About me

Short bio

I obtained my degree in Social and Organizational Psychology from ISCTE in 2004. In 2009, I obtained a PhD in Social Psychology from ISCTE, under the supervision of Jorge Vala and Charles Judd (from the University of Colorado at Boulder).

I collaborate with ICS (Institute of Social Sciences – University of Lisbon) since 2004 within projects related with social norms, prejudice, intergroup relations and social attitudes and behaviors.

Between 2009 and 2015, I developed post doctoral research in ICS but also in collaboration with the Radboud University in Nijmegen (The Netherlands) on the phenomenon of implicit racial prejudice and the influence of social norms on its emergence, under the supervision of Daniël Wigboldus. Other topics studied in this period focused the effects of multicultural and colorblind ideologies on attitudes towards immigrant groups.

Since February 2015, I am a Research Fellow with a project that addresses the influence of meritocracy on socially critical decisions (moral dilemmas, medical diagnoses, shooting decisions). At ICS, I am part of the research group SPARC – Social and Political Attitudes and Behaviors.

I also hold a Visiting Assistant Professor position at the School of Human Sciences in the Catholic University of Portugal.

Currently, and until June 2018, I serve in the Governing Board of ICS as Deputy Director.


Research Interests


  • Socially Critical Decisions in Asymmetrical Social Relations
  • Prejudice, Racism and Intergroup Relations
  • Social norms and Legitimation
  • Social Identity, Patriotism and Nationalism
  • Ageing and Well-Being

Currently, my main research project deals with the role of meritocracy on socially critical decisions towards low status group members. Specifically, me and my team are studying medical decisions, shooting decisions, legal decisions and decisions within moral dilemmas and how the salience of a descriptive meritocratic norm or ideology may facilitate the emergence of more negative decisions towards members of low status groups.