Welcome to Hei-Lab

Digital Human-Environment Interaction Labs

HEI-Lab mission is rooted on the human-context interaction paradigm that looks into human behavior and its contexts interchangeably. Our mission is to converge Psychology and Videogame knowledge into a transdisciplinary scientific platform aimed at studying human behavior within this interactive view. Digital technology, shaped after Psychology principals and created by engineering processes, is HEI-Lab’s signature, offering new psychological research and intervention opportunities. Such opportunities are still to exist in a consolidate fashion in the Portuguese context. Our aim is thus to conduct research on applied Psychology through digital systems. These systems (smart environments comprising virtual, augmented and mixed reality apps) will mimic physical and mental environments optimizing the human-context relationship and providing a deeper insight on this interrelation. Such approach will move from the classical stimulus-organism-response model to the innovative stimulus-technology-organism-technology-response model, from which higher scientific and intervention standards can be achieved. The intersection between technology, and psychology will then be used to test models of human behavior (focusing on psychological processes underlying various forms of ab/normal behavior and well-being across the lifespan) and create new 3Ts (technological therapeutic/intervention tools) to be applied to the contexts of clinical/health, social/organizational, and justice/forensic psychology.


Concurso de bolsa de investigação ILIND/F+/EI/03/2021

Shivani Atul Mansuklal Candidata selecionada para a atribuição de bolsa de investigação no contexto do projeto Passengers on the iBus: An ACT-base videogame support to adherence to medical recommendations in adolescents with cancer 

Hei-Lab is an unique Research Unit featuring a multidisciplinary team focused in creating new knowledge



Founded Projects



HEI-Lab has strategic partnerships with European (e.g., Bergamo, West Flanders, Antwerp), South and North American (e.g., São Paulo, Southern California, North Carolina), and Australian (Melbourne) universities, which we are expanding into an international network focused on health and well-being, while also maintaining current partnerships with other Portuguese R&D centers in Lisbon, Coimbra, Porto, and Minho.

In line with our core principles, we also transfer knowledge to stakeholders and society: Digital psychology PPS (Processes, Products and Services) is tailored to stakeholders’ needs and capabilities to use them (e.g. application of VR and Serious Games in mental health and forensic contexts with institutional partners, e.g. CHPL, CMRA, JFB).


Design models and methodologies for health and well-being are also at the disposal of the national and international community of designers through a networking system.

We train undergrad and grad students via participation in research within our several research labs (LabPsiCom, LabPsiExp, MovLab, and Delli), and advanced training in transdisciplinary R&I with digital tools, including doctoral, postgrad, and advanced courses open to non-academic practitioners and designers.


Research members



Integrated Researchers

Junior Researchers

Research Labs

Hei-Lab is organized into 5 main Labs that aim to promote interdisciplinary knowledge and develop interventions in Psychology, Human interpersonal relationships, Social Behaviour, play, and Interaction design: HCB: Human Cognition and Behaviour Lab PHC: Psychopathology and Human Change Lab HDR: Human Development and Relationships Lab SBEC: Social Behaviour, Environment, and Culture Lab PID: Playful Interaction Design Lab


HEI-Lab supports R&D activities in the following study cycles at Lusófona University Campus, cited in the tho main Portuguese cities of Lisbon and Porto.
ULP - Universidade Lusófona do Porto
  • 1st cycle in Psychology. https://www.ulp.pt/licenciatura/psicologia
  • 2nd cycle in Clinical and Health Psychology. https://www.ulp.pt/mestrados/psicologia-clinica-e-da-saude
  • 2nd cycle in Psychology of Justice. https://www.ulp.pt/mestrados/psicologia-da-justica-vitimas-de-crime
  • 2nd cycle in Juvenile Justice and Protection of Children and Juveniles at Risk. https://www.ulp.pt/mestrados/justica-juvenil-e-protecao-de-criancas-e-jovens-em-perigo
  • 3rd cycle in Clinical Psychology.  https://www.ulusofona.pt/doutoramentos/psicologia-clinica-orientacao-cognitivo-comportamental
ULHT - Universidade Lusófona de Humanidades e Tecnologia
  • 1st cycle in Videogames. https://www.ulusofona.pt/licenciaturas/videojogos
  • 1st cycle in Psychology. https://www.ulusofona.pt/licenciaturas/psicologia
  • 2nd cycle in Cybertherapy and Neurocognitive Rehabilitation. https://www.ulusofona.pt/mestrados/ciberterapia-e-reabilitacao-neurocognitiva
  • 2nd cycle in Neuropsychology. https://www.ulusofona.pt/mestrados/neuropsicologia-aplicada
  • 2nd cycle in Clinical and Health Psychology. https://www.ulusofona.pt/mestrados/psicologia-clinica-e-da-saude
  • 2nd cycle in Forensics Psychology. https://www.ulusofona.pt/mestrados/psicologia-forense
  • 2nd cycle in Social Psychology. https://www.ulusofona.pt/mestrados/psicologia-social-e-das-organizacoes
  • 2nd cycle in Sexology. https://www.ulusofona.pt/mestrados/transdisciplinar-de-sexologia
  • 3rd cycle in Clinical Psychology.  https://www.ulusofona.pt/doutoramentos/psicologia-clinica-orientacao-cognitivo-comportamental