I am Ph.D. Candidate at the Erasmus University Rotterdam, in the interdisciplinary research programme Smarter Choices for Better Health. My work brings together the fields of health economics and public health and I have joint supervision from the Department of Public Health of Erasmus MC and the Department of Applied Economics of the Erasmus School of Economics. I am currently doing a secondment at the Mental Health and Disability team of the OECD, Paris, and I have recently visited the Department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Occupational Health of McGill University, in Montreal.
My research applies quasi-experimental methods to evaluate policies with a causal lenses, in line with methodologies of impact evaluation. I use large administrative datasets to retrospectively identify differential effects of health care programs and reforms by socioeconomic status. With my research I aim to support evidence-based policy making by a better understanding of how health policy can (unintendedly) contribute to health care and health inequalities in the population. I study the topics of mental health care, long-term care, health insurance coverage and cost-sharing.
As part of my extracurricular activities I am a member of the Board of the Portuguese Association for Health Economics (APES), where I am also a representant of the Early Career Committee; and I am part of the Junior Committee of the initiative Smarter Choices for Better Health.
In 2017 I have completed a MSc in International Health Policy and Health Economics at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). While in London I have been a research assistant to the Social Policy and the Psychological and Behavioural Science departments of LSE and had academic placements at the health care focused think-thank Nuffield Trust and at the Health Value for Money team of the National Audit Office.
As part of my working experience I held roles of Outcomes Consultant and Outcomes Research Manager, respectively in UK and Portuguese subsidiaries of multinational pharmaceutical industries. I have also spent time as an analyst and consultant at the Centre for Evidence-based Medicine of the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Lisbon. I have graduated as a Pharmacist (M.Pharm) from the Faculty of Pharmacy of the University of Lisbon in 2013.
Detailed information on my education and working experience can be found on my CV.