • 2006 - Young Researcher Merit Award  - Portuguese Society of Health Psychology