Luzia Travado, PhD, MSc, ClinPsych, is clinical health psychologist specialized in Psycho-oncology. She is clinician and researcher of Psycho-Oncology at the Champalimaud Clinical Centre, Champalimaud Foundation, Lisbon, Portugal (2011-). She has a career of more than 35 yrs initiated at Hospital S. José - Central Lisbon 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 (1985-2012).
She served as Adviser for the National Coordinator for Oncological Diseases in Portugal (2007-2011), contributed for the Nat’l Cancer Control Program, the Cancer Roundtable of the Portuguese EU Presidency (2007), and conducted a National Pilot Communication Skills Training Program for Oncologists; she represented Portugal at the European Partnership on Action Against Cancer (EPAAC, 2009-2014), and led the Psychosocial Oncology Action under this partnership. She has been actively participating since then in various European initiatives, conferences and projects regarding improvement of European cancer policies, profiling psycho-oncology and recommendations for the inclusion of psychosocial care in patients’ treatment to improve their outcomes (e.g., EPAAC, CANCON, European Commission Initiative on Breast Cancer (ECIBC), European Guide for Quality National Cancer Control Programs, among others).
Served as President of the International Psycho-Oncology Society (IPOS: 2014-2017), currently President-Emeritus and was Chair of the IPOS World Congress of Psycho-Oncology held in Lisbon 2014. Founder and former president of the Viva Mulher Viva Association on breast cancer. She was cover story at Cancer World in the Nov-Dec 2011 issue. Member of the ESO Core Faculty team, and ESMO-Preceptorship programmes, she teaches psycho-oncology and communication skills. As a researcher she has been PI and also participating in various European (H2020 and other) and Int’l funded projects, as well as national funded ones. She has many scientific papers published in Int’l peer-review journals and book-chapters, having served as Specialty-editor for The Breast and Editorial Board member and reviewer for various scientific journals.
Updated: July 2021