Gabriela Martins Silva, Ph.D.

São Paulo, SP, Brazil


Gabriela is a psychologist who loves research and teaching. Working in the field of social psychology and its interfaces with public health and education, she has made her doctoral study a possibility of converging these interests. In her Ph.D research, she analyses critical moments in processes of permanent education carried out with professionals of public mental health services of a Brazilian city. With this, Gabriela emphasize the centrality of the conversational process to promote transformation of meanings and practices, highlighting the facilitation based on responsiveness as a way to provide the ground for building educational contexts.

In her master’s study, she was interested in the process of disclosure of Brazilian public health system (Sistema Único de Saúde – SUS) in newspaper. With this, Gabriela describes the process of discursive construction that places SUS as an ineffective system.

She obtained her Doctoral degree at the University of São Paulo – USP, with a visiting period at the Centre for Mental Health and Substance Abuse at the University College of Southeast Norway, Norway (under the supervision of Professor Ottar Ness Ph.D).

Gabriela currently works as an advisor to the management of SUS in São Paulo, specifically with permanent education and as an ombudsman. She has also worked as a temporary professor at the Federal University of Uberlândia and at the Federal University of Triangulo Mineiro.

To know more:


  1. The construction of the ‘SUS problem’ in the newspaper Folha de S. Paulo (co-authored with Emerson Rasera) 
  2. Criticizing SUS (Brazilian National Health System) in Folha de São Paulo Newspaper: Discursive Construction of its Directors and its Users (co-authored with Emerson Rasera)
  3. Handling the unexpected in group facilitation: a case study of an “as if” exercise (co-authored with Carla Guanaes Lorenzi and Ottar Ness) [ in press]
  4. Continuing education in mental health: critical moments to analyse group process (co-authored with Ottar Ness and Carla Guanaes Lorenzi) [iin press]