Leonor Pereira Da Costa

Leonor Pereira Da Costa


Leonor Pereira da Costa is an Assistant Professor at Lusófona University, and an integrated member of the HEI-Lab (Digital Human-environment Research Lab) R&D unit, in the Laboratory Behavior and Social Change in Context Lab (BeSCC Lab). She is the PI of the project "Status Fit: Multi-level Mapping of Children's Vulnerability to Social Class-Based Discrimination", funded by "la Caixa" Foundation (FP23-1B003) and of the project "Fighting Prejudice: Prejudice reduction through indirect intergroup contact in virtual settings", funded by Instituto Lusófono de Investigação e Desenvolvimento (Peer reviewed Fazer+ Program; ILIND/F+/EI/03/2020). She also is team member of the project "WeARTolerance: Using an arts-based program to reduce mental health-related stigma in young people", funded by "la Caixa" Foundation (LCF/PR/SR22/52570002) and collaborated in the implementation of a pedagogical project aimed at students' involvement in research, which was awarded with the distinction of Good Practices of Research in Teaching, by ILIND (2020). She holds a PhD in Psychology from CIS-IUL of ISCTE (2020), with a thesis titled "Navigating social class in childhood: Development of Intergroup relations and Self-Categorization". Completed her degree in Psychology in University of Porto (2006) and her master's degree in Data Mining and Data Analysis at ISCTE (2010). She was an Applied Research Assistant at the Research Center of Public Opinion of the Catholic University of Portugal (2006-2015), where she coordinated and collaborated in numerous research projects (e.g., EpireumaPT; International Social Survey Program; National Epidemiological Study of Psychiatric Morbidity). Her research focuses on intergroup relations and behaviors of social inclusion and exclusion, and how digital environments can be used towards a more inclusive society. Given her strong background in research methodology and data analysis, she is involved in research in other domains working closely with researchers from different fields of research. Leonor Costa has been collaborating in several R&D projects funded by FCT, such as "The social development of Human Values in Childhood and Adolescence" (PTDC/SOC-SOC/30635/2017) and "Animals in Disasters: Liminal Becomings, reframing human-animal relations in natural disasters" (CEECIND/02719/2017), and in Erasmus + Projects such as "ALERRT: Autism on the Line! Educating first Responders on how to Recognise and Treat Individuals with autism". She also has helped organize Summer Schools for training young researchers ("Verão com Ciência" initiative of the FCT).


  • Outros
    Curso de Formação Pedagógica Inicial de Formadores
  • Outros
    Curso de Análise de Conteúdo Assistida por Computador
  • Outros
    Curso de Representação gráfica de informação estatística
  • Outros
    Modelos de Equação Estrutural: Teste de hipóteses de mediação e moderação
  • Doutoramento
  • Licenciatura
  • Mestrado
    Prospecção e Análise de Dados
  • Outros
    Análise De Dados com R - Estatística Descritiva e Inferencial



Journal article

  • 2023-09, “Feed” or “Unfeed”?, Journal of Media Psychology
  • 2022-05-26, Do Maternal Self-Criticism and Symptoms of Postpartum Depression and Anxiety Mediate the Effect of History of Depression and Anxiety Symptoms on Mother-Infant Bonding? Parallel–Serial Mediation Models, Frontiers in Psychology
  • 2022-04-26, Solid Waste Management Approach at the University through Living Labs and Communication Strategies: Case Studies in Italy and Portugal, Sustainability
  • 2021-02-19, “Everything Is Gonna Be Alright with Me”: The Role of Self-Compassion, Affect, and Coping in Negative Emotional Symptoms during Coronavirus Quarantine, International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
  • 2020, É cada um para o que nasce?”: Desenvolvimento das atribuições causais da pobreza infantil na infância e soluções percebidas para a pobreza, Psicologia
  • 2016, Prevalence of rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases and their impact on health-related quality of life, physical function and mental health in Portugal: results from EpiReumaPt– a national health survey
  • 2016, Prevalence of rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases and their impact on health-related quality of life, physical function and mental health in Portugal
  • 2015, EpiReumaPt: how to perform a national population based study - a practical guide
  • 2014, What do Europeans Believe to be the Causes of Poverty? A Multilevel Analysis of Heterogeneity Within and Between Countries, Social Indicators Research
  • 2013, Perceptions of poverty attributions in Europe: a multilevel mixture model approach, Quality & Quantity

Thesis / Dissertation

  • 2018, Master, Development of ambivalent sexism and gender stereotypes among children and adolescents: effects on behavioral intention to stereotypic task divison
  • 2010, Master, Percepções das causas da pobreza na europa: uma aplicação de modelos multinível com classes latentes


  • 2017, Imigrantes desempregados em Portugal e os desafios das políticas ativas de emprego, 1, Ana Valente; António, J.; Correia, T.; Costa, L.P., Alto Comissariado para as Migrações (ACM)

Book chapter

  • 2012, Imigração Feminina: contacto e percepções de realidades diversas., Os imigrantes e a imigração aos olhos dos Portugueses: manifestações de preconceito e perspectivas sobre a inserção de imigrantes, Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian
  • 2012, Imigração Feminina: contacto e percepções de realidades diversas.
  • 2012, Caracterização da amostra, Os imigrantes e a imigração aos olhos dos Portugueses: manifestações de preconceito e perspectivas sobre a inserção de imigrantes, Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian
  • 2012, Caracterização da amostra

Newspaper article

  • 2024-02-07, Addressing climate change with behavioral science: A global intervention tournament in 63 countries, Science Advances


  • 2023-01-17, Systematic Review on Digital Literacy Predictors,

Conference paper

  • 2021, GBL for psychological intervention related skills: What challenges? What paths?
  • 2010-10-01, Modelos multinível com classes latentes: Uma aplicação às percepções das causas da pobreza na Europa.
  • 2006-11, Inclusão Social do Ex-Toxicodependente: Efeito do Rótulo na Avaliação, Aceitação e Confiança Interpessoal.

Conference poster

  • 2010-03-26, Modelos multinível com classes latentes: Um estudo de simulação.
  • 2010, Modelos multinível com classes latentes: Um estudo de simulação.

Other output

  • 2021-03-08, Development of social values in childhood and early adolescence: a systematic review
  • 2020-10, Projecto Piloto “Mecânica I faz a diferença!”: Estratégias de Comunicação no desenvolvimento de um modelo para a gestão de resíduos no IST. , Poster presented at the CCS2020: 2ª Conferência Campus Sustentável, Tomar, Portugal.
  • 2019, Of love, fear and pity: How to study relationally meaningful stereotype change
  • 2018, “Diz-me quem são as crianças pobres”. Desenvolvimento das perceções sobre classe social na infância
  • 2017, Why are children poor?: development of causal attributions of child poverty in childhood
  • 2017, Who are the poor children?: speeches and drawings about child poverty in childhood
  • 2017, Am I a poor child?: Development of social class self-categorization in childhood.
  • 2015, EpiReumaPt- the study of rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases in Portugal, Rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases (RMD) are prevalent and leading causes of disability and consumption of healthcare and social resources. EpiReumaPt is a national population-based survey developed by the Portuguese Society of Rheumatology that aimed to estimate the prevalence of RMDs and determine their impact on function, quality of life, mental health and use of healthcare resources. This


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