Associate Professor with Agregation of the Institute of Social Sciences and a doctorate in Communication Sciences (Psychosociology of Communication), in 2003. She teaches in the areas of Social Psychology and Intercultural Communication.

She was the coordinator and principal investigator of several projects funded by the Foundation for Science and Technology and the European Commission. She was vice-chair of the COST network “Social psychological dynamics of historical representations in the enlarged European Union” (2012-2016). Currently, she is mainly engaged in the following research areas: diversity and intercultural communication, social memory, social representations, social identities, stereotypes and social discrimination. Among her publications are the following books: “Black and White: The naturalization of racial discrimination” (2017, 2nd edition), “Intercultural Communication: Perspectives, Dilemmas and Challenges” (with Luís Cunha, 2017, 2nd edition), “Narratives and Social Memory: Theoretical and Methodological Approaches” (with Lilia Abadia, 2013), and Of other gender: Proposals for the promotion of a more inclusive journalism (with Carla Cerqueira, Sara I. Magalhães, Anabela Santos and Conceição Nogueira, 2014 ).

She participated in the founding of Sopcom (Portuguese Association of Communication Sciences) and is a partner of the International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) and the European Communication Research and Education Association (ECREA). Coordinates, with Carla Cerqueira, the Permanent Seminar on Communication and Diversity. Coordinates, with Isabel Macedo, the Working Group on Intercultural Communication of Sopcom.