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Emilly Schuch Martins will stay at BIGSSS as a visiting PhD fellow until the end of this year

We welcome Emilly Schuch Martins from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul in Brazil as a visiting PhD student at BIGSSS. Emilly will be at BIGSSS from July until the end of the year and will work closely with Klaus Boehnke on topics related to positive psychology and cross-cultural psychology.


Emilly, please tell us a bit more about yourself. Where are you from, where are you doing your PhD and what is it about?

My name is Emilly. I live in the city of Sapiranga, in the state of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. It's the most southern state in Brazil. In my state we had German and Italian immigrants, so we have a lot of influence from those cultures. Rio Grande do Sul is also known for "chimarrão". A typical hot drink that I love to drink. My other hobbies are being in contact with nature and travelling to meet different people and cultures.

I'm doing a PhD in Psychology at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS) under the supervision of Prof. Dra. Claudia Hofheinz Giacomoni. I received a scholarship from the Coordination for the Improvement of Higher Education Personnel (CAPES) - Brazil to spend 6 months at the Bremen International School of Social Science - Constructor University, under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Klaus Boehnke.

My doctoral thesis focuses on two research fields: Specifically, Positive Psychology and Cross-Cultural Psychology. The primary aim is to examine the correlation between Brazilian immigrants' acculturation measures and positive psychological functions, optimism, and hope. Moreover, the objective is to create and validate psycho-educational materials.


What would you like to work on during your time at BIGSSS and who do you plan to work with?

My objectives are to focus on the three empirical studies of my thesis and produce international publications. Furthermore, I aim to enhance my research skills by engaging in classes and courses. Additionally, I aspire to establish intercultural networks. Throughout my visit to BIGSSS, I I will be working together with and under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Klaus Boehnke.


What else are you looking forward to during your time at BIGSSS?

I'm looking forward to meeting individuals from diverse cultures and establish intercultural friendships. Moreover, I wish to enhance my proficiency in the English and German languages.


Thank you, Emilly! We look forward to having you with us and wish you a productive time at BIGSSS!

If you would like to discuss Positive Psychology and Intercultural Psychology with Emilly, or just drop by and say hello, you can find her in her office in the South Hall at Constructor University, or contact her by email.