Dr. Maria Lucia Seidl-De-Moura

Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Fellow from the Brazilian National Research Council (CNPq) - Level 1A Maria Lucia Seidl-de-Moura is a full professor at the State University of Rio de Janeiro teaching undergraduate and at graduate school. She holds a Bachelor of Science’s degree in psychology from the State University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (1968), a MSc. degree in Educational Psychology from the University of Wisconsin – Madison, United States (1973), and a Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology from the Getulio Vargas Foundation – RJ, Brazil (1987). She did post-doctoral work at the University of São Paulo in evolutionary psychology and at The Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro in family studies. She is the coordinator of the area of psychology at the State of Rio de Janeiro Research Foundation (FAPERJ). Formerly, she has been the President of the National Association for the Graduate Studies and Research (ANPEPP), head of the psychology committee at Brazilian National Research Council (CNPq) and member of the National Committee for Evaluation of Graduate Programs in Psychology, from the Brazilian Ministry of Education. She was one of the founders of The Brazilian Association of Developmental Psychology and she has been a member of ISSBD for many years, participating at its Biennial Meetings in symposiums in 2000, 2004 (an invited one), 2006, 2008, and 2010. At other scientific conferences such as the one from the Interamerican Psychology Society, the Brazilian Psychology Society, the Association of Developmental Psychology and the Brazilian Society of the Advance of Science she has been invited to give addresses. She is a member of several Editorial Boards of Brazilian scientific psychology journals and has acted as a reviewer for most Brazilian journals in Psychology and the Interamerican Journal of Psychology, International Journal of Behavioral Development, International Journal on Personal Relationships, Infant Behavior and Development, Child Development and Parenting: Science and Practice. At the University she coordinates the research group Social Interaction and Development (http://www.desin.org) in which other professors, undergraduate and graduate students, and post doc fellows participate under her supervision. She develops studies on parental beliefs and practices, early mother-infant interactions, development of self, cooperation and altruism, under an evolutionary developmental psychology perspective. She has supervised 12 PhD Dissertations, and 25 Master’s Thesis, she has published nine books and 21 book chapters, besides more than 60 papers.

Fields of Research

Experience

Education

  • 1983 – 1987

    ISOP, FGV/RJ, Rio de Janeiro

    Graduate School in Psychology

Edited Books

  • Human Development - Different Perspectives

    Human development has different meanings depending on the area we focus on. To the psychologists it is the ontogenetic process of individual development. It considers systematic psychological changes that occur in human beings over the course of their life span. To sociologists and economists, among others, the main consideration is the macro-level of countries or regions and their development conditions related to human needs. Our book has two parts. The first one is entitled "Development in the ontogenesis" and it consists of three chapters whilst the second is "Human development: contextual factors", also including 3 chapters. Together, the two parts give the readers a panoramic view of very complex subjects and complement each other. Researchers of ontogenetic development cannot ignore that contextual factors are the basis of this process. On the other hand, social scientists worried about the macro variables need to remember that they are dealing with people, who are affected one way or another by those variables and whose development is the product of biology and culture.

  • Parenting in South American and African Contexts

    Parenting involves a set of values, beliefs and practices of child care that create a developmental context and vary from culture to culture. Studies about parenting are of fundamental importance to the understanding of human development. This book has nine chapters and it addresses parenting and child care in two South American countries (Brazil and Colombia) and four African ones (Cameroon, Ghana, Liberia and Nigeria). It aims at contributing to the knowledge about human development in contexts of the majority world, not often considered in the psychological literature. Besides bringing data from different countries, it focuses in diverse scenarios in Brazil. The data and discussions include mothers, fathers and grandmothers beliefs and/or practices, parental styles and intervention programs oriented to quality parental care.

Publications