Ana Rita Farias

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Ana Rita Farias

Ana Rita Farias completed her PhD in Psychology in December 2013 from ISCTE-Instituto Universitário de Lisboa (ISCTE-IUL). Currently, she is an Auxiliary Researcher and Invited Assistant Professor at Hei-Lab: Digital Human-Environment Interaction Lab. During her career, Professor Farias has held research positions and visited as a guest researcher both in psychology and in business and economics departments: Utrecht University (NL); University of Wisconsin (USA); Católica Lisbon Research Unit in Business and Economics (CUBE); and Center for Economics and Finance at University of Porto (cefUP). She began her research career studying social psychology – multimodal perception and situated approach to human cognition. Over the last few years, she has pivoted her research agenda from pure Psychology to Behavioral Economics. Professor Farias has collaborated in several research projects funded by both national (FCT) and international agencies (NIMH; EC; FCT-EC).

Maria Teresa Soares Souto

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Maria Teresa Soares Souto

Degree in Psychology (1990) from the Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences of the University of Porto; Master’s Degree in Psychiatry and Mental Health (2000), Faculty of Medicine, University of Porto; PhD in Psychology (2013) by the Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences of the University of Porto; Post Phd (2016) at the Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences of the University of Porto under the guidance of Professor Cristina Queirós in the field of emotional recognition in different clinical populations using various
assessment strategies.
Assistant Professor at Universidade Lusófona do Porto (Bachelor in Psychology and Master in Clinical and Health Psychology) and at Instituto Superior de Serviço Social do Porto (Bachelor in Social Work; Masters in Social Gerontology).
Researcher at HEI Lab – Human-Environment Interaction Laboratory (January 2018); Researcher at LABRP- Laboratório de Reabilitação Psicossocial (Escola Superior de Saúde, do Politécnico do Porto & Faculdade de Psicologia e de Ciências da Educação, da Universidade do Porto) (January 2009);
Private Practice of Psychological Intervention; Senior Member of the Portuguese Psychologists Association; specialist in Clinical and Health Psychology (August 2016) with advanced specialties in Psychotherapy and Neuropsychology (December 2016).

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

Nuno Maria Carvalho Pereira Fernandes Fachada

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Nuno Maria Carvalho Pereira Fernandes Fachada

Nuno Fachada is an Assistant Professor and Vice-Director of the Videogames degree in Universidade Lusófona de Humanidades e Tecnologias (ULHT) and a researcher at HEI-Lab research laboratory at the same University, while also collaborating with LaSEEB/ISR laboratory at Instituto Superior Técnico (IST). He is currently investigating parallelization strategies and statistically accurate replication of agent-based models, as well as stochastic optimization algorithms. Nuno also researches good practices in the teaching of computer science topics to Videogames development students. He completed his degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from IST in 2005, and went on to pursue a master degree (M.Sc.) in the same institute on the topic of immune system simulation, from which he graduated in 2008. During this period Nuno was a teaching assistant at IST, lecturing subjects such as Programming, Digital Systems, Microprocessors or Computer Architectures. He successfully defended his Ph.D. thesis in 2016 (IST), entitled “Agent-Based Modeling on High Performance Computing Architectures”, for which he was awarded the maximum grade “Pass with Distinction and Honour”. After a year as a postdoctoral researcher at LaSEEB/ISR, Nuno moved to his current position at HEI-Lab/ULHT

Pedro Joel Mendes Rosa

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Pedro Joel Mendes Rosa

I received the Ph.D degree in Health Psychology from the Instituto Universitário de Lisboa (ISCTE-IUL), Lisbon, Portugal, in 2014. I currently am the Vice-coordinator of the Experimental Psychology Lab @ULHT, Lisbon and the Coordinator of the Experimental Psychology Lab @ISMAT, Portimão. I am researcher @HEI-Lab/ULHT and CIS-ISCTE/IUL. My research interests focus on oculometry (eye tracking), psychophysiology and quantitative methodology/psychometrics. I’m the mentor of the International Conference on Eye Tracking, Visual Cognition and Emotion and the National Meeting on Cognitive Oculometry, in Portugal. In 2016, I received the Merit Research Award from the Portuguese Society of Health Psychology (SPPS).

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