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LUÍS MIGUEL NETO

LUÍS MIGUEL NETO

Co-Founder, Vice-President, Scientific Committee of the Portuguese Association on Positive Psychology

Luís Miguel Neto is presently ian Assistant Professor at Instituto Superior de Ciências Sociais e Politicas (School of Social and Political Sciences), University of Lisbon. He was a professor at Psychology School, Lisbon University for 29 years (1982 – 2011). He has received his EdD in Family Therapy from the University of Massachusetts, USA (1995) and he got a post-graduate degree on Systemic Family Therapy from Sevilla University in Spain (1996). At Lisbon University he was responsible, during ten years, for the SAFI – a Family and Individual Outpatient Clinic that served the community on a free-of-charge basis and was also a training center in Solutions-Oriented Brief Psychotherapy. He has collaborated with other Universities in Portugal and abroad, such as Open University, Minho University, Coimbra University, Catholic University of Lisbon, Madeira University, Azores University, Algarve University, Instituto Superior de Saúde de Alcoitão, Free University of Brussels, Salamanca University, Valladolid University in Spain, Palermo University in Argentina, St. Joseph University in Macao, North-West University in South Africa (where he is a Extraordinary Teacher). He was a researcher from the Centre of Estudos de Língua Tradicional/Center for the Studies of Traditional Language from Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas da Universidade Nova de Lisboa/New University of Lisbon, and currently he is a full member of the Center for Administration and Public Policy (CAPP), a Lisbon University Research Center, financially supported by Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia (Foundation for Science and Technology). He was an External Examiner for Luton University in the UK for five years, linked with the Kensington Consultation Centre, also in the UK. He has published in scientific journals, nationally and internationally, and co-authored 5 books on psychology for the general public. He has a frequent presence in the Portuguese media, in particular related with Systemic Family Therapy. He is a prolific speaker and has presented in the USA, Belgium, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Croatia, Spain, Germany, Hungary, Brazil, South Africa, Argentina, South Africa, Macao-China, and continually in Portugal, either for psychologists, or for professionals from health, education, organizational, and community arenas. He is a co-founder, vice-president and member of the Scientific Committee of the Portuguese Association on Positive Psychology/Associação Portuguesa de Estudos e Intervenções em Psicologia Positiva (APPEIP) and a member of the Board of Directors of the International Positive Psychology Association (IPPA). Together with Helena Marujo, he was a pioneer in introducing Positive Psychology, Appreciative Inquiry, Solution Focus Approaches, Developing Sense of Humor and the World Café methodologies in Portugal, applying them to an array of areas of research and intervention. He also co-developed curricula for teaching these areas at the university level. Recently he co-organized the 2nd Portuguese Positive Psychology Conference, on the theme of Positive Communities and Relational Goods: Co-constructing Felicitas Publica (Public Happiness); In 2010 he organized the 1st Portuguese Positive Psychology Conference, on the topic of Positive Nations. He co-edited a book on Positive Nations and Communities (Springer, 2013). Luis Miguel has also been working with corporations implementing training and intervention programs on positive psychology. Among many others, he was a speaker at TEDxOporto and TEDxUTL, and at the Positive Conference in Nova University where he helped launch the Project “Happy Clubs in Universities”. He was a member of the Scientific Commission of “Instituto da Felicidade/“Happiness Institute”. He is co-autor of the Portuguese site of Appreciative Inquiry (www.inqueritoapreciativo.com). He is a founding member of the ONG titled ANIME-SE (Associação Nacional de Incentivo, Modificação e Estudo da Saúde Emocional/National Association for the Promotion, Transformation and Study of Emotional Health)., and a reviewer for Revista Portuguesa de Psicologia/Portuguese Review on Psychology. He is also the Scientific Coordinator of the Executive Master on Applied Positive Psychology, the first and only in Portugal, that will open its 4th Cohort in 2015. He launched the project Contributions for Public Happiness, at Lisbon University, and also the Platform for Public Happiness, dedicated to research and optimize collective forms of happiness and Relational Goods.