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Nuno Barbosa Rocha

Research interests: neuromodulation; social cognition; empathy and theory of mind; mental illness (e.g., schizophrenia/psychosis, depression); stress and lifestyle.




Bio Sketch

Nuno Rocha is professor and vice-president of School of Health of Polytechnic of Porto (ESS | P. PORTO). He is senior researcher (integrated member) and vice-director of the Center for Rehabilitation Research, coordinator of the neurocognition group and member of the management board of the Clinical Training Unit of ESS | P. PORTO. He holds a PhD in Psychology from the Faculty of Psychology of the University of Porto with a dissertation about social cognition in schizophrenia (2012). His background is in rehabilitation (BSc in occupational therapy) and psychology (BSc and MSc), and he is a registered psychologist and occupational therapist. Main research interests are in cognitive and social dysfunctions in mental disorders and remediation, including behavioural and brain stimulation methods, as well as neurophysiological mechanisms underlying social cognition. N. Rocha has >70 publications in peer-review journals and has been involved in several clinical trials of cognitive and behavioural training methods for psychiatric and neurological disorders.











  • Rocha, N. B., Campos, C., Figueiredo, J. M., Saraiva, S., Almeida, C., Moreira, C., Pereira, G., Telles-Correia, D., & Roberts, D. (2021). Social cognition and interaction training for recent-onset schizophrenia: A preliminary randomized trial. Early Intervention in Psychiatry, 15(1):206-212.
  • Siddi, S., Ochoa, S., Laroi, F., Cella, M., Raballo, A., Saldivia, S., Quijada, Y., Laloyaux, J., Rocha, N. B., Lincoln, T. M., Schlier, B., Ntouros, E., Bozikas, V. P., Gaweda, L., Machado, S., Nardi, A. E., Rodante, D., Deshpande, S. N., Haro, J. M., & Preti, A. (2019). A Cross-National Investigation of Hallucination-Like Experiences in 10 Countries: The E-CLECTIC Study. Schizophrenia Bulletin, 45, S43-S55.
  • Lattari, E., Campos, C., Lamego, M. K., Legey, S., Neto, G. M., Rocha, N. B., Oliveira, A. J., Carpenter, C. S., & Machado, S. (2020). Can Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation Improve Muscle Power in Individuals with Advanced Weight-Training Experience? Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 34(1), 97-103.
  • Silva, V., Campos, C., Sa, A., Cavadas, M., Pinto, J., Simoes, P., Machado, S., Murillo-Rodriguez, E., & Barbosa-Rocha, N.(2017). Wii-based exercise program to improve physical fitness, motor proficiency and functional mobility in adults with Down syndrome. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, 61(8), 755-765.
  • Kurtz, M., Gagen, E., Rocha, N., Machado, S., & Penn, D. (2016). Comprehensive treatments for social cognitive deficits in schizophrenia: A critical review and effect-size analysis of controlled studies. Clinical Psychology Review, 43, 80-89.
  • Campos, C. Santos, S., Gagen, E., Machado, S., Rocha, S., Kurtz, M., & Rocha, N. (2016). Neuroplastic changes following social cognition training in schizophrenia: systematic review. Neuropsychology Review, 26(3), 310-328.
  • Fernandes, A., Coelho, T., Vitoria, A., Ferreira, A., Santos, R., Rocha, N., Fernandes, L., & Tavares, J. M. R. S. (2015). Standing balance in individuals with Parkinson's disease during single and dual-task conditions. Gait & Posture, 42(3), 323-328.
  • Rocha, N., Marques, A., Fortuna, R., Antunes, A. & Hoaken, P. (2014). Effectiveness of Cognitive Remediation for Female Inmates: A Pilot Study. Journal of Forensic Psychiatry & Psychology, 25(2), 224-237.
  • Rocha, N. & Queirós, C. (2013). Metacognitive and Social Cognition Training (MSCT) in Schizophrenia: A preliminary efficacy study. Schizophrenia Research, 150(1), 64-68.