R&D Institutions

Resultado da avaliação 2007 na área de Psicologia

Unidade de I&D

Centro de Investigação em Psicologia do Comportamento Desviante e Saúde [PSY-Norte-Porto-662] visitada em 07/01/2008

Classificação: Fair

Comentários do painel de avaliação
Sobre a unidade
This unit, composed of three groups, lacks critical mass, equipment, space, or coherent lines of research. The three groups are characterized by a variety of different studies that do not build upon one another. Indeed, individuals choose their own topic. All these characteristics may explain the small number of international publications in Journals.
The three groups, which all have Ph.D. students subsidized by FCT (12 in total), seem to get along very well together and prefer to remain separate from the other psychology units at the university of Porto. They differ a lot, however, in terms of leadership. Group 2644 has a clear leader with (overly) ambitious goals. In group 2646, it is a member (Celina P. Manita Santos), rather than its formal leader, who knew best what was going on in terms of research. In group 2648, we were told that it would be “boring” to try and integrate theoretically the different lines of research.
If those involved could accept a reduction in the number of different areas on which they work and instead concentrate their efforts on fewer, theoretically-driven research lines, some of them could form a very good group with scope for integration into a larger unit.
Sobre os grupos de investigação
Crime, marginality and law [RG-PSY-Norte-Porto-662-2646]
Insufficient commitment to publication at the international level. Research going in all directions. No theoretical questions behind the research.
Some members of the group have potential.
Disease and health behaviour [RG-PSY-Norte-Porto-662-2648]
Too many research studies, too broad and consequently no depth at all in the results.
Drugs and addictive behaviours [RG-PSY-Norte-Porto-662-2644]
This group has 11 PhD's. Obviously, it has a clear research focus. But what is the general model of addictive behaviour remains unexplored. Compared to the number of PhD's, the group has a rather poor output. 2 international papers (they mention 6, but 4 of them are in Portuguese or Spanish).