Graduate Program in Psychology known for international activities

Program has more than 70 partnerships with universities abroad

02/10/2018 - 08h47
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Photo: Kate Williams/Unsplash

The Graduate Program in Psychology has more than 70 partnerships with international programs, in 18 countries, and agreements with the following universities:

Out of the 110 articles published in 2017, 64% were published in international journals – a figure that is way above the average for this area in Brazil. Applications for admission into the Master’s and PhD programs for 2019 are now open. Click here to find out more.

All faculty members collaborate with international researchers. Graduate students have the chance to join these projects in study missions with the groups from outside of the country. PUCRS also keeps its doors open for undergraduate and graduate students for academic mobility programs. Two courses in English are offered (Emotion and Psychology and Organizations: Career Development at Work). Every year, an international professor comes to teach the course Special Topics in Psychology.

This is one of the factors that earned the Graduate Program in Psychology the status of international excellence, having been awarded with grade 6 by the Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior (Brazilian Federal Agency for Support and Evaluation of Higher Education) – Capes  for 2010-2012, and again for 2013-2016. The highest grade to be achieved is 7. Its coordinator, Professor Dr Tatiana Irigaray, claims that the program is one of the best Psychology programs in Brazil and it is as relevant as other programs in major global centers. The highly qualified faculty, students’ records and the solid pedagogical plan are other factors that earned it the level of quality it now enjoys.

Social relevance

Three multidisciplinary groups accountable to the Psychology Research and Service Center  (Sapp) and a laboratory of the Graduate Program in Psychology are available to the community. The target audience generally consists of patients who are involved in research or have been sent by other institutions. But the external community can benefit from it, too. Undergraduate students can do mandatory internships under the supervision of graduate school professors.

The Cognitive Intervention Laboratory (Labico) offers screening services, psychodiagnostic evaluation, interviews with parents, and motivational interviews in groups or individually. It focuses mostly on drug addiction, metabolic syndrome and psychoeducation.

The Multidisciplinary Research and Study Group in Trauma and Stress comprises four research groups: Cognition, Emotion and Behavior; Affective Neuroscience and Transgenerational Trauma; Cognitive Neuroscience of Development and Immunology of Stress. To follow are some of the attributions of interns: clinical evaluation, neuropsychological evaluation and cognitive-behavioral psychotherapy for children, adolescents, adults and the elderly who have had traumatic experiences.

The Multidisciplinary Study Group for Psychosocial Intervention in Diversity includes research and extension activities needed to address psychosocial demands, development of actions and awareness programs, especially for people living different realities and vulnerable individuals. The groups devises training programs, jointly with IT companies, with an eye to increasing the employability of transgenders; gender workshops in schools and training programs intended to raise the awareness of diversity in companies.

The Multidisciplinary Research and Study Group in Psychological Evaluation and People Development offers weekly theory seminars, planning activities, research projects, neuropsychological evaluation, career counseling, career planning and psychotherapy services for the community.

The actions carried out by graduate students must be socially relevant. They are expected to conduct activities based on the research findings, such as lectures, extension programs, professional training for health care professionals and teachers.

Contribution for regional development

Some of its alumni are now working in several institutions all over the country, from the Universidade de Passo Fundo to the Universidade Federal do Amazonas, as they are making a contribution to the reduction of regional inequalities in the country’s graduate-level scenario. Some of them have been working overseas, at universities in Zurich (Switzerland), Barcelona (Spain) and Cornell (USA).

Since March 2016, the Graduate Program in Psychology has opened its doors to students from the north of Brazil (Rondônia), for Capes’ Inter-institutional Doctorate, which seeks to produce PhDs in regions that are distant from the major urban center in order to minimize the existing regional asymmetries. This project includes the development of academic production and the consolidation of lines of research to respond to the needs of local and regional development in both institutions.

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Registrations open until Oct 10
Capes/CNPq monthly stipend
Master’s degrees: BRL 1,500

Doctoral degrees: BRL 2,200 (Capes) and BRL 2,500 (CNPq)

Number of graduate students who have completed the program since 1972
Master’s degrees: 721

Doctoral degrees: 164

Faculty (PhDs)
14 – 64% have done postdoctoral research (36% overseas)
CNPq research productivity fellows
11 faculty members (78.6% out of the total)
Students from outside of Rio Grande do Sul
19 from Acre, Rondônia and Paraná
Students from outside of the country
Mexico, Argentina, Chile, Peru, Colombia and Mozambique
Postdoctoral Fellows
6, 2 of which are Capes’ Programa Nacional de Pós-Doutorado (PNPD) fellows and 1 CNPq fellow
Faculty serving as directors of committees and associations
Financial Aid
CNPq (Master’s and PhD)
Proex/Capes – partial and full (Master’s and PhD)