Manuela Veríssimo

Manuela Veríssimo
Integrated Member
Social Development Team

Manuela Veríssimo obtained her Degree in Clinical Psychology at ISPA and her PhD in Developmental Psychology at the University of Quebec in Montreal, Canada. She is presently Vice-Rector and coordinator of the Developmental Psychology Scientific Area of ISPA. She has coordinated several research projects funded by FCT and other institutions. She has published several articles in national and international scientific reviews and presented papers the most important international conferences, relating to Developmental Psychology, having been invited to give Key notes addresses and organizing symposiums. She has consulted in research projects in Spain, France, Peru and the USA. In 2011 she received the Bowlby Ainsworth Award from the Center for Mental Health Promotion e The New York Attachment Consortium for her contribution in investigation and teaching within the field of Attachment Theory.
Manuela Verissimo research aims to emphasize the connection between the quality of secure-base relationships, during infancy and childhood, and a range of outcomes in the domains of social and emotional development. She considers that attachment theory needs to incorporate the notion that the child builds an attachment network in the first years of life that will constrain his/her development. In this sense, she is particularly interested in studying the role of father/child interaction and relationship. Finally, her research is profoundly embodied in both developmental and cross-cultural perspectives.

Main 5 publications

Fernandes, C., Monteiro, L., Santos, A.J., Fernandes, M., Antunes, M., Vaughn, B. E., & Veríssimo, M. (2019). Early father–child and mother–child attachment relationships: contributions to preschoolers’ social competence, Attachment & Human Development, doi: 10.1080/14616734.2019.1692045
Fernandes, C., Veríssimo, M., Monteiro, L., Antunes, M., Vaughn, B. E, Santos, A. J. (2018) Mothers, fathers, sons, and daughters: Are there sex differences in the organization of secure base behavior during early childhood. Infant Behavior and Development, 50, 213-223. doi:10.1016/j.infbeh.2018.01.006
Veríssimo, M., Torres, N., Silva, F., Fernandes, C., Vaughn, B.E., Santos, A.J. (2017) Children’s representations of attachment and positive teacher-child relationships. Frontiers in Psychology, section Educational Psychology, 8:2270. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2017.02270
Pinto, A., Veríssimo, M., Gatinho, A., Santos, A. J., Vaughn, B. (2015) Direct and indirect relations between parent–child attachments, peer acceptance, and self-esteem for preschool children. Attachment and Human Development. 17: 586-598. doi:10.1080/14616734.2015.1093009
Veríssimo, M., Santos, A. J., Fernandes, C., Shin, N., & Vaughn, B. E. (2014) Associations between attachment security and social competence in preschool children. Merril Palmer Quarterly, 60, 80-99. doi: 10.1353/mpq.2014.0001