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Institute of Psychology

Insitute of Psychology History

The course of Psychology at UFRGS began in 1973. It was created within the framework of the Institute of Philosophy and Humanities, organized by the Department of Psychology, and received recognition on June 28th, 1979. In 1996, the University Council approved the establishment of the Institute of Psychology, composed of three departments:

1. Psychology and Personality Development;

2. Institutional and Social Psychology;

3. Psychoanalysis and Psychopathology.

The current Dean of the Institute is Professor Cleci Maraschin, and the Vice Dean is Professor Analice Lima Palombini. The Institute has 36 faculty members, 31 of which have doctorate degrees, and 24 staff members.

Undergraduate programs

Degree in Psychology

Because of the diversity of theoretical and methodological approaches, practices and applications, a degree in psychology develops skills in training courses for psychologists and professors. It aims to ensure a field of knowledge and educational practices that empower the teaching of psychology in different contexts. Admission to the Bachelor of Psychology is done by a selection process called Extra-Vestibular. The Institute of Psychology offers twenty-five (25) places for annual admission. Course length: four semesters or two years.


The new curriculum of Psychology at UFRGS is divided into a common core of three emphases, which are organized in the production department of the Institute of Psychology. The characteristics of the area include: Human Development: Evaluation, Prevention and Intervention; Clinical Processes: Psychoanalysis and Psychopathology, Social Psychology and Public Policy. The student will choose two emphases, as areas of interest for further development. The professional trained in Psychology at UFRGS will be entitled to practice as a psychologist in all fields of activity (work, education, and health), but with special qualifications for the following areas: Clinic - Psychological Evaluation - Research - Institutions - Public Policy. Admission to the Psychology Course is determined by an entrance examination, and seventy (70) annual vacancies are provided (40 vacancies for the day term, and 30 seats for the evening term). Course Length: 10 semesters (five years) for the day term and 12 semesters (six years) for the evening course. The current workload is 4110 hours (274 credits).

Speech Therapy

The course was approved by the University Council in 2007, during a consortium held among the Faculty of Dental Sciences and the Institute of Psychology, by directors Professors Rui Vicente Oppermann and Cleci Maraschin. In October 2007, the first Undergraduate Commission, composed of teachers representing eight departments involved with the course, began its work under the coordination of Professors Maria Alice Parente and Carlos Eduardo Baraldi. They organized the college entrance examination that selected the first group of students. In February 2008, COMGRAD received the first registrations. The inaugural class of the course was taught by Professor Maria Alice Parente on March 10, 2008, in the presence of the directors Cleci Maraschin and Rui Oppermann, and by contract teachers and members of COMGRAD. In April of the same year, the first day of the course was attended by national and foreign guests. Social Service The Professional with a Social Service degree from the Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul will have a set of skills that assist in understanding the complexity of social dynamics, which will enable them to socially intervene from a political and ethical perspective.

Graduate Program in Psychology

The graduate program in psychology began with the Masters in 1988 and the Doctorate in 1995. To date, more than 315 master's theses and 95 doctoral theses have been presented. The assessment of PPG Psychology from CAPES, in the period 2004-2006, obtained the highest grade: 7, and likewise in the period of 2007-2010.

Graduate Program in Psychology, Social and Institutional

The Graduate Program in Social Psychology aims to enable teachers and researchers to produce knowledge concerning the processes of contemporary subjectivity. Social Psychology in the institutional respect marks the specific area of expertise and contribution of the program to the field of psychology. The so called Institutional Social Psychology aims to emphasize the interplay between science and social context as expressed in various institutional practices and discourses. The Masters degree in Social Psychology and the Institutional activities began in March 1998, with 150 teachers already graduated. The program was approved by CAPES on July 30, 2009, as an implementation of the Doctorate in Social and Institutional Psychology.



Extension Programs

1) Center for Student Support (NAE)

2) Center of Psychological Assessment, Selection and Evaluation Professional (CAP-SOP)

3) University of Third Age (UNITA)

4) Center for Psychological Studies of Street Boys and Girls (CEP-Rua)

5) Cognitive Studies Laboratory (LEC)



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