Alberto Carneiro Barbosa de Souza
Brazilian-Canadian Psychologist and University Professor. Public Health researcher focused on HIV/AIDS vulnerability among latino men who have sex with men in Ontario.
Dr. Souza is a Ph.D. researcher in Health Sciences at FIOCRUZ( please refer to his contribution to an article published with Lucia Rebello and Romeu Gomes about HIV primary prevention and vulnerability among men in Brazil. He is graduated and a Master in Clinical Psychology (2000-2008) both from the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro.During his Master's he tried to depict the prejudice faced by couples gay in their parenthood in Rio de Janeiro in his theses based on a phenomenological qualitative methodology with semi-structued interviews and published his findings in an article in Portuguese. As soon as he got his Master's Degree he applied to teach at the distant Amazon region in Brazil, near the border with Bolivia, the first of many unorthodox routes he took along his academic trajectory. Once hired he moved to Rio Branco, Acre, in the amazon, where he hold a tenure track as Social Psychology professor at UNINORTE and FAAO universities for one year, when he returned to Rio de Janeiro to begin his PhD in Public Health.
One month after receiving his PhD Dr. Souza was invited by University of Calgary to be a visiting Scholar for one year in 2014, when he ended up settling down in Canada. In Calgary, he had his first contact with immigrations studies, a momentum that would have significant consequences to his career later in life. Even though his invitation was extented for a second year he decided to leave Calgary because he had been accepted for a postdoctorate at University of Toronto in Health Psychology under the mentership of Dr. Judith Andersen. In his second unorthodox decision, Dr. Souza simply applied for another postdoc concomitantly with University of Toronto, at University of Windsor with his former PhD supervisor Dr. Barry Adam, who supervised him as a guest investigator from 2010 to the present day in the community-based project called CUENTA ME! / CONTAME ME!, with the support of Ontario Health Treatment Network (OHTN). Accepted, he actually finished them both. ( the latter with CAPES's Science without Borders program funding) both in Canada. During this period he also took part in the ENGAGE community-based research with Dr. Trevor Hart from Ryerson University as one of the P.I.s. with Dr. Barry Adam as the PI. During the first years as an immigrant to Canada he worked as a peer Assistant at the HIV / AIDS Prevention Program for the Portuguese Speaking Community in Toronto at AIDS Commitee of Toronto (ACT, 2010-2011), summarizing what he saw and experienced at the article Migration, sexuality and HIV risk among Latino gay men in Canada: Building new social strategies for prevention at the Journal of AIDS & Clinical Research.
In 2012 he was invited as a transcript support researcher in the research called Gender and Migration as Social Determinants of Health: The Case of Latin American Undocumented Workers in the Greater Toronto at the University of Toronto, which PI was Dr. Denise Gestaldo. He also has a large experience in Social and Community Psychology as a PI in three projects in the Brazilian favelas ( slums) Cidade de Deus, Vargem Grande and Vargem Pequena, all in Rio de Janeiro.
After two Sabbatical years, Dr. Souza surprisingly returned to the academia to change his career altogether. Later on, during an interview given in Brazil, Dr. Souza explained that he was very impacted to learn the difficult and extenuate life many undocumented Brazilian immigrants had in Canada that he had to contribute to let people know about it somehow. Without losing his previous expertise and networks, he decided to plunge himself into immigration studies focusing on young (18-24) non-binary cisgender men who immigrated to the province of Québec with little or no knowledge of French. His interest is to investigate the adaptability of this population to the province, mainly in a Québec touched by nationalists feeelings after M. Maurois/Parti Québecois administration. Being offered an institutional fellowship and a TAship at Wilfrid Laurier University, in Waterloo, Ontario. At Laurier, with the protest of many of his peers he simply chose to begin a Master's of Arts in "Cultural Analysis and SOcial Theory" so as to familiarize himself with Québécois culture and society, where he is writing his thesis based on an ethnographic investigation in Québec.
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