Maria Cristina Canavarro is a Full-time Professor at the Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences of the University of Coimbra (FPCE-UC); researcher, and coordinator of the Center for Research in Neuropsychology and Cognitive and Behavioral Intervention and the Research Group Relationships, Development & Health of CINEICC. She is the Director of the Cognitive Behavioral Unit of the University of Coimbra and a member of the National Ethical Committee for Clinical Research (CEIC). Also, a member of the Order of Portuguese Psychologists (OPP), recognized as an expert psychologist in Clinical and Health Psychology, with advanced expertise in Psychotherapy and Early Intervention.
Maria Cristina was, for twenty-one years, responsible for the Unit of Psychological Intervention (UnIP) of the Daniel de Matos Maternity, Integrated Management Area in Maternal-Fetal Health, of the Coimbra Hospital and University Center (CHUC, EPE). She has participated, as a principal researcher, member, and consultant, in different R&D research projects and other scientific projects.
She is the Co-Principal Investigator of the project ‘BeAMom Trial’, a web-based psychological intervention to promote maternal mental health” (CENTRO-01-0145-FEDER-028699). Maria Cristina has published more than 240 articles in international peer review scientific journals and more than 90 articles in national peer review scientific journals as well as several book chapters and books.