Ana Lúcia Faria

Assistant Professor

Multimodal Systems

Country: Portugal

Affiliation: Universidade da Madeira and NOVA LINCS




I am a Health and Clinical Psychologist with a Ph.D. in Rehabilitation Psychology from the University of Coimbra in 2020. Currently, I am an invited assistant professor at the Faculty of Arts and Humanities from Madeira University. I supervise Master's students from different areas, such as Clinical and Health Psychology (3), Neuropsychology (1), Informatics Engineering (1) and Interactive Media Design (1). In 2015, I was awarded a doctoral scholarship from ARDITI, with host institution M-ITI/LARSyS, where I have been involved in an EU project called RehabNet (303891 FP7-PEOPLE-2011). The main outcomes of my thesis were the development of a new cognitive rehabilitation personalization framework with objective guidelines that were used to create three innovative tools - Task Generator, Reh@Task, and Reh@City - and its clinical validation with stroke patients from Madeira Health Service. From 2020 to 2022, I was a post-doctoral researcher in a project called BRaNT (PTDC/CCI-COM/31046/2017), which addressed the scientific limitations of traditional cognitive rehabilitation practices through virtual reality games that allowed automatic personalization through Artificial Intelligence approaches. In 2021, a project in which I was the co-PI was approved for funding by the FCT: Adaptive Virtual Reality for coping with involuntary early pregnancy loss (EXPL/CCI-INF/0298/2021). I published, mostly as first author, 19 articles in peer-reviewed journals such as the Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation, Frontiers in Psychology, Frontiers in Neurology, Journal of Medical Internet Research RAT, Virtual Reality and Games for Health. Additionally, I published five book chapters and several conference articles, some ACM and IEEE. I was awarded a Best Student Paper Commendation in 2014 and 2016 ICDVRAT and Best Student Paper in the 2018 Conference on Applied Psychology and Human Behavior. In 2022, I was the runner-up for the early-career award of the International Society for Virtual Rehabilitation, delivered at the Rehabweek (Netherlands). I am a Guest Editor of SI in the Frontiers in Neurology and the International Journal of Clinical and Health Psychology.