R&D Institutions

Resultado da avaliação 2007 na área de Psicologia

Unidade de I&D


Classificação: Good

Comentários do painel de avaliação
Sobre a unidade
This unit is heterogeneous not only in terms of quality, but also in terms of content. It is difficult to identify the coherence of this unit behind personal relations.
Two groups (946 and 1008) stand out clearly from the rest. Some of their members publish in international journals and have received genuine international recognition.
The other groups have between them produced few publications and even fewer in international journals. In some cases, the researchers responsible for the groups do not even know the number of graduate students working on their research theme. More importantly, research was rarely theory-driven, but based on intuition without knowledge of the literature in relevant domains. Also, some members of these groups restrict their research to the adaptation of existing instruments to Portugal without in any obvious way adding anything original to the knowledge base.
As with the other units, we sought to meet graduate students. In this case, there were very few of them. It seems that graduate students do not have space in the institution. They have to work at home or in the library.
Sobre os grupos de investigação
Career Guidance and Development of Human Resources [RG-PSY-LVT-Lisboa-314-1008]
Excellent International research topic with very good former publications in the area but not too broad, mega-project. The question is whether is this “International life design research project” feasible? Too idealistic? Looks like a beautiful dream.
This project has a good chance for scientific and practical international productivity mainly due to the fact that Maria Duarte will take part in the research group who had a leading place (and expertise on the topic) in a former successfully project within the unit. As in the former project ample training for PhD and masters can be expected.
Change processes in natural and clinical contexts [RG-PSY-LVT-Lisboa-314-1486]
The focus is clearly clinical. There is a focus on change but the focus on change processes is not obvious. There are few publications.
Clinical and Educational Intervention Programs [RG-X-PSY-LVT-Lisboa-314-1490]
Cognitive Processes and Social Cognition [RG-PSY-LVT-Lisboa-314-946]
There are five doctoral level researchers in the group (the principal investigator appears to be 70 years old and would be 73 by the end of the period). Some of the five have an excellent record of publication in international journals, including papers in the very top journals in the field. The research programme is coherent (as one would expect from a group of individuals with this kind of track record) and reasonably focussed (but there are three foci and it is not entirely clear what links them together), though their collective experience of research supervision at the doctoral level is surprisingly limited.
It should be noted that these comments do not take into account the changes that have taken place since then. The changes do not impact on the general judgment.
Guidance and Career Development [RG-X-PSY-LVT-Lisboa-314-982]
Health and Development Psychology [RG-PSY-LVT-Lisboa-314-945]
The group is dynamic, productive and it attracts students. However, there are too many projects to be considered programmatic research.
Personality Assessment [RG-X-PSY-LVT-Lisboa-314-1417]
Project 1 - Human Intelligence and Thinking: General and Differential Psychology Perspectives [RG-X-PSY-LVT-Lisboa-314-1107]
Psychological Assessment: Theories, methodologies, and applications [RG-PSY-LVT-Lisboa-314-1416]
There are five doctoral level researchers in the group, but they are not the new generation. Given the cumulative experience, number of years of accumulated tenure of the team, their international publications are limited. The PI has some English language publications, mainly on Rorschach testing. One other has publications in some very creditable journals, but bizarrely of articles with 100+ authors (probably written by Schmitt, as first author given the other 100+ authors are listed alphabetically). The research proposal has an old-fashioned feel to it, in terms of focus and in terms of method, and some of it only offers to repeat in Portugal research already done elsewhere. Again, given the combined age and experience of the team, the extent of research student supervision seems limited. The PI claims "various" doctoral level supervision but gives no details.
Also, projects are elaborated just by intuition, without looking at the literature. One cannot expect a possible improvement.
Self-regulation asessment and intervention in learning and health promotion [RG-PSY-LVT-Lisboa-314-1485]
This group was mainly evaluated on the basis of its presentation.
Clearly, there are too many projects and not enough valuable publications.