Carla Sá Couto was born in Vila Nova de Gaia (Porto, Portugal) in 1977. She holds a Bachelor degree in Applied Mathematics to Technology (2000) by the Faculty of Science, University of Porto and a Master (2002) and a PhD (2009) in Biomedical Engineering, both by the Faculty of Engineering, University of Porto.
She started her research career as a research assistant at the Institute of Biomedical Engineering (INEB), in the Modeling and Simulation Group, between 2000 and 2010. In 2010, she was appointed the Coordinator of the Biomedical Simulation Center of Faculty of Medicine of University of Porto (CSB-FMUP). In 2014 she was nominated Director of the CSB-FMUP, being currently the responsible for the integration of biomedical simulation in undergraduate education, postgraduate and continuing education of FMUP.
Since 2010, she is an integrated researcher at the Center for Health Technology and Services Research (CINTESIS).
She is a founding member and past executive secretary of the board of SPSim - Portuguese Society for Simulation Applied to Health Sciences. Since 2015, she is a member of SESAM (Society in Europe for Simulation Applied to Medicine) Scientific Committee. In 2017, she was nominated as head of SESAM Scientific Committee.
Together with her research and management activities, she is an assistant professor at the FMUP, being responsible for two curricular units: Biomedical Modeling and Simulation – Applications to Hemodynamics (2nd and 3rd year) and Crisis Resource Management (5º year), and three post-graduation short courses: Basic Course of Instructors in Clinical Simulation, Practical course of Debriefing, and Non-technical Skills for Anesthesiologists, all credited by the University of Porto. She is also the national contact person and instructor of the EUSIM instructor courses.
She is co-inventor of a high-fidelity obstetric simulator, whose technology was transferred to one of the leading international medical simulators company (Fidelis Lucina ™, CAE Healthcare). She has coordinated the development of low-cost technological applications for biomedical simulation, including the CPR Personal Trainer.
She has published 1 book, 3 book chapters, 8 papers in international journals with peer review, 45 communications in peer-reviewed proceedings, and 37 oral presentations at scientific meetings (15 of those were invited lectures).
In 2015, she was awarded with a Menção de Apreço from the National Ministry of Defense for the work on the evaluation and reorganization of the Biomedical Simulation Center of the Armed Forces. In 2016, she received SESAM distinction “In recognition of your significant contribution to SESAM missions”.
Her current research interests are the development of methodologies and tools applied to biomedical simulation and the integration and assessment of simulation in clinical teaching and training.
Current research work: training and assessment of non-technical skills, faculty development, technology and innovation, and physiological modeling and simulation.