Luzia Travado

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Psycho-Oncology – Clinician and researcher
Champalimaud Clinical & Research Centre,
Champalimaud Foundation, Lisbon, Portugal
President-Emeritus, International Psycho-Oncology Society, (IPOS)
2022 IPOS Jimmie Holland Memorial Award


Luzia Travado, PhD, MSc, ClinPsych, clinical psychologist specialized in health psychology and psycho-oncology, with degrees from Universidade de Lisboa and Universidade de Coimbra, Portugal. She is currently clinician and researcher of Psycho-Oncology at the Champalimaud Clinical and Research Center of the Champalimaud Foundation, Lisbon.

She has a career of more than 35 years initiated at Hospital S. José-Central Lisbon University Hospital Centre, where she was Chief of Clinical Psychology and has pioneered health psychology by developing psychosocial programs for clinical populations with chronic conditions including cancer. She has been a professor of Psycho-oncology at University level and a trainer of Communication skills for healthcare professionals.

She served as adviser of the National Cancer Director in Portugal (2007-2011), and contributed for the Nat’l Cancer Control Programme introducing psychosocial care for cancer patients. She represented Portugal at the European Commission initiative – the European Partnership on Action Against Cancer (EPAAC, 2009-2019) and led the Psychosocial Oncology Action under this partnership. She has also been a very active advocate at European cancer policy level participating in various European collaborative projects and having contributed to a number of European Commission Initiatives (EPAAC, CANCON, ECIBC, among others) as expert in psycho-oncology, having psychosocial cancer care included in main policy, recommendation, and guide documents, which have contributed to the improvement of European cancer policies.

As a recognition of those achievements the International Psycho-Oncology Society (IPOS) have awarded her the Jimmie Holland Memorial Award in 2022. She served as President of the International Psycho-Oncology Society, currently President-Emeritus, was Chair of the IPOS World Congress of Psycho-Oncology held in Lisbon 2014, and Co-chair of the Scientific Committee the IPOS 2023 World Congress held in Milan.

She has been researcher of national and international funded research projects some as PI. Her main interests are psycho-oncology, in which psychological interventions for cancer patients, survivorship care and quality of life, biobehavioral process linked with stress, negative affect, and survival in cancer patients, communication skills training for cancer healthcare professionals, and cancer policies play a major role.

She has many scientific papers published in Int’l peer-review journals and book-chapters, having also served as Specialty-editor for The Breast, and current Editorial Board Member of various scientific journals: Palliative and Supportive Care journal, Journal of Psychosocial Oncology Research and Practice, Psicooncología, International Journal of Clinical and Health Psychology.


Updated: October 2023