Supportive Environments for Individuals’ Lifespan Development

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Margarida Gaspar de Matos
Head

This research group explores natural/built environments and modifiable lifestyle factors, with focus on their influence on human health throughout life, including other areas beyond health.

Interventions designed for disease prevention and health promotion (e.g., green cities, food safety, physical activity, occupational health) have been assessed for their impact on wellbeing and health outcomes. The development/adaptation of applied methods is also a key topic of interest in terms of exposure assessment, particularly in relation to human biomonitoring since it contributes to a better understanding of both the health-environment relationship and the barriers/supporters to healthy lifestyles.

Findings can be used to highlight the areas for innovative action, thereby supporting adoption and enforcement of beneficial policies for health and wellbeing. As a result, the results can be highly relevant to non-health sectors, whose activities influence many of the root environmental factors that (directly or indirectly) affect health and behaviour.

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We are particularly interested on the study of health promotion environments' characteristics and way of action, in people's health across the lifespan, in order to develop both health prevention and promotion guideline, for populations, health professionals and policymakers.

Margarida Gaspar de Matos

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Selected publications

Wang K, Goldenberg A, Dorison C, … Moshontz H (2021). A multi-country test of brief reappraisal interventions on emotions during the COVID-19 pandemic. Nature Human Behaviour 5: 1089–1110.

Wainwright T, Matos MG, Salmela-Aro K (2021). Psychology and the Environmental CrisisEuropean Psychologist 26(3): 155-158.

Gaspar T, Gomez-Baya D, Trindade J, Guedes FB, Cerqueira A, Matos MG (2021). Relationship Between Family Functioning, Parents’ Psychosocial Factors, and Children’s Well-Being. Journal of Family Issues. First Published July 9, 2021.

Tomé G, Matos MG, Reis M, Gomez-Baya D, Coelhosa F, Wiium N (2021). Positive Youth Development and Wellbeing: Gender DifferencesFront. Psychol, 20 July 2021.