Degree in Forestry Engineering from the University of Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro and Gerontology from the Polytechnic Institute of Bragança. Master in Sociology, specialising in Social Policies, from the University of Minho. She is doing her PhD in Sociology at the Communication and Society Research Centre, Social Sciences Institute, University of Minho.

She is a scholarship holder of the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology. Her research focuses on the sociology of ageing, namely social isolation, social exclusion and cognitive health.