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Dr Maria Joao ForjazResearcher


National School of Public Health; Carlos III Institute of Health

Job title

Scientific Researcher


Monforte de Lemos 5
28029 Madrid


Clinical Sciences / Geriatrics, Psychology, Public Health

Specialist areas

Quality of life in ageing
Patient reported health outcomes

Methodology areas

Scale development and validation (classic psychometrics)
Rasch analysis


Undergraduate degree in psychology from University of Lisbon. PhD in clinical psychology obtained in the University of North Texas with a Fulbright scholarship. Current position as a scientific researcher in National School of Public Health, Carlos III Institute of Health, Spain. Principal investigator of several publicly-funded grants on quality of life in old age, dementia and residence care. Author of almost 30 papers on peer-review journals. Evaluator of scientific proposal for the Spanish National Agency of Evaluation (ANEP), from the ministry of science. Peer-reviewer for several scientific journals. Fluent in English, Spanish, Portuguese and French. Recipient of several scientific awards, scholarships and grants. Research topics: quality of life, Parkinson’s disease, dementia, patient reported outcomes, scale development and validation, psychometrics, Rasch analysis, caregiver burden, public health.