Joana Proença Becker


Joana Proença Becker is a psychologist; a psychotherapist; a researcher at the Trauma Observatory of the Center for Social Studies (CES) of the University of Coimbra (UC); a member of the Certification Committee of the European Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ESTSS); and the coordinator of the V Training Course on Piscotraumatology (with access to the European Certificate of Psychotraumatology validated by ESTSS). Becker has a PhD in Clinical Psychology, a master's degree in Social and Cultural Psychiatry and in Clinical Psychology, and she has obtained the Certificate General in Psychotraumatology issued by ESTSS. She has worked with trauma since 2008, starting her career with the assessment of children and adolescents who were victims of sexual abuse, and also observing the screening of juvenile offenders. Becker is part of the research team at the "Resource Center for Stress in Military Context" (Ministry of National Defense), has given lessons on psychoanalysis and dynamic psychotherapy, workshops on PTSD and crisis and catastrophe situations, and has been a speaker at events in the area of mental health and a reviewer of national and international scientific journals.Her research interest field is the effects of Dynamic Psychotherapy in the treatment of different psychopathologies, the normal and pathological reactions after potentially traumatic events, and the psychological consequences of crises and catastrophes.

Latest Publications

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Proença Becker, Joana; Farate, Carlos; Sequeira, Joana; Vicente, Henrique Testa (2024), "Dreaming about the pandemic: A thematic content analysis of COVID-19-related dreams during the outbreak in Portugal.", Dreaming

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Quartilho, Manuel João; Becker, Joana Proença; Carona, Carlos (2023), "Democracia, humanidades e educação cívica", Revista Crítica de Ciências Sociais, 132, 3-26

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Becker, Joana Proença; Paixão, Rui; Correia-Santos, Patrícia; Quartilho, Manuel João (2023), "Posttraumatic Stress and Somatic Symptoms in Firefighters: A Mediation Analysis of the Impact of Potentially Traumatic Events", Societies, 13, 9, 206

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