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Stephanie Alves

Project development on child protection / PhD

Stephanie Alves has completed a Master Degree in Clinical and Health Psychology (2013) and received her PhD degree in Clinical Psychology at the University of Coimbra in 2019. She published numerous papers in the domain of parenthood, participated in more than 50 presentations at national and international scientific meetings/conferences, and received 15 rewards. She has collaborated as a clinical psychologist at the Psychological Intervention Unit (UnIP) of the Maternity Daniel de Matos (CHUC, E.P.E – Coimbra) between 2013 and 2018. Her general area of research is the transition to parenthood, with a focus on couple-related processes and dyadic data analysis, risk assessment and prediction, and family foster care and adoption. Since 2020, she is conducting several research projects at ProChild CoLAB in the domain of Child Welfare Protection, in particular, family foster care(which aims to establish a foster care model of recruitment, selection and ongoing support of foster care families in Portugal) and child’s adoption (e.g., post-adoption support). She coordinates several task forces, composed by academics and key stakeholders in these areas in order to ensure an ongoing collaborative work between research and practice.



Travelling, exploring other cultures, playing outside with my little dog (Luna) and spending time with my friends and family.



Daughter of emigrant parents, I was born in Switzerland, lived there for 15 years, and then returned to Portugal with my family. Maybe that’s why, my favorite seasons are the coldest.

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