Luzia Travado


Clinical Health Psychologist

Clinical Center of the Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown

Luzia Travado, PhD, MSc, ClinPsych, is clinical health psychologist specialized in Psycho-oncology. She is currently head of Psycho-Oncology at the Clinical Center of the Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown, Champalimaud Foundation, Lisbon, Portugal (2011-). She has a career of more than 30 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) and has conducted a National Pilot Communication Skills Training Program for Oncologists; she represented Portugal at the European Partnership on Action Against Cancer (2009-2014), and led the Psychosocial Oncology Action under this partnership. She has been participating 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, Cancer Control in Europe (2014-2017), European Commission Initiative on Breast Cancer (ECIBC 2013-), European Guide for Quality National Cancer Control Programs, among others). Served as President of the International Psycho-Oncology Society (IPOS: 2014-2017), currently past-president 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. She is PI of a national funded project regarding Distress and regional brain metabolism in MBC patients, and researcher at other European funded projects. Has many scientific papers published in Int’l peer-review journals and book-chapters, having served as Specialty-editor for The Breast and reviewer for various scientific journals.

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