R&D Institutions

Resultado da avaliação 2007 na área de Psicologia

Unidade de I&D

Unidade de Investigação em Psicologia e Saúde (UIPES) [PSY-LVT-Lisboa-4010] visitada em 04/01/2008

Classificação: Good

Comentários do painel de avaliação
Sobre a unidade
This unit is presenting itself to the FCT for the first time. Its research focus revolves around health and clinical psychology. Quite a few members come from non-empirical branches of psychology (e.g., psychoanalysis), but they all feel the need to shift their approach towards falsifiable hypotheses and /or concrete descriptive data.
The staffing is substantial, as is the number of Ph.D. students, many of them currently sponsored by the FCT. The unit has already produced numerous publications, but most of them at the national level. The unit is aware of this situation and its main effort will concentrate on internationalization. They do have the contacts but they need to publish more in international outlets.
If one can see some coherence of the unit across the different groups, there is also some heterogeneity. Group # 150 on Parenting Psychology is probably the weakest link in the unit. It would benefit from more theory and research-oriented colleagues. The group # 153 on Methodology and Data Analysis is specific; it relies essentially on one person who has mostly worked in the past with biologists. Because all the other groups need help in terms of methodology and data analysis, one would see more easily the output of this group as transversal.
Sobre os grupos de investigação
This is a relatively small group with 2 PhD’s as PI’s, 1 PhD, and 4 non-PhD’s. This group has a clear focus (positive psychology and the role in health, disease and quality of life). The group has a good output, with 6 international papers in the list of 10 major outputs from 2003 to 2007 (4 are conference abstracts) and a substantial list of Portuguese publications that obviously have the aim to introduce and develop the field within Portugal. The PI’s have an international orientation and are known outside Portugal through their contributions at international conferences and international collaborative contacts. The group has also been able to attract substantial funding for research. This group is pivotal to further develop and improve the level of research and international reputation of health psychology of Portugal. Therefore, this group should be supported and guided towards further development. They should be concerned about their long term policy. Particularly, the following issues are important
- the focus could be narrowed down a little more and made more specific;
- care should also be taken hire junior collaborators who are willing to go abroad;
- collect more substantial research grants;
Communitary psychology is a popular field in Portugal. This group is also representative of many other ones. The objectives are not sufficiently clear. They do studies but these cannot really be considered research. We hope this will stabilize as the unit progresses.
While the rating of the group is poor its PI is certainly better. However, they should provide expertise across the Units on statistical and methodological aspects since such a knowledge should be transversal to all the groups. This would not prevent the responsible to have his/her own research.
This group is poorer than the other ones. It was not clear from the proposal and the presentation what the aims of the researchers were. It should have a (co) leader who knows who to conduct research.
This group is led by the coordinator of the unit and reflects exactly the state of the unit. This group, for instance, has a lot of important Portuguese publications, and is still in need of real international publications. They are quite aware of this and of the fact that presentations, posters, and presence in international congresses are not enough.
In terms of Ph.D. concluded, the group has an excellent record but is also aware that the theses should be part of more programmatic lines of research.