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Rute Dinis de Sousa

Head of Strategy & Funding

Rute Dinis de Sousa has an international MBA and a Master's Degree in Clinical Psychology. She also holds the title of Specialist in Clinical and Health Psychology. She currently serves as Executive Director of the Comprehensive Health Research Centre (CHRC) Research Unit and manager of the EpiDoC research group at NOVA Medical School. She is co-author of multiple papers in scientific journals (H-index 11) and has received several awards, including the Grand Prix of Medicine Bial 2016. Rute collaborates on funded projects, nationally and internationally. She is also PhD candidate studying trajectories and prognostic model of depression in the adult Portuguese Population.

1. Maria João Gregório; Ana M. Rodrigues; Clara Salvador; Dias, Sara Simões; Sousa, RD; Jorge M. Mendes; Pedro S. Coelho; et al. "Validation of the Telephone-Administered Version of the Mediterranean Diet Adherence Screener (MEDAS) Questionnaire". Nutrients (2020): https://www.mdpi.com/2072-6643/12/5/1511.
2. Caeiro, Carmen; Canhão, Helena; Paiva, Sofia; Gomes, Luís A.; Fernandes, Rita; Rodrigues, Ana Maria; Sousa, Rute; et al. "Interdisciplinary stratified care for low back pain: A qualitative study on the acceptability, potential facilitators and barriers to implementation". PLOS ONE 14 11 (2019): e0225336. http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0225336.
3. Melo, António; Matias, Maria Ana; Dias, Sara S; Gregório, Maria João; Rodrigues, Ana M; de Sousa, Rute Dinis; Canhão, Helena; Perelman, Julian. "Is food insecurity related to health-care use, access and absenteeism?". Public Health Nutrition 22 17 (2019): 3211-3219. http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/s1368980019001885.
4. Rute Dinis de Sousa. "Psoriatic arthritis and ankylosing spondylitis impact on health-related quality of life and working life: a comparative population-based study". Acta Reumatológica 44 (2019): 254-265. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/32008031.
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5. Dias, Sara Simões; Rodrigues, Ana Maria; Gregório, Maria João; de Sousa, Rute Dinis; Branco, Jaime Cunha; Canhão, Helena. "Cohort Profile: The Epidemiology of Chronic Diseases Cohort (EpiDoC)". International Journal of Epidemiology 47 6 (2018): 1741-1742j. http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/ije/dyy185.
6. Grønning, Kjersti; Espnes, Geir A.; Nguyen, Camilla; Rodrigues, Ana Maria Ferreira; Gregorio, Maria Joao; Sousa, Rute; Canhão, Helena; André, Beate. "Psychological distress in elderly people is associated with diet, wellbeing, health status, social support and physical functioning- a HUNT3 study". BMC Geriatrics 18 1 (2018): http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12877-018-0891-3.
7. Fernandes, Simone G.; Rodrigues, Ana M.; Nunes, Carla; Santos, Osvaldo; Gregório, Maria J.; de Sousa, Rute Dinis; Dias, Sara; Canhão, Helena. "Food Insecurity in Older Adults: Results From the Epidemiology of Chronic Diseases Cohort Study 3". Frontiers in Medicine 5 (2018): http://dx.doi.org/10.3389/fmed.2018.00203.
8. Liotta, Giuseppe; Canhao, Helena; Cenko, Fabian; Cutini, Rita; Vellone, Ercole; Illario, Maddalena; Kardas, Przemyslaw; et al. "Active Ageing in Europe: Adding Healthy Life to Years". Frontiers in Medicine 5 (2018): http://dx.doi.org/10.3389/fmed.2018.00123.
9. Rodrigues, Ana Maria; Gregório, Maria João; Sousa, Rute Dinis; Dias, Sara S; Santos, Maria José; Mendes, Jorge M; Coelho, Pedro Simões; Branco, Jaime C; Canhão, Helena. "Challenges of Ageing in Portugal: Data from the EpiDoC Cohort". Acta Médica Portuguesa 31 2 (2018): 80. http://dx.doi.org/10.20344/amp.9817.
10. Gregório, Maria João; Rodrigues, Ana M.; Graça, Pedro; de Sousa, Rute Dinis; Dias, Sara S.; Branco, Jaime C.; Canhão, Helena. "Food Insecurity Is Associated with Low Adherence to the Mediterranean Diet and Adverse Health Conditions in Portuguese Adults". Frontiers in Public Health 6 (2018): http://dx.doi.org/10.3389/fpubh.2018.00038.
11. Reis, Cátia; Dias, Sara; Rodrigues, Ana Maria; Sousa, Rute Dinis; Gregório, Maria João; Branco, Jaime; Canhão, Helena; Paiva, Teresa. "Sleep duration, lifestyles and chronic diseases: a cross-sectional population-based study". Sleep Science 11 4 (2018): 217-230. http://dx.doi.org/10.5935/1984-0063.20180036.
12. Rodrigues AM; Gregório MJ; Gein P; Eusébio M; Santos MJ; de Sousa RD; Coelho PS; et al. "Home-Based Intervention Program to Reduce Food Insecurity in Elderly Populations Using a TV App: Study Protocol of the Randomized Controlled Trial Saúde.Come Senior.". JMIR research protocols (2017): http://europepmc.org/abstract/med/28288956.
13. de Sousa RD; Rodrigues AM; Gregório MJ; Branco JDC; Gouveia MJ; Canhão H; Dias SS; et al. "Anxiety and Depression in the Portuguese Older Adults: Prevalence and Associated Factors.". Frontiers in medicine 4 (2017): http://europepmc.org/abstract/med/29209612.
14. André, B.; Canhão, H.; Espnes, G.A.; Ferreira Rodrigues, A.M.; Gregorio, M.J.; Nguyen, C.; Sousa, R.; Grønning, K.. "Is there an association between food patterns and life satisfaction among Norway's inhabitants ages 65 years and older?". Appetite 110 (2017): 108-115. http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?eid=2-s2.0-85007137508&partnerID=MN8TOARS.
15. Gregório MJ; Rodrigues AM; Eusébio M; Sousa RD; Dias S; André B; Grønning K; et al. "Dietary Patterns Characterized by High Meat Consumption Are Associated with Other Unhealthy Life Styles and Depression Symptoms.". Frontiers in nutrition (2017): http://europepmc.org/abstract/med/28660194.


  • Grande Prémio Bial da Medicina – Abril 2017: EpiReumaPt - the dream of a generation in a decade of work. Fundação Bial, Portugal
  • Prémio Janssen Immunology Real World Evidence Award
  • Prémio Assunção Teixeira
  • Sociedade Portuguesa de Reumatologia, Portugal