I am a social psychologist with a passion for culture. My research centres on ageism, age stereotyping as well as values and morality across cultures. I am also very interested in acculturation and intercultural trainings. I have teaching experience for both the undergraduate and graduate level and I am currently the coordinator of the course Psychology of Intercultural Communication within the Master Psychology of Intercultural Relations at ISCTE-IUL in Lisbon (Portugal).
2015 - present
I received a FCT Investigador research grant in order to study diversity in old age. The project is called Brave old world? The role of old age diversity in ageism. The main idea is to acknowledge that older people are not a homogenous group when it comes to successful ageing and to how they are perceived and evaluated by others. The projecy also takes into account cultural and socio-economic aspects of ageing and ageism.
Marie Curie Fellow
2011 - 2015
I received a Marie Curie Fellowship to study age stereotypes across cultures at CIS-IUL (ISCTE University, Lisbon, Portugal). The project is entitled Nice but incompetent? The Elderly Stereotype in Europe. I use data from the European Social Survey and apply multilevel modelling to understand the interplay between individual- and country-level factors in the prediction of ageism. In another set of studies, I conduct experiments to assess boundary conditions of old age discrimination. Currently, I am also studying age stereotypes in children across different cultures. I hope that this series of studies will help to arrive at a better understanding of age stereotyping and how it can be changed.
2010 - 2011
I started doing research on ageism when I was working as a postdoc at the Centre for the Study of Group Processes at the University of Kent (UK) with Prof Dominic Abrams. The primary goal was to provide evidence-based information on ageism to policy makers in the UK (Department of Work and Pensions). This resulted in a number of reports with policy recommendations for the government (see CV).
1999 - 2010
While doing my Master and PhD degree, I was always working as a research assistant in a number of different projects ranging from being a technical assistant at the Sleep Lab (University of Regensburg, Germany) to collecting and analysing data on Youth, Workplace Diversity, and Immigration in New Zealand (see CV).
German (mother tongue)
Multi-level Modelling (Mplus, HLM)
Structural Equation Modelling (Mplus, AMOS)
Multidimensional Scaling (SPSS)
Psychometrics (e.g., cross-cultural equivalence testing)
Victoria University of Wellington
My PhD research is entitled What is right? What is wrong? And does the answer tell something about culture? An investigation into culture and morality using the values concept. In my thesis, I researched what kinds of moral concerns may be universal or more culture-specific and whether the somewhat ´fuzzy´ concept of culture could be measured through prescriptive values. This work was awarded with the Harry and Pola Triandis Dissertation Award 2012 issued by the International Association of Cross-cultural Psychology.
University of Regensburg
This is where it all began: I wrote my Master thesis on the cultural differences between Germans and Brazilians at the workplace. I obtained a German Academic Exchange Service Scholarhsip (DAAD) to go to São Paulo and to interview German expatriates about critical incidents that they had experienced while working with Brazilians. Ever since I have been passionate about doing research on culture and I enjoy exploring different ways of uncovering cultural differences and similarities in various domains. My Master thesis research received the first prize at the German Study Award (Deutscher Studienpreis) issued by the Hamburger-Körber Stiftung in 2005.