Cecília Aguiar

Cecília Aguiar, PhD.

Cecília Aguiar is an assistant professor at ISCTE-IUL and a senior researcher at CIS-IUL. With background in developmental and educational psychology, she has both conducted and participated in research on ECEC quality and teacher practices in ECEC, focusing on children’s social outcomes (i.e., peer social interactions, networks, and relationships) and, especially, on the social participation of children with disabilities. Other research areas include adult-child interactions, early childhood special education, and early childhood intervention. Cecília Aguiar has been awarded several grants, all of which secured through competitive calls promoted by the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology, including a doctoral fellowship, two post-doctoral fellowships, and two Scientific Career Development Fellowships awarded to her as the principal investigator of two projects: “Enhancing peer relationships: Preschool teachers' ideas and practices” and “Enhancing social participation of preschoolers with disabilities”. She was a researcher in project FP7-SSH-2013-2: Curriculum Quality Analysis and Impact Review of European ECEC (project no. 613318).

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Cecília Aguiar
Departamento de Psicologia Social e das Organizações
Escola de Ciências Sociais e Humanas
ISCTE-Instituto Universitário de Lisboa
Avenida das Forças Armadas
1649-026 LISBOA Portugal


Ferreira, M., Aguiar, C., Correia, N., Fialho, M., & Pimentel, J. S. (2017). Social experiences of children with disabilities in Portuguese inclusive preschool settings. Journal of Early Intervention, 39(1), 33-50. doi: 10.1177/1053815116679414

Boavida, T., Aguiar, C., McWilliam, R. A., & Correia, N. (2016). Effects of an in-service training program using the Routines-Based Interview. Topics in Early Childhood Special Education, 36(2), 67-77. doi: 10.1177/0271121415604327

Pinto, A. I., Pessanha, M., & Aguiar, C. (2013). Effects of home environment and center-based child care quality on children’s language, communication, and literacy outcomes. Early Childhood Research Quarterly, 28, 94-101.

Aguiar, C., & McWilliam, R. A. (2013). Consistency of toddler engagement across two settings. Early Childhood Research Quarterly, 28, 102-110.

Barros, S., & Aguiar, C. (2010). Assessing the quality of Portuguese child care programs for toddlers. Early Childhood Research Quarterly, 25, 527-535. doi:10.1016/j.ecresq.2009.12.003