Pedro Morgado

  • OCD
  • Stress
  • Mental Health
  • Schizophrenia
  • Pathological Gambling
  • Decision-making
Pedro Morgado (MD, PhD) is Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Clinical Communication at the School of Medicine and Principal Investigator at ICVS Research Institute, University of Minho, in Braga, Portugal. He is the Regional Coordinator for Mental Health in the North Region of Portugal. He is also head of the Obsessive-Compulsive Spectrum Disorders Unit at Hospital de Braga. His research is focused on obsessive-compulsive spectrum disorders, addictive behaviors, and schizophrenia. He is also interested in clinical communication and the doctor-patient relationship. He has published >100 papers, book chapters, and books and serves on the editorial board of numerous peer-reviewed international journals.
He has been a member of the Board of the Psychiatry College of the Portuguese Medical Council since 2021 and the board of Portuguese Communication in Health Society since 2016. He served as Vice-President of the School of Medicine, University of Minho between 2017-2022. In 2021, he won the FLAD Science Award Mental Health.

Scientific Highlights

“1. Moreira PS, Macoveanu J, Marques P, et al. Altered response to risky decisions and reward in patients with obsessive–compulsive disorder. J Psychiatry Neurosci 2019; 44: 180226–180226.
2. Patel Y, Parker N, Shin J, et al. Virtual Histology of Cortical Thickness and Shared Neurobiology in 6 Psychiatric Disorders. JAMA Psychiatry 2021; 78: 47–63.
3. Picó-Pérez M, Moreira PS, de Melo Ferreira V, et al. Modality-specific overlaps in brain structure and function in obsessive-compulsive disorder: Multimodal meta-analysis of case-control MRI studies. Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews 2020; 112: 83–94.
4. Vilaverde D, Morgado P. Scratching the surface of a neglected threat: huge growth of Instant Lottery in Portugal. The Lancet Psychiatry 2020; 7: e13.
5. Morgado P, Marques F, Ribeiro B, et al. Stress induced risk-aversion is reverted by D2/D3 agonist in the rat. Eur Neuropsychopharmacol 2015; 25: 1744–52.
6. Picó-Pérez M, Vieira R, Fernández-Rodríguez M, Barros MAPD, Radua J, Morgado P. Multimodal meta-analysis of structural gray matter, neurocognitive and social cognitive fMRI findings in schizophrenia patients. Psychological Medicine 2022; 52: 614–24.
7. Dias-Ferreira E, Sousa JC, Melo I, et al. Chronic stress causes frontostriatal reorganization and affects decision-making. Science 2009; 325: 621–5.
8. Ferreira S, Moreira P, Magalhães R, et al. Frontoparietal hyperconnectivity during cognitive regulation in obsessive-compulsive disorder followed by reward valuation inflexibility. Journal of Psychiatric Research 2020; published online Nov 4. DOI:10.1016/j.jpsychires.2020.11.008.
9. Morgado P, Sousa N, Cerqueira JJ. The impact of stress in decision making in the context of uncertainty. J Neurosci Res 2015; 93: 839–47.
10. Picó-Pérez M, Ferreira S, Couto B, Raposo-Lima C, Machado-Sousa M, Morgado P. Sociodemographic and lifestyle predictors of mental health adaptability during COVID-19 compulsory confinement: A longitudinal study in the Portuguese population. Journal of Affective Disorders 2021; 295: 797–803.”