Thaís São-João, PhD, MSN, RN


Dr. Thaís São-João is an Assistant Professor and nurse researcher focusing on health-related behavior change. Her clinical background is in the health of adults and older adults. In Brazil, she received grants from the National Council of Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq) and the São Paulo Research Foundation (Fapesp) as a Tenured Professor.

Dr. São-João is experienced in studies aimed at designing, implementing and assessing nurse-driven interventions and randomized, controlled intervention studies in clinical settings. She has expertise in research design and methods and in cultural adaptation and validation studies, with a focus on people with noncommunicable diseases such as cardiovascular conditions, diabetes, and obesity.

Currently, she is the Principal Investigator on a study about the cardiometabolic health of RI commercial fishermen, supported by Institutional Development Award Number U54GM115677 from the NIGMS-NIH, which funds Brown Advance Clinical and Translational Research (Advance-CTR).

Dr. São-João is affiliated as a Collaborating Professor (in-kind) with the School of Nursing at Unicamp, Brazil. She is a member of the Society of Cardiology of the State of São Paulo (Socesp), Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society for Nursing, American Association of Critical Care Nurses, and the International Behavioral Trials Network (IBTN).


Health Behaviors, Self-Care, Non-Communicable Chronic Diseases, Adaptation and validation of measurement tools, Nursing interventions, Healthy Blue Economy.


PhD, Nursing, University of Campinas (Brazil)

MS, Nursing, University of Campinas (Brazil)

BSN, University of Campinas (Brazil)

Selected Publications

Lourenço, L. B. A., Meszaros, M. J., Neves, M. F., & São-João, T. M. (2023). Nursing Training for early clinical deterioration risk assessment: Intervention Protocol. JMIR Research Protocols. 12:e47293.

de Barros, R. C. L., Laura Lourenço, L. B. A., Neves, M. L. S., Cornélio, M. E., Rodrigues, R. C. M., & São-João, T. M. (2023). Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic isolation concerning physical activity and cardiovascular health: Scoping review. Medicine. 2023;56(4):e-210070.

Carrasco, V., de Freitas, M. I. P., São-João, T. M., Eduardo, A. H. A., & de Oliveira-Kumakura, A. R. S. O. (2023). Effect of an educational intervention on nursing knowledge about enteral nutrition therapy: A quasi-experimental study. Journal of Nursing Education and Practice, 13(5). DOI:

Oliveira, M.K.M., Kaizer, U.A.O., Jannuzzi, F.F., Gallani, M.C.B.J., Alexandre, N.M.C., Cornelio, M.E. & São-João, T.M., Rodrigues, R.C.M.R. (2022). Content Validity of a Questionnaire Based on the Theory of Planned Behavior to Assess the Psychosocial Determinants of Insulin Adherence. Value In Health Regional Issues, 29, 76-85. DOI:

Kaizer, U. A. de O., Alexandre, N. M. C., Lima, M. H. de M., Rodrigues, R. C. M., Cornélio, M. E., & São-João, T. M. (2021). Linguistic validation of the Diabetic foot ulcer scale short form (DFS-SF): a methodological approach (DFS-SF). Medicina, 54, 2, e-173045. DOI:

Kadri Filho, F.E., São-João, T.M., Alexandre, N.M.C., de Lucca, S.R., Gallasch, C.H., Rodrigues, R.C.M., Cornélio, M.E. (2021). Musculoskeletal symptoms, psychosocial factors and work ability in Brazilian labor justice workers. Work, 69, 3, 917-926. DOI: 10.3233/WOR-213524. PMID: 34219687.

Silva, M. A. V. da, São-João, T. M., Cornelio, M. E., & Mialhe, F. L. (2020). Effect of implementation intention on walking in people with diabetes: an experimental approach. Revista De Saúde Pública, 54, 103. DOI:

Kaizer, U.A.O.K., Alexandre, N.M.C., Rodrigues, R.C.M., Cornélio, M.E., Lima, M.H.M., São-João, T.M. (2020). Measurement properties and factor analysis of the Diabetic Foot Ulcer Scale-short form (DFS-SF). International Wound Journal, 17, 670– 682. DOI:

Trevisan, D.D., São-João, T.M., Cornélio, M.E., Jannuzzi, F.F., Sousa, M.R., Rodrigues, R.C.M., Lima, M.H.M. (2020). Effect of an ‘implementation intention’ intervention on adherence to oral anti-diabetic medication in Brazilians with type 2 diabetes. Patient Education and Counseling, 103, 3, 582-588. DOI:

Silva, M.A.V., São-João, T.M., Brizon, V.C., Franco, D.H. & Mialhe, FL. (2018). Impact of implementation intentions on physical activity practice in adults: A systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized clinical trials. PLOS ONE, 13, 11, e0206294.