Sheila Murta

Position: Associate Professor, University of Brasília


Project(s): Youth Futures - Amplifying Youth Voices in Mental Health

I hold a Master degree in developmental psychology and a PhD degree in work and social psychology. I am interested in exploring connections between prevention science, translational research and public policies. Over my career, I have been researching the development, evaluation and diffusion of mental health promotion and risk factors prevention interventions during the life course, such as those focused on child mistreatment prevention for first-time parents, dating violence prevention for adolescents, meaning of life and forgiveness for young adults, occupational stress management for adult workers, and retirement planning for middle-age workers. Culturally-informed interventions that are socially valid, feasible and scalable are some of my main interest, reason why I have been increasingly incorporating participatory perspectives in the design of my studies. I am currently Associate Professor at University of Brasília (Brazil) and President of Brazilian Association for Health Promotion and Prevention Research (2019-2020).