Lisa Matos

Lisa Matos
PhD Student
Health Team

Lisa Matos is a Doctoral Fellow in Clinical Psychology (FCT Grant SFRH/BD/129602/2017), studying post-resettlement meaning-making processes and psychological adjustment following refugee trauma. Her primary research interests include: assessment of human rights violations and refugee trauma including torture in survivors; trauma recovery and psychological adjustment in refugee populations; posttraumatic meaning-making processes; and cultural idioms of distress. Her other research interests include: vicarious trauma; vicarious posttraumatic growth; meaning-making processes in direct service providers and humanitarian workers; aspects of self-care and resilience; training, program development and evaluation.

Supervised by: Isabel Leal

Main publications

Matos, L. Costa, P. A., Park, C. L., Indart, M. J., & Leal, I. (2021). “The war made me a better person”: Syrian refugees’ meaning-making trajectories in the aftermath of collective trauma. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 18(16), 8481. doi: 10.3390/ijerph18168481
Matos, L., Indart, M. J., Park, C. L., & Leal, I. (2021). “That is Not my Country Anymore”: Pre- and Postdisplacement Trauma, Stressors, and Distress in War-Affected Syrian Civilians. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1037/tra0001031
Matos, L., Indart, M., Park, C., & Leal, I. (2020). Adapting the global meaning violation scale for use with arabic-speaking refugees. Psicologia, Saúde & Doenças21(1), 3-7. doi:10.15309/20psd210102
Matos, L., Indart, M., Park, C., & Leal, I. (2018). Meaning-making and psychological adjustment following refugee trauma. In Leal, I., von Humboldt, S., Ramos, C., Valente, A.F., Pais-Ribeiro, J.L. (Ed.) 12 Congresso Nacional de Psicologia da Saúde – Atas. (pp. 531-521). Lisbon: ISPA. ISBN: 978-972-8384-47-8
Barneche, K., & Matos, L., (2014). Case Management for Immigrant Survivors of Torture: An Examination of HealthRight International’s Access to Support and Services for Survivors of Torture Program (ASSIST). Global Social Welfare: Research, Policy and Practice, 1(2), 75-80. doi:10.1007/s40609-014-0002-0