Universidade Autónoma de Lisboa R&D Unit Psychology Research Center


The Psychology Research Center (CIP) is an R&D Unit of the Autonomous University of Lisbon, constituted in the Academic Year 2001-2002 within the scope of the R&D activities of the Department of Psychology. In the 2013-2017 Research Units Evaluation contest , this R&D Unit was accredited and obtained the classification of Good, and therefore started to be financed by the Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT).

In 2018, a Collaboration Protocol with the University of Algarve (Participating Institution / Management Unit) was prepared. In the 2017-2018 Research Units Evaluation competition, the Psychology Research Center maintained the classification of Good remaining as an Unit accredited and financed by FCT.

Since 2005 the CIP publishes the scientific magazine PSIQUE, which has been online since 2013

Within the scope of the Research Line, 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 behavior and the way-of-being-in- 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 line is operationalized through individual or collaborative or partnership research projects

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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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