Ana Cristina Paredes

  • Chronic pain
  • Haemophilia
  • Post-surgical pain
  • Quantitative Sensory Testing

Ana Cristina Paredes is a Psychologist with a MSc degree in Health Psychology (2012), and a PhD Student at ICVS since 2020. After some years of clinical practice, Ana Cristina has been working in ICVS since 2016. She is interested in studying the role of psychological factors in pain experience and, more recently, she underwent training in Quantitative Sensory Testing (Department of Neurophysiology, Medical Faculty of the Heidelberg University, Germany). In ICVS, she began her work in the project “PSY-HaEMOPEQ – Effectiveness of two psychological interventions for prevention and management of pain, emotional regulation and promotion of quality of life in people with Haemophilia: a randomized controlled trial and national survey”. Simultaneously, she collaborated in projects around the topic of post-surgical pain, which laid the ground for her PhD project “Pain chronification after total joint arthroplasty: psychological and psychophysical predictors”. At the moment, Ana Cristina is also working on the project “Pain Sensitivity and psychological profile of chronic low back pain patients: Implications for a personalized treatment approach”, for which she won a research grant from the Clinical Academic Center of Braga (2CA-Braga). Ana Cristina has published her research in international peer reviewed journals, being the first author of papers in high-ranking journals in the pain field.

Scientific Highlights

“Prizes and grants
> Doctoral fellowship from the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (2019).
> Clinical research grant from the Clinical Academic Center of Braga (2CA-Braga) (2019).
> Finanial Aid for the 2020 IASP World Congress on Pain.
> Prize for Clinical Research form the Grünenthal Portugal Foundation (2018).

Top papers
> Paredes AC, Pinto JM, Almeida A, Pinto PR. Predictive value of quantitative sensory testing for acute and chronic postsurgical pain after total joint arthroplasty: a systematic review. Pain 2022;163(3):e385-e400.
> Paredes AC, Teixeira P, Almeida A, Pinto PR. Prevalence and interference of chronic pain among people with haemophilia: A systematic review and meta-analysis. J Pain 2021;22(10):1134-1145.
> Paredes AC, Costa P, Almeida A, Pinto PR. A new measure to assess pain in people with haemophilia: The Multidimensional Haemophilia Pain Questionnaire (MHPQ). PloS one 2018;13(11):e0207939.”