Virgínia Conceição

Virgínia Conceição

Virgínia da Conceição, Clinical and Health Psychology specialist by the Portuguese Psychologists Association, Ph.D. candidate in Public Health at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Porto with the research work entitled “Depression stigma and help-seeking behaviors in university students: the effects of a stigma reduction intervention pre and post covid-19 pandemic”.

As part of her doctoral study, she created a cohort of students from the University of Porto in order to study the effects of an intervention to reduce depression stigma. In 2020, the study was extended so that the effects of COVID-19 on these students’ depressive and anxiety symptoms could also be studied.

Awarded the best E-poster of the Global health group “miscellaneous challenges II” of the Annual Student Research Conference, promoted by EUGLOH in 2020, with the title “Depression and anxiety consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic: a longitudinal cohort study with university students”.

Project manager at the European Alliance Against Depression in Portugal (EUTIMIA), with a particular interest in mental health literacy promotion, mental health reduction, and help-seeking behaviors promotion.

Researcher at the ITR in the group “Literacy in mental health, well-being, depression and suicide prevention”, integrating the research line L2 – Syndemics, health inequalities and vulnerable populations.


Conceição V , Rothes I , Severo M , Griffiths K, Hegerl U , Gusmão R

Health Qual Life Outcomes, 2022 Mar 5;20(1):42. doi: 10.1186/s12955-022-01945-7.

Conceição V , Rothes I , Gusmão R

PLoS One, 2022 Feb 18;17(2):e0263622. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0263622. eCollection 2022.

Gusmão R , Ramalheira C , Conceição V , Severo M , Mesquita E , Xavier M , Barros H

J Affect Disord, 2021 May 3;291:65-75. doi: 10.1016/j.jad.2021.04.048. Online ahead of print.



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