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Research Center & Groups


I participate in the Research Group Behaviour, Emotion and Cognition (BEC), one of the four groups of the Research Centre for Social Research and Intervention (CIS-IUL) 

BEC - Behaviour, Emotion & Cognition

Colleagues / Integrated Researchers from CIS-IUL with whom I have published, collaborated in research projects and/or supervised thesis/dissertations:

--> In the "Behaviour, Emotion and Cognition" group: César Lima, Elisabeth Collins

--> in the "Community, Education, and Development" group: Cecília Aguiar, Lígia Monteiro, Joana Alexandre, Susana Fonseca

--> in the "Health For All" group: Luísa Lima, Carla Moleiro

--> in the "PsyChange: Psychology of societal change" Group: Ana Guinote, Beate Seibt, Thomas Shubert

Associate Laboratory @ Iscte


The Sociodigital Lab for Public Policy is an alliance between CIS-Iscte, CIES-Iscte, BRU-Iscte, CEI-Iscte, Dinâmia’CET-Iscte, and ISTAR-Iscte. It combines research in social sciences and digital technologies, within the scope of public policies, with the aim of providing integrated solutions for the transference of knowledge to society, organizations, companies, and public administration.

Colleagues / Integrated Researchers from Iscte-Iul (outside CIS-IUL) with whom I have published, and/ or collaborated in research projects:

--> Octavian Postolache, Henrique Duarte, Luís Nunes


The Iscte-Health is an interdisciplinary space of health research, where researchers from different disciplinary areas meet to discuss explores the research links between various areas that are related to health. It is framed within a Societal Health approach that emphasizes citizens' perspectives on health and disease.

Iscte-Health presentation (in Portuguese)

In this Initiative, I am responsible to coordinate the Group


MISSION: Respond to health challenges posed by the society, adopting preventive and health-promoting approaches, through its focus on the arts (e.g. performative, visual/design/architecture, literature, digital/electronic, cultural events). A space for the fusion of ideas, articulation of areas and frames of reference, for the co-creation of training initiatives, research, and grounded intervention, about the role and impact of the arts in health, through multidisciplinary teams and targeting different audiences in the community to inform public health policies.


Kama Muta lab is a research group studying the sudden feeling of oneness — of love, belonging, or union — with an individual person, a family, a team, a nation, nature, the cosmos, God, or a kitten. It is also often labeled as "being moved" or touched".

This group is coordinated by Thomas Schubert and Beate Seibt, from the Department of Psychology, University of Oslo, and Alan P. Fiske from the University of California, Los Angeles. Janis Zickfeld, with whom I also collaborated, has conducted his Ph.D. on this research topic, and two of my former Master's students have developed their dissertations in this line of research. Several more members are involved in this international project.. 

Mapping scientific collaboration network 


The map below provides a global view of colleagues' professional affiliations with whom I collaborated: either in publications in joint authorship, consortia in project submissions, and/or projects awarded with grant support.

Partnerships with public and private sectors


Ginja develops children's series for 5-10 year olds. MISSION: promote social and emotional learning. It focuses on emotional awareness, emotional regulation.


Hospital clowns
MISSION: Bring joy and well-being to hospitalized children, their families and health professionals, through the art and image of Doctor Clown, on a regular basis and with a team of professionals with specific training.


MISSION: Portuguese company dedicated to the development of educational experiences that aim to inspire children and adolescents in the areas of engineering, arts, and creativity.

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