The Research Centre for Psychology (CIP) is an R&D Unit of the Autonóma’s University of Lisbon, established in the 2001-2002academic year as part of the R&D activities of the Department of Psychology. In the 2013-2017 Research Units' Evaluation, this R&D Unit was accredited and obtained the classification of Goodstarting to be funded by the Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT).

In 2018, a collaboration protocol was drawn up with the University of Algarve (Participating Institution/Managing Unit). In the 2017-2018 evaluation the Research Centre in Psychology maintained the classification ofGood remaining an accredited Unit and funded by FCT.

Since 2005, the CIP has been publishing the scientific Jornal PSIQUE, which has been online since 2013.

Under the Research Strand Psychosocial Vulnerability and Unstable Contexts, CIP has been developing several R&D projects and establishing protocols with different Higher Education Institutions, and / or national and foreign research units.


CIP's motivation focuses on the study of the individual / group's psychosocial vulnerability, which presupposes an understanding of the bio-psychio-socio-anthropological and noetic contexts that, positively or negatively, influence the behaviour and the way-of-being-in-the-world of the person / group. Research focuses on the different facets of vulnerability and the respective risk and / or protective factors, increasing the ability to intervene, prevent and enhance the conditions of self-organization and complexification of the social being, inserted in a global world.

The CIP research strand is operationalized through individual, or collaborative or partnership research projects

Formative offer 

The Psychology Degree has as its philosophy the experiential pedagogical principles, The hands-on method , underlying the Bologna guidelines and the training requirements to exercise the profession of psychologist, according to the Portuguese Psychologists Order. Thus, the interconnection between the theoretical concepts presented and their practical application (eg in specific contexts and in community institutions) is privileged, promoting contact with situations of the future professional, respecting, however, the characteristics of a 1st cycle of study >>>

The Master's Degree in Clinical and Counseling Psychology (2nd cycle of studies), fundamental for the professional practice of Psychology, allows the Master's students to deepen theoretical knowledge related to the understanding of the Human Being and his problems, as well as to develop specific skills of psychological intervention in the different scopes of action (eg in the clinical practice of helping and counseling relationships; in multiple professional situations where relational skills are decisive, such as team management, institutional or professional relationship management; in psychological assessment; in psychodiagnosis)> >>

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