Rita Guerra

Rita Guerra, PhD.

Dr. Rita Guerra holds a PhD in Social Psychology and is currently a senior researcher at CIS-IUL. She has conducted research on intergroup relations among ethnic majority and minority groups, focusing on contact-based interventions to reduce prejudice among children. Recently she has been working on acculturation dynamics among immigrant children and its impact on well-being and school achievement. She was the PI of 3 research projects secured through competitive national calls by the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology and the European Fund for the Integration of Third Country Nationals). She has also been awarded several competitive grants, i.e., doctoral and post-doctoral fellowships, and two Scientific Career Development Fellowships awarded to her as the principal investigator of two projects: “How much do we need them? A functional intergroup perspective of assimilation and integration among different status groups” and “Narcissistic ingroup love in Europe: threat, identity indispensability and extreme forms of national identification”.


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University Institute of Lisbon – ISCTE-IUL
Lisboa, Portugal


Gaertner, S. L., Dovidio, J. F., Guerra, R., Hehman, E., & Saguy, T. (2016). A Common Ingroup Identity: Categorization, Identity, And Intergroup Relations. In T. Nelson (Ed.), Handbook of Prejudice, Stereotyping and Discrimination (2nd Edition) (pp. 433-454). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Guerra, R., Gaertner, S. L., António, R., & Deegan, M. (2015). Do we need them? When immigrant communities are perceived as indispensable to national identity or functioning of the host society. European Journal of Social Psychology, 45, 868–879.

Guerra, R., Rebelo, M., Monteiro, M. B, & Gaertner, S. L. (2013). Translating Recategorization Strategies into an Anti-bias Educational Intervention. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 43(1), 14-23.

Guerra, R., Rebelo, M., Monteiro, M. B., Riek, B., Mania, E., Gaertner, S. L., & Dovidio, J. (2010). How should intergroup contact be structured to reduce bias among majority and minority group children? Group Processes and Intergroup Relations, 13(4), 445-460.

Gaertner, S. L., Dovidio, J. F., Guerra, R., Rebelo, M., Monteiro, M. B., Houlette, M., & Riek, B. (2008). The Common Ingroup Identity Model: Applications to Adults and Children. In Levy, S. R. & Killen, M. (Eds.), Intergroup Relations: An integrative developmental and social psychological perspective (pp. 204-219). New York: Oxford University Press.