Doctor Mariana de Souza e Sousa

Doctor Mariana de Souza e Sousa

Adjunct Fellow,
Dean's Unit - School of Nursing and Midwifery


Dr Mariana S. Sousa started her career overseas as a medical practitioner providing outstanding care in women's health with a focus on breast and gynaecologic oncology. In 2016, Dr Sousa completed her Doctorate degree (PhD) at the University of New South Wales Sydney. Although still early in her career, she has successfully led and collaborated on a number of projects and has made significant advances in the field of genitourinary and sexual health after breast cancer, emerging as a leading expert in this field. Her research interests and expertise are in the areas of breast cancer, menopause, oncofertility, reproductive health, psychooncology, cancer genetics, oral health and services evaluation. 

Dr Sousa’s goals are to continue delivering novel research with impact through large multi-centre trials and to promote translation of research into practice. Her post-doctoral research program is dedicated to addressing the needs of women who have been treated for breast cancer and in developing services and testing interventions to support medical, nursing and allied health teams in providing the best possible health care to breast cancer survivors. 

This information has been contributed by Doctor de Souza e Sousa.


  • Cancer
  • Menopause
  • Reproductive Health
  • Cancer Genetics
  • Evaluation
  • Health Promotion
  • Oral Health
  • psychooncology

Organisational Unit (School / Division)

  • Dean's Unit - School of Nursing and Midwifery



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Previous Teaching Areas

  • 401011 Research Principles for Nursing and Midwifery, 2017


Journal Articles

  • Blay, N., Souza e Sousa, M., Rowles, M. and Murray-Parahi, P. (2022), 'The community nurse in Australia. Who are they? : a rapid systematic review', Journal of Nursing Management, vol 30, no 1 , pp 154 - 168.
  • Kong, A., Dickson, M., Ramjan, L., Souza e Sousa, M., Jones, N., Srinivas, R., Chao, J., Goulding, J. and George, A. (2021), 'Aboriginal Health Workers promoting oral health among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women during pregnancy : development and pilot testing of the Grinnin' Up Mums & Bubs program', International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, vol 18, no 18 .
  • Bland, K., Harrison, M., Zopf, E., Souza e Sousa, M., Currow, D., Ely, M., Agar, M., Butcher, B., Vaughan, V., Dowd, A. and Martin, P. (2021), 'Quality of life and symptom burden improve in patients attending a multidisciplinary clinical service for cancer cachexia : a retrospective observational review', Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, vol 62, no 3 , pp 164 - 176.
  • Kong, A., Ramjan, L., Souza e Sousa, M., Gwynne, K., Goulding, J., Jones, N., Srinivas, R., Rambaldini, B., Moir, R. and George, A. (2020), 'The oral health of Indigenous pregnant women : a mixed-methods systematic review', Women and Birth, vol 33, no 4 , pp 311 - 322.
  • Fleming, K., Cheng, Y., Botfield, J., de Souza e Sousa, M. and Bateson, D. (2019), 'Inclusion of intrauterine device insertion to registered nurses' scope of clinical practice', Collegian, vol 26, no 1 , pp 28 - 32.
  • Ajwani, S., Souza e Sousa, M., Villarosa, A., Bhole, S., Johnson, M., Dahlen, H., Hoolsema, J., Blinkhorn, A., Srinivas, R., Yaacoub, A., Milat, A., Skinner, J. and George, A. (2019), 'Process evaluation of the midwifery initiated oral health-dental service program : perceptions of dental professionals', Health Promotion Journal of Australia, vol 30, no 3 , pp 333 - 343.
  • George, A., Souza e Sousa, M., Kong, A., Blinkhorn, A., Patterson Norrie, T., Foster, J., Dahlen, H., Ajwani, S. and Johnson, M. (2019), 'Effectiveness of preventive dental programs offered to mothers by non-dental professionals to control early childhood dental caries : a review', BMC Oral Health, vol 19, no 1 .
  • Trad, W., Flowers, K., Caldwell, J., Souza e Sousa, M., Vigh, G., Lizarondo, L., Gaudin, J., Hooper, D. and Parker, D. (2019), 'Nursing assessment and management of incontinence among medical and surgical adult patients in a tertiary hospital : a best practice implementation project', JBI Database of Systematic Reviews and Implementation Reports, vol 17, no 12 , pp 2578 - 2590.
  • de Souza e Sousa, M., Peate, M., Lewis, C., Jarvis, S., Willis, A., Hickey, M. and Friedlander, M. (2018), 'Exploring knowledge, attitudes and experience of genitourinary symptoms in women with early breast cancer on adjuvant endocrine therapy', European Journal of Cancer Care, vol 27, no 2 .
  • Villarosa, A., Villarosa, A., Salamonson, Y., Ramjan, L., de Souza e Sousa, M., Srinivas, R., Jones, N. and George, A. (2018), 'The role of indigenous health workers in promoting oral health during pregnancy : a scoping review', BMC Public Health, vol 18, no 1 .
  • Smith, S., Cai, A., Wong, M., Souza e Sousa, M., Peate, M., Welsh, A., Meiser, B., Kaur, R., Halliday, J., Lewis, S., Trevena, L., Yanes, T., Barlow-Stewart, K. and Barclay, M. (2018), 'Improving women's knowledge about prenatal screening in the era of non-invasive prenatal testing for Down syndrome : development and acceptability of a low literacy decision aid', BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, vol 18, no 1 .
  • de Souza e Sousa, M., Peate, M., Jarvis, S., Hickey, M. and Friedlander, M. (2017), 'A clinical guide to the management of genitourinary symptoms in breast cancer survivors on endocrine therapy', Therapeutic Advances in Medical Oncology, vol 9, no 4 , pp 269 - 285.
  • Smith, S., de Souza e Sousa, M., Essink-Bot, M., Halliday, J., Peate, M. and Fransen, M. (2016), 'Socioeconomic differences in informed decisions about Down syndrome screening : a systematic review and research agenda', Journal of Health Communication, vol 21, no 8 , pp 868 - 907.
  • Douma, K., Meiser, B., Kirk, J., Mitchell, G., Saunders, C., Rahman, B., de Souza e Sousa, M., Barlow-Stewart, K., Gleeson, M. and Tucker, K. (2015), 'Health professionals' evaluation of delivering treatment-focused genetic testing to women newly diagnosed with breast cancer', Familial Cancer, vol 14, no 2 , pp 265 - 272.
  • McLoone, J., Meiser, B., Karatas, J., de Souza e Sousa, M., Zilliacus, E. and Kasparian, N. (2014), 'Perceptions of melanoma risk among Australian adolescents : barriers to sun protection and recommendations for improvement', Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, vol 38, no 4 , pp 321 - 325.
  • Xu, M., Zou, L., Wilde, A., Meiser, B., Barlow-Stewart, K., Chan, B., Mitchell, P., de Souza e Sousa, M. and Schofield, P. (2013), 'Exploring culture-specific differences in beliefs about causes, kinship and the heritability of major depressive disorder : the views of Anglo-Celtic and Chinese-Australians', Journal of Genetic Counseling, vol 22, no 5 , pp 613 - 624.

Current Projects

Title: Improving genitourinary and sexual health for women with breast cancer: A nurse initiated plan of care

Years: 2016-2017

Funding: Ingham Institute for Applied Medical Research Breast Cancer Research Grant 2016

Project Team: Sousa MS (CANR), Girgis A (CONCERT), Hickey M (University of Melbourne), Peate M (University of Melbourne), Durcinoska I (Ingham Institute), Friedlander M (UNSW)

This information has been contributed by Doctor de Souza e Sousa.


Current Supervision

Thesis Title: Developing a Dietitian Initiated program for oral health and eating disorders
Field of Research:

Previous Supervision

Thesis Title: Capacity Building Aboriginal Health Workers in Oral Health Promotion: A New Model of Care for Indigenous Pregnant Women
Field of Research:

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