Manuela Barreto, Ph.D., studied Work and Organizational Psychology at the University of Porto, Portugal and obtained her Ph.D. in Social Psychology in 2000 from the Free University, Amsterdam, the Netherlands. She subsequently worked at Leiden University and at the Lisbon University Institute (CIS-ISCTE/IUL). Since September 2011, Manuela has been a Full Professor of Social and Organizational Psychology at the University of Exeter, where she was Head of Psychology between 2017-2020. She was the President of the European Association of Social Psychology from 2014-2017 and is one of the Principal Investigators of the Wellcome Centre for Cultures and Environments of Health.
Manuela’s research focuses on marginalization, stigma, identity, and social relationships. For example, the focus of much of her current work is on the impact of prejudice and discrimination on well-being and social relationships. Manuela is also interested in loneliness across the lifespan, and the role of culture, identity, and stigma, in experiences of social (dis)connection.