Isabel Soares

International scientific advisory board

Graduation and doctoral degree in Psychology, University of Porto, Portugal
Academic career: University of Porto, 1980-1999 - University of Minho: 2003-present

Full Professor of Psychology, School of Psychology, University of Minho, Portugal
President of the School of Psychology, University of Minho, Portugal
Coordinator of the Attachment Research Group/GEV University of Minho, Portugal

Main areas of interest: Developmental Psychopathology and Attachment
Current research is focused on (i) children’s attachment disordered behaviours using a multilevel approach considering GXE and the role of neural activity in distinct groups of children -institutionally reared, with autism disorder and with Williams Syndrome; (ii) the efficacy of the Video-feedback Intervention to Promote Positive Parenting and Sensitive Discipline (VIPP-SD) with high-risk mothers and their children.

Current teaching in the following courses: Developmental Psychopathology, MSc in Psychology; Clinical Psychology, MSc in Psychology; Attachment Studies, MSc and Doctoral Program in Applied Psychology.


  • Soares, I., Belsky, J., Mesquita, A., Osório, A., & Sampaio, A. (2013). Why Do Only Some Institutionalized Children Become Indiscriminately Friendly? Insights from the Study of Williams Syndrome. Child Development Perspectives, 7,3, 187-192.
  • Mesquita, A.R., Soares, I., Roisman, G.I., van IJzendoorn, M., Bakermans-Kranenburg, M., Luijk, M.P.C., Tiemeier, H., & Belsky, J., (2013). Predicting children’s attachment behaviors from the interaction between oxytocin and glucocorticoid receptors polymorphisms.  Psychiatry Research.
  • Martins, C., Belsky, J., Marques, S., Baptista, J., Silva, J., Mesquita, A., Castro, F., Sousa, N., & Soares, I. (2012). Diverse Physical Growth Trajectories in Institutionalized Portuguese Children below age 3: Relation to Child, Family, and Institutional Factors. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 38, 4, 438-448.doi: 10.1093/jpepsy/jss129
  • Oliveira, P., Soares, I. Martins, C., Silva, J., Marques, S., Baptista, J. ,& Lyons-Ruth, K. (2012), Attachment behavior in the Strange Situation among institutionalized toddlers and relations to pre-familial and institutional care. Infant Mental Health Journal, 33, 2, 187–196.
  • Dias, P., Soares, I., Klein, J., Cunha, J., & Roisman, G. (2011), Autonomic Correlates of Attachment Insecurity in a Sample of Women with Eating Disorders. Attachment and Human Development, 13, 2, 155-186.