Teresa Costa Castanho

  • ageing
  • cognition
  • neuropsychology
  • telemedicine
  • dementia
  • mental health

Teresa Costa Castanho completed her Master in Health Psychology in 2010 by the School of Psychology (University of Minho). In 2012, Teresa received a PhD fellowship from the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT) and her work was mainly focused on rapid assessment cognitive tools in the cognitive spectrum from normal to dementia. She completed her PhD in Health Sciences from the School of Medicine (University of Minho) in 2017. During her doctorate, Teresa also collaborated in other projects that took place in the School of Medicine and 2CA-Braga related to cognitive aging, stress in medical students, Delirium in the emergency department, bariatric surgery and mood, and impact of caffeine on the brain. After her PhD, Teresa joined as a post-doc fellow, the “EuStress Project” (Optimizer Enterprise & ICVS/3B’s Associate Lab), which allowed Teresa a better understanding on the usability of wearable devices on health monitoring. In 2019, Teresa started a post-doc where she recruited people over 55 years and screened for cognition to further determine factors associated with cognitive performance and potential biomarkers of healthy/unhealthy aging (Medpersyst project). Since the beginning of her PhD, Teresa already recruited and interviewed more than 1000 participants. Currently, she’s a Psychologist in the P5 Medicine Center Association and managed as a Principal Investigator one FCT project, obtained in the 2nd Edition of Research4Covid19 grants. Teresa is an author of 28 papers published in international peer-reviewed journals and is also a collaborator as a Rater in several clinical trials in 2CA-Braga.

Scientific Highlights

1. Castanho TC, Santos NC, Meleiro-Neves C, Neto S, Moura GR, Santos MA, Cruz AR, Cunha O, Castro Rodrigues A, Rodrigues AJ, Sousa N (2021) Association of positive and negative life events with cognitive performance and psychological status in late life: a cross-sectional study in Northern Portugal. Aging Brain 1. doi: 10.1016/j.nbas.2021.100020;
2. Castanho TC, Sousa N, Santos NC (2017) When new technology is an answer for old problems: the use of videoconferencing in cognitive ageing assessment. Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease Reports 1(1): 15–21. doi: 10.3233/ADR-170007
3.Castanho TC, Portugal-Nunes C, Moreira PS, Amorim L, Palha JA, Sousa N, Santos NC (2016) Applicability of the Telephone Interview for Cognitive Status (Modified) in a community sample with low education level: Association with an extensive neuropsychological battery. International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry 31 2(2016): 128-136. doi: 10.1002/gps.4301
4. Castanho TC, Amorim L, Moreira PS, Mariz J, Palha JA, Sousa N, Santos NC (2016) Assessing Cognitive Function in Older Adults Using a Videoconference Approach. EBioMedicine 11 (2016): 278-284. doi: 10.1016/j.ebiom.2016.08.001
5. Castanho TC, Amorim L, Zihl J, Palha JA, Sousa N, Santos NC (2014) Telephone-based screening tools formild cognitive impairment and dementia in aging studies: A review ofvalidated instruments. Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience 6:16. doi: 10.3389/fnagi.2014.00016
6. Castanho TC, Moreira PS, Portugal-Nunes C, Novais A, Costa PS, Palha JA, Sousa N, Santos NC (2014) The role of sex and sex-related hormones in cognition, mood and well-being in older men and women. Biological Psychology 103 (2014):158-166doi: 10.1016/j.biopsycho.2014.08.015
7.Principal Investigator of the RESEARCH 4 COVID-19 2nd Edition Project “Effects of COVID-19 pandemic on psychological status and cognitive function of senior adults: follow-up of an established aging cohort”- Project n.504 – Funds attributed: 37.017.84 €; (Status: Finished, 07/2020-06/2021)


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