Joana Proença Becker


Joana Proença Becker is a researcher at the Trauma Center of the Center for Social Studies (CES) of the University of Coimbra, and member of the Future International Leadership Group of the European Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ESTSS). Becker is graduated in Psychology, specialist in Dynamic Psychotherapy, has master's degree in Social and Cultural Psychiatry (research on traumatic stress and somatic symptoms in the Colonial War veterans), and obtained the Certificate General in Psychotraumatology issued by European Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (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. Currently, Becker is part of the project "Resource Center for Stress in Military Context", funded by the Portuguese Ministry of Defense, and, as PhD student in Clinical Psychology at the Faculty of Psychology and Education Sciences of the University of Coimbra, she is investigating the effects of Dynamic Psychotherapy in the treatment of stress-related diseases of firefighters who were involved at the combat of the 2017 forest fires, in Portugal. In addition, Becker has given workshops on PTSD and crisis and catastrophe situations, 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 treatment of PTSD, the normal and pathological reactions after potentially traumatic events, and the psychological consequences of crises and catastrophes.

Latest Publications

Article in Scientific journal

Becker, Joana Proença; Paixão, Rui; Quartilho, Manuel João (2020), "A Relational Model for Stress: A Systematic Review of the Risk and Protective Factors for Stress-Related Diseases in Firefighters", Psych, 2, 1, 74-84

Book Chapter

Becker, Joana Proença; Paixão, Rui; Aragão Oliveira, Rui (2020), Dynamic Psychotherapy: Is Time the Enemy That Proves to Be an Ally?, in Nova Science Publishers (ISBN 978-1-53618-877-6) (org.), Psychotherapy: Perspectives, Strategies and Challenges. New York, U.S.A.: Hayley Boyd, 93-122

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Article in Scientific journal

Becker, Joana Proença; Paixão, Rui; Silva, Simone; Quartilho, Manuel João; Custódio, Eda M. (2019), "Dynamic Psychotherapy: The Therapeutic Process in the Treatment of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder", Behavioral Sciences, 9, 12, 141