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Biography

I have always been fascinated by the relationship between humans and technology, its amazing potential to make our lives easier and better, and also its inherent dangers and frequent failures.

That is why I’ve become an expert in communication, marketing and digital technologies working as teacher and researcher at the Catholic University of Portugal, based in Lisbon, where I coordinate the Post-graduate Course on Communication and Social Media.

Since 2004, my academic research has explored the social impact of digital technologies. My work includes the books “Young Children (0-8) and Digital Technologies: Portugal National Report” (2016) (with co-author Rita Brito), “Living in the Digital Society” (2014), “The Mobile Phone and Daily Life” (2008), and other scientific publications on mobile communication, communication and cognition, young children and digital technologies, branding and social media marketing, and social media and PR.

At the moment, I’m working on my postdoctoral research project on multi-screening and on the European Commission’s project “Young Children (0-8) and Digital Technologies”. Beyond academic life and work, I’m a full-time mom of two amazing kids and I devote most of my time and energy to my family. I also enjoy dancing, I need some offline time to relax…

Academic Positions

Education & Training

  • Ph.D. 2012

    Ph.D. in Communication Sciences

    Catholic University of Portugal, School of Human Sciences

  • M.A. 2006

    Master in Organizations, Communication and New Technologies

    Catholic University of Portugal, School of Human Sciences

  • B.A. 2003

    Bachelor in Communication

    Catholic University of Portugal, School of Human Sciences

Honors, Awards and Grants

  • 2016
    STSM - Short Term Scientific Mission by COST1404 eRead at Center of Internet Studies and Digital Life, University of Navarra
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  • 2015
    Post-doctoral research grant by FCT - Foundation for Science and Technology
  • 2014
    Global Alliance COMM Prix Distinction Award - Best Academic Case Study
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  • 2008-2012
    Doctoral research grant by FCT - Foundation for Science and Technology
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  • 2003
    Radio Renascença Award for Best Student (B.A. level)