Three students from the course in Interaction Design, Web and Games from University of Porto accepted the challenge of speculating how exercises for young adult couples could be. In just three months, the students did an online survey to young adults, an interview with a sexologist, created personas, scenarios, ad low- to high-fidelity prototypes, which they tested with couples. To learn more about the process and the concept, see the video below.

We would like to thank the students for their commitment and professionalism: Matilde Ferreira, Guilherme Vila Maior and Afonso Matos. We would also like to thank the teachers who welcomed our challenge and supervised the students’ work: Andreia Sousa, Bruno Giesteira and Rodrigo Assaf.


Diogo Coutinho (2022). Designing out stigma in an online-based sexual health promotion programme. MSc. in Services Engineering and Management, University of Porto.

Bruna Carneiro (2022). Sexual health needs and concerns after colorectal cancer. MSc in Psychology, University of Porto.


Correia de Barros A, Bergmans M, Hasanaj K, Krasniqi D, Nóbrega C, Carneiro B, Vasconcelos P, Quinta-Gomes AL, Nobre PJ, Couto da Silva J, Mendes-Santos C (2024, in press). User experience of a smartphone-delivered sexual health promotion programme for older adults: Outcomes of a pilot study in the NetherlandsJMIR Human Factors. 22/02/2024:56206. [link]

Cristina Mendes-Santos, Ana Luísa Quinta-Gomes, Raquel Pereira, Priscila Vasconcelos, Pedro Nobre, Joana Couto, Ana Correia de Barros (2023). A Smartphone-Delivered Program (Anathema) to Promote the Sexual Health of Older Adults, Colorectal Cancer Survivors, and Stroke Survivors: Protocol for a Feasibility Pilot Randomized Controlled Trial. JMIR Res Protoc;12:e46734 [link]

Priscila Vasconcelos, Rodolfo Gomez Ponce de Leon, Suzanne J. Serruya, Bruna Carneiro, Catarina Nóbrega, Raquel Pereira, Ana Quinta Gomes, Maria Constança Paúl, Pedro Nobre (2023). A Systematic Review on Psychological Interventions for Sexual Health in Older AgeInternational Journal of Sexual Health [link]

Ana Correia de Barros, Joana Couto da Silva, Nora Ramadani, Cristina Mendes Santos (2022). Towards the inclusive design of a digital sexual health promotion programme. In Proceedings of 11th Inclusive Design Conference (Include 2022). Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design, Royal College of Art, pp. 18-34. [link]

Ana Quinta Gomes, Raquel Pereira, Priscila Vasconcelos, Bruna Carneiro, Pedro Nobre (2022). Anathema: Promoting sexual health and sexual well-being in patients with colorectal cancer. The Journal of Sexual Medicine, 19(5, Supplement 2): S225.


Mendes Santos C, Ramadani N, Pereira R, Vasconcelos P, Quinta-Gomes A, Nobre P, et al. Older adults’ acceptability of smartphone-based sexual health promotion programs. Poster presented at: 11th Scientific Meeting of the International Society for Research on Internet Interventions (ISRII), 2022; 2022; Pittsburgh, USA. [Best poster award] See poster