Associate Professor in the Psychology Department at UFSCar. She was the Coordinator of the Psychology Graduate Program at Universidade Federal de São Carlos (2017-2021), rated among the top Psychology graduate programs in Brazil by CAPES (level 6). Debora received a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (1993), a Master's degree (M.A.) in Social Psychology from Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (1997), a Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from The University of Texas at Austin (2004) and recently conducted post-doctoral research at the Institute of Child Development, University of Minnesota (2013-2014), with support from FAPESP. She was vice-coordinator of the Psychology undergraduate course at UFSCar (2007-2008), vice-coordinator of the Psychology graduate program (2016-2017), member of the Institute of Science and Technology on Behavior, Cognition and Teaching (INCT-ECCE) since 2014, and is currently Head of the Diffusion and Teaching Board at INCT-ECCE (2018-current). She is associate editor of Trends in Psychology (2012-current). In 2019, she coordinated the project CAPES School of Advanced Studies- children and adolescents at risk: ethical dimensions, intervention and scientific inovation. She was coordinator of the ANPEPP work group Sociocognitive and language development (2014-2016). She has research projects in collaboration with Dr. Melissa Koenig (ICD, UMN, EUA) and with Dr. Jessica Hay (UTK, EUA). Her main research interests are related to the study of social cognition and language development.
(Source: Lattes Curriculum)