Mariana Sousa Leite
Research student, School of Psychology
- 63 Park Place, Cathays, Cardiff, CF10 3AT
Currently, I am interested in developing evidence-based psychological interventions with people that are confronted with fertility problems, namely with people undergoing fertility treatment or that faced its failure and need to cope with undesired childlessness. The major goal is to improve the psychological care that is provided to this population in the NHS, offering evidence-based tools in a brief and approachable manner.
- Integrated master’s degree. School of Psychology, University of Minho, Braga, Portugal
- Master dissertation. School of Psychology, Cardiff University, Cardiff, United Kingdom
- Excellence Scholarship Award 2019, University of Minho, Braga, Portugal
Most people would like to become a parent at some point in the future. However, a vast majority of people face uncontrollable and unexpected conditions, in particular fertility issues, that prevent them to achieve parenthood.
The desire to reach personal, professional and economic stability is the main reason why women are postponing parenthood over the years. Unfortunately, fertility declines with age which compromises their ability to have biological children in the future. Fertility Preservation (a reproductive technique that provides the opportunity to have genetic offspring later by undergoing In Vitro Fertilization) is currently being used at an age that undermines its success potential. My research explores how the women’s decision-making process about the use of this technique changes over time, in order to help the health care providers to offer better support and advise women about if and when to use it.
Research Topics and Related Papers
My specific topics of research are:
- Fertility preservation
- Age-related fertility treatment
- Parenthood goals
- Evidence-based psychological care and support in fertility care
- Psychological adjustment during and after fertility treatment
Professor Bárbara Figueiredo (School of Psychology, University of Minho, Braga, Portugal)
Dr. Raquel Costa (Institute of Public Health of the University of Porto - ISPUP, Porto, Portugal)
Beyond Infertility: an evidence-based psychological intervention to promote couples’ positive adjustment to unsuccessful fertility treatment
Fully funded PhD student by the Portuguese research council