Rosa Cabecinhas holds an Habilitation [Provas de Agregação] in Communication Sciences, a PhD in Social Psychology of Communication and a European Master Degree in Applied Psychology. Her PhD thesis, entitled “Racism and Ethnicity in Portugal”, was awarded the best academic research on Immigration and Ethnic Minorities by the High Commissary of Immigration and Ethnic Minorities (2004) and she is co-recipient of the 2012 Gordon Allport Intergroup Relations Prize by the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues.

She is a founding member of Sopcom (The Portuguese Association for the Communication Sciences), co-founded and is vice-chair of the Intercultural Communication research group (Sopcom) and founding member and Chair of the Communication and Diversity Permanent Seminar based at CECS (Communication and Society Research Centre). She is a full member of national and international academic associations as well as a reviewer and member of the editorial board of academic journals.

Her research interests are interdisciplinary and, has vast experience in coordinating international and interdisciplinary teams. She was Vice-Chair of the Cost action IS 1205 “Social psychological dynamics of historical representations in the enlarged Europe” and coordinated several funded research projects related to memory studies, social identity, diversity and the public sphere. She has been Visiting Scholar at several universities in Europe and around the world, including among others: Universidade Nacional Timor Lorosa’e, East Timor; Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand; Universidade Eduardo Mondlane, Mozambique; the University of Texas at Austin, USA. She authored the book Preto e Branco. A naturalização da discriminação racial [Black and White. The naturalization of racial discrimination] (2017, 2ed), co-authored the book De outro género: Propostas para a promoção de um jornalismo mais inclusivo (2014), and co-edited several volumes, including Cinema, migrations and cultural diversity (2019), Intercultural communication and mediation in contemporary societies (2019), Comunicação Intercultural: Perspectivas, Dilemas e Desafios [Intercultural Communication: Perspectives, Dilemmas and Challenges](2017, 2ed); Gender in focus: (new) trends in media (2016), Colonial Imaginaries: Propaganda, Militancy and “Resistance” in the Cinema (2016), Gender in focus: (new) trends in media (2016), and (In)visibilities. Image and Racism (2020).