Joana Amaral Dias
Joana Beatriz Nunes Vicente Amaral Dias, widely referred to in the media as Joana Amaral Dias (born in Luanda, Angola, on January 1, 1975), is a Portuguese politician and clinical psychologist, with master's and Ph.D. degrees in that area. She is the daughter of psychiatrist Carlos Amaral Dias. Besides clinical practice, university teaching and scientific research, she is the author of numerous papers and scholarly articles. In 2010 she published the book Maníacos de Qualidade ("Maniacs of Quality"), a biographical and psychological analysis of historical figures in Portugal. She was also one of the highest ranked party members of the Bloco de Esquerda (Left Block), although elected for member of the Portuguese Parliament as an independent (2002–2005). In the Portuguese presidential election, 2006 she was a supporter of Mário Soares with a mandate for the youth. She is also a columnist and political analyst. Joana Amaral Dias collaborated with the Diário de Notícias, TSF, SIC, and SIC Notícias. She authored the political column on RTP N and wrote in the newspaper Correio da Manhã and the blog Frontal Cortex.
Joana Amaral Dias is daughter of Carlos Amaral Dias and Teresa Maria Nunes Vicente, both of them doctors. She attended the pharmacy program at the University of Coimbra as a freshwoman, however, she would graduate in psychology at the same university. She has a brother, Henrique, and a sister, Leonor. She is also half-sister of Carlota, from her father second marriage. Joana Amaral Dias is mother of a boy, Vicente, born in 1997.