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Maria Raul Lobo Xavier is an Assistant Professor and researcher at the Research Centre for Human Development at the Faculty of Education and Psychology (FEP) of the Universidade Católica Portuguesa. She has a degree in Psychology from the Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences of the University of Porto (1988) and a PhD in Biomedical Sciences from the Institute of Biomedical Sciences Abel Salazar, University of Porto (2001). At FEP-UCP, she was coordinator of the Degree in Psychology of FEP (2008-2014) coordinator of the University Clinic of Psychology - CUP (2014-2019), and President of the Pedagogical Board (2009-2012 and 2022-2024).

In the last decades, she has developed research projects on pregnancy and prenatal exposure to alcohol/illicit drugs and Medical Assisted Reproduction. More recently she also has been researching in the area of Touchpoints Approach (Brazelton), being particularly interested in exploring training experiences and the development of health and education intervention programs based on this approach.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

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