Patrício Costa

  • data analysis
  • statistics
  • research methodologies
  • machine learning
  • marketing
  • voting behaviour
  • cognition
  • empathy

Patrício Costa is a graduated and post-graduated in Statistics and Information Management, and has a Master in Modeling, Data Analysis and Decision Support Systems. He holds a PhD in Contemporary Political Processes and Habilitation in Health Sciences.
He is an Associate Professor at the School of Medicine at the University of Minho, where he teaches Biostatistics. He is also an Invited Associate Professor at the Faculty of Psychology and Education Sciences, University of Porto, where he teaches content related to Research Methodologies, Data Analysis, and Statistics applied to Psychology.
He also accumulates business activity as project manager and is technically responsible for surveys in an opinion and market research company. He coordinated three funded projects related to political participation (Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian; FCG) and the effects of leader traits on voting behavior (Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia, FCT; 2CA) and published more than a hundred scientific articles in international journals. He served as a consultant for projects funded by Fundação Francisco Manuel dos Santos (FFMS) and FCT and was a team member on four projects funded by FCT.
He has consolidated data analysis expertise in natural and social sciences with several statistical packages.
He supervised four PhD students and eight master’s students and currently supervising eight PhD and four master’s students. His research interests are mainly related to statistical procedures for data analysis, research methodologies, machine learning, marketing, voting behaviour, and cognition and empathy skills.

Scientific Highlights

– Costa, P., Magalhães, E., & Costa, M. J. (2013). A latent growth model suggests that empathy of medical students does not decline over time.Advances in Health Sciences Education, 18(3), 509-522.
– Costa, P. S.*, Santos, N. C.*, Cunha, P., Cotter, J., & Sousa, N. (2013). The use of multiple correspondence analysis to explore associations between categories of qualitative variables in healthy ageing. Journal of aging research,2013.
– Costa, P., de Carvalho-Filho, M. A., Schweller, M., Thiemann, P., Salgueira, A., Benson, J., … & Quince, T. (2017). Measuring medical students’ empathy: exploring the underlying constructs of and associations between two widely used self-report instruments in five countries. Academic Medicine, 92(6), 860-867.
– Moreira PS, Sotiropoulos I, Silva J, Takashima A, Sousa N, Leite-Almeida H, Costa PS (2016). The advantages of Structural Equation Modelling to address the complexity of spatial reference learning. Front Behav Neurosci, 10:18.
– Pinto, P. R., Mcintyre, T., Araújo-Soares, V., Almeida, A., & Costa, P. (2018). Psychological factors predict an unfavorable pain trajectory after hysterectomy: a prospective cohort study on chronic postsurgical pain. Pain, 159(5), 956-967.
– Padilha, J. M., Machado, P. P., Ribeiro, A., Ramos, J., & Costa, P. (2019). Clinical Virtual Simulation in Nursing Education: Randomized Controlled Trial. Journal of medical Internet research, 21(3), e11529.
– Ferreira da Silva, F., & Costa, P. (2019). Do we need warm leaders? Exploratory study of the role of voter evaluations of leaders’ traits on turnout in seven European countries. European Journal of Political Research, 58(1), 117-140.
– Barbosa, F., Delerue Matos, A., Voss, G., & Costa, P. (2021). Spousal Care and Pain Among the Population Aged 65 Years and Older: A European Analysis. Frontiers in medicine, 8, 602276.


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