The research group Prejudice, Vulnerability and Psychosocial Processes belongs to the Post Graduation Program in Psychology of the Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio Grande do Sul (PUCRS), in Porto Alegre, Brazil. The group emphasizes studies about psychology of prejudice, mainly with social cognition and minority stress models, and its relations with psychosocial processes such as education and health. Furthermore, the PVPP Group aims to study how discrimination affects health and illness process, especially those related to mental health and STIs.

The research and intervention subjects are: studies about vulnerable populations regarding markers such as gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, race/ethnicity, migratory status, social class, among others; prejudice and discrimination assessment, instruments of research; systematic reviews; epidemiological and historical studies; and the use of experimental techniques in social psychology and health, with the use of vignettes

Research Topics

  • Assessment of social attitudes and the impacts on psychosocial processes
  • Development and assessment of interventions for attitude change
  • Vulnerability and health and illness processes


Coordinator: Prof. Angelo Brandelli Costa

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Doctoral Students

Juliana Ledur Stucky Currículo-Lattes
Ramiro Figueiredo Catelan Currículo-Lattes
Thais Blankenheim Currículo-Lattes
Kary Falcão
Anna Martha Vaitses Fontanari Currículo-Lattes

Master’s Students

Caroline Gonçalves Nascimento Currículo-Lattes
Fernando Martins de AzevedoCurrículo-Lattes
Ítala Raymundo Chinazzo Currículo-Lattes 
Jean Ícaro Pujol Vezzosi Currículo-Lattes
Marina Valentim Brasil  Currículo-Lattes

Undergraduate Assistants  

Alexandre Rodrigues Lucas Currículo-Lattes
Felipe Vilanova de Gois Andrade Currículo-Lattes
Gabriel Ibarra ZanellaCurrículo-Lattes
Letícia Pessoa da Silva Currículo-Lattes
Luciana Lemos Vianna Currículo-Lattes
Marina Feijó Currículo-Lattes


Sabrina Daiana Cúnico Currículo-Lattes
Ana Maria Bercht  Currículo-Lattes
Andressa Botton Currículo-Lattes
Nathalia Amaral Pereira de Souza Currículo-Lattes
Paola Fagundes Pase Currículo-Lattes
Hellena Bonocore Morais Currículo-Lattes

Contact us:

E-mail: angelo.costa@pucrs.br
Phone: (0 55 51) 3320.3500 – ex. 7745

Ipiranga Av. 6681
Post Graduation Program in Psychology
Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio Grande do Sul (PUCRS)
Building 11 – 9th Floor – Room 933
Porto Alegre/RS – Brazil
CEP 90619-900