I graduated in Psychology (clinical field) in 1996, completed a master’s degree in Psychopathology and Clinical Psychology in 2000, and earned a Ph.D. in Social and Organizational in 2006. I obtained my Habilitation (2020), also in the scientific field of Psychology.
Currently, I hold a tenure-track Faculty position at Iscte-University Institute of Lisbon as Associate Professor, and I am a senior researcher at the Center of Research and Social Intervention (CIS-IUL).
As a psychologist, I am certified by the Ordem dos Psicólogos Portuguesa (OPP) as a Specialist in two of the three core areas of Psychology: "Clinical and Health Psychology" and "Work, Social and Organizational Psychology", and hold a European Certificate in Psychology from EuroPsy, as well as an advanced specialization “Neuropsychology”.
My main research area has been the study of socio-affective processes, often employing a multi-method approach, including assessing subjective, behavioral, and physiological responses in human social interactions.
I investigate the impact of various social interventions and the use of tools (e.g., multimedia applications, board games, videos, media campaigns, social robots) designed to enhance well-being and prosocial behaviors in social, health, and educational contexts. The aim is to explore how these tools can be tailored to meet the needs of specific groups, encompassing different ages and socio-economic backgrounds.
My projects typically involve multidisciplinary teams, although predominantly from computer science. More recently, I have contributed to meta-science, aiming to enhance scientific practices, by collaborating with international research teams to ensure more robust, transparent, and reproducible research.
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Beyond my professional life, I have a deep passion for music and find great joy in photography. I have other interests though, but... it's too personal ...