Alexandra Ferreira-Valente

Alexandra Ferreira Valente
Integrated Member
Health Team

Alexandra Ferreira-Valente is interested in the positive orientation of health psychology, pain assessment and management, effects and mechanisms of psychological pain interventions and cross-cultural research. She is particularly focused on contributing to determining the psychological variables predicting good adjustment to life in people with chronic pain of all ages and from different cultural and religious backgrounds, including cross-culturally comparing people with chronic pain from different countries and religious groups. She is also dedicated to the study of the mechanisms explaining the effects of self-management strategies and psychological and spiritual interventions on the adjustment to life in healthy and not healthy people. In her research work, she combines cognitive-behavioral and existentialistic approaches with the overarching and long-term aim of helping patients better manage chronic pain and its effects on their lives. Alexandra’s interests go beyond the field of health psychology, and also include the study of the factors and interventions contributing to students’ in healthcare fields (e.g. medicine, psychology, etc.) development and adaptation. She is particularly interested in developing interventions to promote psychology students’ empathy and communication skills and to reduce students’ stress.

Main 5 publications

Ferreira-Valente, A., Damião, C., Pais-Ribeiro, J., & Jensen, M. P. (2020). The Role of Spirituality in Pain, Function, and Coping in Individuals with Chronic Pain. Pain medicine (Malden, Mass.)21(3), 448–457. doi:10.1093/pm/pnz092
Ferreira-Valente, A., Monteiro, J., Barbosa, R. et al. (2017). Clarifying changes in student empathy throughout medical school: a scoping review. Advances in Health Sciences Education, 22(5), 1293-1313. doi:10.1007/s10459-016-9704-7
Ferreira-Valente, A., Costa, P., Eorduy, M., et al. (2016). Psychometric properties of the Spanish version of the Jefferson Scale of empathy: making sense of the total score through a second order confirmatory factor analysis. BMC Medical Education, 16, 242. doi:10.1186/s12909-016-0763-5
Ferreira-Valente, A., Pais-Ribeiro, J.L., & Jensen, M.P. (2014). Association between psychosocial factors and pain intensity, physical functioning, and psychological functioning in patients with chronic pain: A cross-cultural comparison. Clinical Journal of Pain, 30(8), 713-723. doi:10.1097/AJP.0000000000000027
Ferreira-Valente, A., Ribeiro, J.L.P., Jensen, M.P, & Almeida, R. (2011). Coping with chronic musculoskeletal pain in Portugal and in the USA: A cross-cultural study. Pain Medicine, 12(10), 1470-1480. doi:10.1111/j.1526-4637.2011.01208.x