Curricular Unit:Code:
Applied Psychology (Psychopathology and Neuropathology)841PAPN
2MasterDentistry4 ects
Learning Period:Language of Instruction:Total Hours:
Winter SemesterPortuguese/English52
Learning Outcomes of the Curricular Unit:
The curricular unit aims to prepare students to (OA1) identify and understand the psychological factors and processes that determine human behavior and (OA2) to know the specificities of some clinical conditions important for the performance of the dentist. It is also intended (OA3) to sensitize students with communication issues and develop competencies that promote the doctor-patient relationship.
Regarding competencies, the curricular unit intends to increase and improve the ability to understand and articulate the psychological and communication aspects of human behavior present in the relationship of the health professional with his patient, in the office or clinic.
CP1. Communication in health settings
1.1. Verbal and non-verbal communication
1.2. Communication and interpersonal relation styles
1.3. Effectively communication in Dental Medicine
CP2. Psychopathology of childhood and adolescence
2.1. Intellectual Disability – Down Syndrome
2.2. Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
2.3. Autism spectrum disorder
2.4 emotional and behavioral disorders
CP3. Psychopathology and Neuropathology of adulthood and senescence
3.1. Adulthood
3.1.1 Anxiety disorders
3.1.2 Mood disorders
3.1.3. Substance abuse disorders
3.2. Senescence
3.2.1. Dementia
3.2.2. Depression
3.2.3. Anxiety
Demonstration of the Syllabus Coherence with the Curricular Unit's Objectives:
The programmatic contents (PC) were delineated according to the learning objectives (OA) of the curricular unit in order to promote among students the development of skills that allow them to deepen knowledge, as well as to analyze and reflect critically on the dentist intervention among patients with psychopathology. Like this:
CP1 corresponds to OA3.
CP2 and CP3 correspond to OA1 and OA2.
Teaching Methodologies (Including Evaluation):
Theoretical and theoretical-practical classes – exposition and participative methods with clinical cases presentation. Analysis and discussion of subjects, guidance for specialized literature reading and review.
Continuous assessment consists in two written tests (50% each). Attendance according to academic rules of University Fernando Pessoa and participation in classroom will be considered as well. Students will be approved if their final classification is 10 or superior.
Demonstration of the Coherence between the Teaching Methodologies and the Learning Outcomes:
Teaching methods intend to enable students to a deeper comprehension and discussion abilities about programmatic contents, and a better attention to doctor relationship issues with patients with psychopathology and neuropathology.
APA (2014). DSM-5 Manual de Diagnóstico e Estatística das Perturbações Mentais. Climepsi.
Hussain et al. (2013). Dental Management of Patients with a History of Substance Abuse with Special Consideration for Addicted Pregnant Women and Addicted Dental Care Providers. Disponível em
IHI – Institute for Healthcare Improvement (2020). Ask Me 3: Good Questions for Good Health. Disponível em
Kurtz, S. et al. (2005). Teaching and learning communication skills in medicine(2nd ed.). Radcliffe Publishing.
Norton et al (2016). Saúde oral em crianças portadoras de problemas de neurodesenvolvimento. Project: Oral Health in Special Patients.
Santiago, E. (2008). A saúde oral na doença de Alzheimer. Arquivos de Medicina, 22(6):189-93.
Lecturer (* Responsible):
Sónia Alves (
Zélia Teixeira (