JORGE VALA, PhD in Social Psychology, University of Louvain (1984), was a full professor at ISCTE, and is currently senior researcher at the Institute of Social Sciences (ICS)/University of Lisbon. At ICS, his research focuses on socio-cognitive processes in the field of social representations and ideologies, social norms and social identities. His present projects articulate these processes with the study of racism and prejudice, immigration issues, political attitudes, social justice, and validation of everyday knowledge.
Jorge Vala was invited professor at several universities, including the University Rene Descartes-Paris, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales and the State University of Rio de Janeiro. He was a member of the Executive Committee of the European Association of Experimental Social Psychology, President of the Portuguese Association of Psychology, Editor of the Revista Psicologia. He was the Portuguese representative on the European Programme COST, as well as President of the Department of Social and Organizational Psychology at ISCTE. Currently, he is the national coordinator for the European Social Survey, and member of the Scientific Committee of the European Values Study. He is also member of the Scientific Board of the Fondation Suisse pour la Recherche en Sciences Sociales (FORS). Between May 2007 and September 2009, he chaired the ICS Academic Board; and is currently ICS Director.SVEN WALDZUS, studied psychology in Germany, received his PhD in 1999 at Friedrich-Schiller University, Jena and worked in several research projects, but also as consultant and trainer in schools and other public or non-profit organizations. Since 2002 he has been teaching at the Department of Social and Organizational Psychology of the University Institute of Lisbon (ISCTE-IUL), since 2011 as Associate Professor. His research covers several areas of intergroup relations, such as social identity, ethnocentrism, intergroup tolerance and extreme negative behaviour towards outgroups. Currently, his research interest focusses on cognitive-motivational models of social relations, their embodiment and relevance in intergroup relations.
From 2003 to 2008 he was executive director of the Centro de Investigacao e Intervencao Social of ISCTE, which hosts the largest group of social psychologists in Portugal. From 2010 to 2012 he was head of the Department of Social and Organizational Psychology, and from 2013 to 2015 director of the PhD program in Psychology at ISCTE-IUL, which is funded since 2014 by the Portuguese Foundation of Science and Technology (FCT). From 2006 to 2008 he was associated editor of the European Journal of Social Psychology.
MARIA MANUELA CALHEIROS, PhD in Community Social Psychology ISCTE (2003), is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Social and Organizational Psychology of the University Institute of Lisbon (ISCTE-IUL). Her research interests cover the areas of education, well-being and risk factors associated to child and youth development; parental abuse and neglect; and the design and evaluation of intervention programs with abusive and neglectful families and institutionalized children and youth.
From 2006 to 2013 she was the coordinator of the Masters in Community Psychology and Child Protection, from 2010 to 2013 she was the President of the Portuguese Association of Psychology and from 2012 to 2014 she was head of the Department of Social and Organizational Psychology.
With a strong focus on social intervention, Maria Manuela Calheiros has developed several research-based projects on programs that have been applied in different private and public institutions. She has a strong links to the community and has been working with the government (at the national level and the Council of Europe) in providing technical information to support the creation of regulations and guidelines (e.g., for preventing violence towards children), implementing changes in institutions and facilitating the national implementation of European politics.
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