Leonor Bacelar-Nicolau

  • Lecturer
  • Invited Assistant Professor
Biographical note

Leonor Bacelar Nicolau holds a double PhD degree in Health Organization&Management from the Lisbon School of Medicine (FMUL – Portugal) and in Health Economics from the Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers (CNAM – France), a MSc degree in Statistics and Information Management from NOVA IMS Information Management School and a BSc degree in Economics from the NOVA School of Business and Economics (Portugal).
She is an invited Professor and researcher at FMUL (Institute of Preventive Medicine & Public Health, ISAMB-Institute of Environmental Health, and EpiTaskForce) since 2004, also collaborating with NOVA IMS at post-graduate level (2002-2006 and since 2017). She is a founding partner of DataScience Cons. since 2001, where she is responsible for the business analytics, digital evaluation and methodological innovation research areas.
Her areas of teaching (both in Portuguese and English) and scientific research focus multivariate statistics and data analysis, data science, health economics and evaluation, health impact assessment, environmental and preventive medicine, and infodemiology.
Her international experience includes being: WHO Temporary Adviser at the High-level Meeting ‘Health in Times if Global Economic Crisis: Implications for the WHO European Region’ (2009); Adviser of the High Commissioner for Health regarding the evaluation of the National Health Plan (2011); WHO Country Expert for “Health policy responses to the financial crisis in Europe” study (2012-2015); focal point at FMUL of CUTEHeart Project (Comparative use of technologies for coronary heart disease), an international partnership with Harvard Medical School (USA) and the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Porto (Portugal) (2014-2016); Advisor for Mental Wellbeing Impact Assessment regarding the Healthy Employment Project, an international partnership including Portugal, Norway and Iceland, for the promotion of mental health and wellbeing of the unemployed active population and the professionals that give them support (2015-2016); European Commission (EC) independent expert evaluator regarding the evaluation of projects candidate for EC funding and EC funded Projects (since 2020).


Main Selected Publications

Books – Chapters Author

2019 – Bacelar-Nicolau L., Heitor M.J., Pereira Miguel J., Metodologias de Avaliação de Políticas Públicas, 16. Avaliação de Impacte na Saúde. Eds. Ferrão J, Pinto Paixão J, Lisboa: Imprensa da Universidade de Lisboa ISBN/EAN: 9789898928047

2018 – Azeiteiro, U.M., Bacelar-Nicolau, P., Santos, P.T., Bacelar-Nicolau, L., Morgado, F., Handbook of Climate Change Communication: Vol.3 - Case Studies in Climate Change Communication, Chapter “Assessing High School Student Perceptions and Comprehension of Climate Change”, Pag. 21-34, Edit. Leal Filho W, Manolas E, Azul AM, Azeiteiro UM: Volume produced s part of the "Climate Change Management Series". Publisher Springer International Publishing Switzerland, DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-70479-1 , ISBN 978-3-319-70479-1

2015 - Bacelar-Nicolau, L., Barbosa, P., Sakellarides, C., Economic crisis, health systems and health in Europe – Country experience, Part II: Country profiles of health system responses to the crisis - Portugal, Pages 460-465, Edit. Thomson S, Figueras J, Evetovits T, Jowett M, Mladovsky P, Maresso A, Cylus J, Karanikolos M and Kluge H, Maidenhead: Open University Press on behalf of the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies and World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe. http://www.euro.who.int/en/about-us/partners/observatory/publications/studies/economic-crisis,-health-systems-and-health-in-europe-country-experience


Papers in International Journals with referees

2022 – Elias C, Feteira-Santos R, Camarinha C, de Araújo Nobre M, Costa AS, Bacelar-Nicolau L, Furtado C, Nogueira PJ, “COVID-19 in Portugal: a retrospective review of paediatric cases, hospital and PICU admissions in the first pandemic year.”, BMJ Paediatrics Open,6(1):e001499. doi:10.1136/bmjpo-2022-001499 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC9438012/

2022 – Feteira-Santos R, Camarinha C, de Araújo Nobre M, Elias C, Bacelar-Nicolau L, Costa AS, Furtado C, Nogueira PJ, “Improving morbidity information in Portugal: Evidence from data linkage of COVID-19 cases surveillance and mortality systems”, International Journal of Medical Informatics, Volume 163, 104763, ISSN 1386-5056. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijmedinf.2022.104763 . (https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1386505622000776)

2022 – Nogueira PJ, de Araújo Nobre M, Elias C, Feteira-Santos R, Martinho AC-V, Camarinha C, Bacelar-Nicolau L, Costa AS, Furtado C, Morais L, Rachadell J, Pinto MP, Pinto F, Vaz Carneiro A. “Multimorbidity Profile of COVID-19 Deaths in Portugal during 2020”, Journal of Clinical Medicine, 11(7):1898. https://doi.org/10.3390/jcm11071898

2020 – Torrado M, Bacelar-Nicolau L, Skryabin V, Teixeira M, Eusébio S, Ouakinin S. “Emotional dysregulation features and problem gambling in university students: a pilot study”, Journal of Addictive Diseases, 38(4): 550-566. https://doi.org/10.1080/10550887.2020.1800889

2020 – Nogueira P.J.; de Araújo Nobre M.; Costa A.; Ribeiro R.M.; Furtado C.; Bacelar Nicolau L.; Camarinha C.; Luís M.; Abrantes R.; Vaz Carneiro A. “The Role of Health Preconditions on COVID-19 Deaths in Portugal: Evidence from Surveillance Data of the First 20293 Infection Cases”, Journal of Clinical Medicine, 9(8), 2368. https://www.mdpi.com/2077-0383/9/8/2368  https://doi.org/10.3390/jcm9082368

2020 – Tallon JM, Gomes P, Bacelar-Nicolau L. “Profiling European countries on COVID–19 prevalence and association with non–pharmaceutical interventions”, Biometrics & Biostatistics International Journal, 9(4):118‒130. DOI: 10.15406/bbij.2020.09.00309 https://medcraveonline.com/BBIJ/BBIJ-09-00309.pdf ; https://doi.org/10.15406/bbij.2020.09.00309

2019 – Staats R, Rodrigues R, Barros A, Bacelar-Nicolau L, Aguiar M, Fernandes D, Moreira S, Simões A, Silva-Santos B, Rodrigues JV, Barbara C, Bugalho de Almeida A, Moita LF, “Role of CD3+γδ-T cells in the association of obstructive sleep-disordered breathing and cancer”, Sleep and Breathing, https://doi.org/10.1007/s11325-019-01842-2

2018 – Bacelar-Nicolau L, Rodrigues T, Fernandes E, Lobo MF, Nisa C, Azzone V, Teixeira-Pinto A, Costa-Pereira A, Normand SL, Pereira-Miguel J. “Picturing Inequities for Health Impact Assessment: Linked Electronic Records, Mortality and Regional Disparities in Portugal”, Impact Assessment and Project Appraisal, Vol.36, Issue 1, 90-104. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14615517.2017.1364016 

2018 – Staats R, Rodrigues R, Barros A, Bacelar-Nicolau L, Aguiar M, Fernandes D, Moreira S, Simões A, Silva-Santos B, Rodrigues JV, Barbara C, de Almeida AB, Moita LF, “Decrease of perforin positive CD3+γδ-T cells in patients with obstructive sleep disordered breathing”, Sleep and Breathing, 22(1): 211–221., DOI: 10.1007/s11325-017-1602-6, ISSN: 1522-1709 [https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11325-017-1602-6]

2017 – Lobo MF, Azzone V, Azevedo LF, Melica B, Freitas A, Bacelar-Nicolau L, Rocha-Gonçalves FN, Nisa C, Teixeira-Pinto A, Pereira-Miguel J, Resnic FS, Costa-Pereira A, Normand SL, “A Comparison of In-Hospital Acute Myocardial Infarction Management Between Portugal and the United States: 2000 – 2010”, International Journal for Quality in Health Care, Vol.29, Issue 5, 669-678. https://doi.org/10.1093/intqhc/mzx092 

2015 - Ouakinin S, Eusébio S, Torrado M, Silva H, Nabais I, Gonçalves G, Bacelar-Nicolau L, “Stress reactivity, distress and attachment in newly diagnosed breast cancer patients”, Health Psychology and Behavioral Medicine, Vol. 3, No.1, 424-438 - DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/21642850.2015.1121491 [http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/21642850.2015.1121491]

2015 - Oliveira L, Gomes C, Bacelar-Nicolau L, Ferreira L, Ferreira R, “Environment in pediatric wards: sound, light and temperature”, Sleep Medicine, Vol. 16, Issue 9, 1041–1048 - DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.sleep.2015.03.015 [http://www.sleep-journal.com/article/S1389-9457(15)00707-8/abstract] - Award Jaime Salazar de Sousa 2015, attributed by ACSM-Associação das Crianças de Santa Maria and the Pediatric Department of the Centro Hospitalar Lisboa Norte/Hospital de Santa Maria for the 2015 most relevant paper published in an international journal

2014 - Bacelar-Nicolau, H., Costa Nicolau, F., Sousa, Á., Bacelar-Nicolau, L., “Clustering of variables with a three-way approach for health sciences”, TPM-Testing, Psychometrics, Methodology in Applied Psychology, Vol. 21, No. 4, December 2014 – 435-447 – Special Issue – doi: 10.4473/TPM21.4.5 – Cises. http://www.tpmap.org/2014-vol-21-no-4-december

2013 – Torrado, M.V., Ouakini S.S., Bacelar-Nicolau, L., “Alexithymia, Emotional Awareness and Perceived Dysfunctional Parental Behaviors in Heroin Dependents”, International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction, 11(6), 703–718, Springer US, DOI 10.1007/s11469-013-9448-z [http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs11469-013-9448-z accessed 8/10/2013]

2009 – Bacelar-Nicolau, H., Nicolau, F., Sousa, A., Bacelar-Nicolau, L., “Measuring Similarity of Complex and Heterogenous Data in Clustering of Large Data Sets”, Biocybernetics and Biomedical Engineering, Vol.29 (2): 9-18. http://yadda.icm.edu.pl/yadda/element/bwmeta1.element.baztech-article-BPZ3-0030-0018 

2009 – Ferro, J.M., Bacelar-Nicolau, H., Rodrigues, T., Bacelar-Nicolau, L., Canhão, P., Crassard, I., Bousser, M.G., Dutra, A.P., Massaro, A., Mackowiack-Cordiolani, MA, Leys, D., Fontes, J., Stam, J. & Barinagarrementeria, F. “Risk Score to Predict the Outcome of Patients with Cerebral Vein and Dural Sinus Thrombosis”, Cerebrovascular Diseases, Vol.28 (1): 39-44. doi: 10.1159/000215942. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19420921 ; http://www.karger.com/?DOI=10.1159/000215942