Mauro Bianchi


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Mauro Bianchi

Mauro Bianchi received his PhD in Social Psychology from the International Graduate College, Friedrich Schiller University, Jena, Germany. He is a researcher at Hei-Lab and assistant professor at the Lusófona University, Lisbon. His work focuses on issues of stereotyping and inter-group relations, social stigma, and language

Ana Rita Cruz

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Ana Rita Cruz

Ana Rita Cruz, PhD in Psychology, is a researcher at Lusófona University, Hei-Lab, and Assistant Professor at Lusofona University – Lisbon Portugal. Main research interests are related to neuropsychological assessment in forensic settings, aggressive patterns and criminality, and the impact of adverse childhood experiences on crime

Pedro Pinto Neves

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Pedro Pinto Neves

Pedro Pinto Neves holds an MA in Digital Game Design and did his PhD thesis (Communication Sciences) on agency in games. He is an integrated research with HEI-Lab and an Auxiliary Professor at Universidade Lusófona de Humanidades e Tecnologias (Portugal), teaching on Interactive Narratives and Game Design. Pedro’s research interests are game design vocabularies and conceptual tools

Pedro Gamito

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Pedro Gamito

Pedro Gamito earned his PhD from the University of Salford (UK) in Built and Human Environment in 2002, and the title of Aggregate in Rehabilitation by the University of Lisbon in 2012. Pedro is a Full Professor and the Director of the Computational Psychology Laboratory at the School of Psychology and Life Sciences and the director of the Research Centre – HEI-Lab –Digital Human-Environment Interaction Lab, at Lusófona University. Since 2004 he has been developing, validating and applying numerous virtual reality applications designed for the treatment of anxiety disorders and for the cognitive stimulation of patients with stroke, TBI and Substance Use Disorders. His apps are being use daily in the two largest Portuguese psychiatric and rehab hospitals. Pedro has been engaged in several VR-based simulation projects under EU financing schemes. He has published extensively and is associated editor on several scientific journals in his field. Pedro has participated in several projects in the field of eHealth and contributes to the most relevant professional associations within his line of work.In 2018, he was awarded with the Lifetime Achievement Award of the International Association of CyberPsychology, Training & Rehabilitation

Ricardo José Martins Pinto

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Ricardo José Martins Pinto

Ricardo Pinto is assistant professor at University Lusófona of Porto, Faculty of Psychology, Education and Sports, and Director of the Master in Juvenile Justice and Protection of Children and Young People in Danger. He received his Ph.D. in 2013 in Health Psychology at University of Minho. He has expertise in quantitative methods and his programmatic work is in the effects of interpersonal violence on women and children, including child maltreatment and post-traumatic stress disorder in adolescents. This research has significant public health implications in Portugal, where there are relatively high rates of intimate partner violence and childhood adversity and trauma. He is currently interested in testing theoretical models of stress and trauma exposure through virtual reality, for instance in first responders. His work has been published in high profile outlets, such as Psychoneuroendocrinology, Journal of Traumatic Stress, and Child Abuse and Neglect. He is member of the Editorial Advisory Board of the Journal of Traumatic Stress and has been invited to have an editorial participation as a reviewer in several international journals