Guida Veiga, PhD
Hometown: Lisbon, Portugal
Guida's PhD research and other leisure activities and social-emotional competence or preschool age children and adolescents. During the course of the PhD project, Guida visited our lab on a regular basis (2011-2014) to exchange ideas on how to research and learn about new methodologies. On her visits, Guida also gives a lecture in the Bachelor's course 'Social and Emotional Development' on the importance of free play and other activities in children's and adolescents' emotional development. Guida is an invited assistant professor at University of Évora. She conducted her PhD project at the University of Lisbon, Faculty of Human Kinetics, co-supervised in Leiden by Professor Carolien Rieffe. Using her training as a psychomotor therapist, Guida examined the relationships between mental health problems and mental health problems. "I have always been amazed by the power of play in children's development, but there is a lack of research on how to contribute to adaptive social and emotional functioning."