PhD in Communication Sciences, in 2008, at the University of Minho, where she is Associate Professor of the Department of Communication Sciences of the Institute of Social Sciences. She is currently vice-Director of CECS – Communication and Society Research Centre.

Teresa Ruão teaches and investigates in the areas of Organizational and Strategic Communication, Health Communication, Science Communication, Brands and Public Relations. She was a founding member of SOPCOM – Portuguese Association of Communication Sciences). She is an appraiser of FCT and A3Es.