Programa de Pós-Graduação em Psicologia

Instituto de Psicologia
Campus Gragoatá - Niterói/RJ

Area of Concentration / Line of Research


To consider that subjectivity is historically and culturally constituted today represents an important field of research in Psychology. In graduate studies, a critical and scientifically inventive reflection can be expected, capable of considering the complexity of the contemporary Brazilian social context, linking this reflection to the field of psychology. Our Graduate Psychology Program, with its area of concentration Studies of Subjectivity and its two lines of research – Clinic and Subjectivity; Subjectivity, Politics and Social Exclusion – well represents the topics researched by our professors and students. Our proposal focuses on a perspective aiming to overcome the traditional and sometimes ineffective divisions in the field of Psychology, such as the more general distinction between the theoretical and the applied, or those that delimit specialty domains, such as the separation between social psychology and clinical psychology, between the latter and work psychology, between the analysis of organizational behavior and worker health, to mention a few. In a transdisciplinary orientation, the program brings psychology closer to other disciplines in the social sciences, philosophy and the arts.

The Clinic and Subjectivity line focuses on themes related to the relationship between clinical interventions and modes of subjectivation, highlighting the following themes: (1) clinic and public health policies; (2) clinical-political interventions in the phenomenon of violence and, more specifically, human rights violations; (3) interfaces between philosophy, arts and clinic; (4) literature and subjectivity; (5) participatory research methodologies in investigating modes of subjectivation; and in work processes.

The Subjectivity, Politics and Social Exclusion line consists of projects related to the modes of subjectivation in their relations with (1) the reality of work in contemporary capitalism, highlighting the debate about the importance of the worker’s protagonism in the management of work and increase in the quality of life at work, in addition to other aspects related to the worker’s health; (2) the development of research methodologies and socioanalytic interventions; (3) research in the fields of health published in urban spaces and social movements; (4) sexuality and self-narratives; (5) the socio-educational system and public policies related to the area of the rights of children, adolescents and people with disabilities. With the entry of five new professors in this line of research at the end of 2015, new important topics emerged: 6) Afro-Brazilian practices, racialization and modes of subjectivation; 7) modes of subjectivation and school; 8) feminisms and modes of subjectivation; 9) studies on disability and subjectivation of people with disabilities. In the PGP concentration area, the two lines of research are distinguished, but connected, forming interfaces in the field of human rights, public policies, work processes and research methodologies that focus on participation and intervention (qualitative, participatory and intervention research).

After two decades of existence, the Psychology Graduate Program at UFF carried out, in 2018, its second curriculum reform. The first reform, in 2008, took place with the creation of the Doctorate course. The Curriculum Reform, completed in 2018, had been discussed and prepared by the Curriculum Reform Commission and by the program’s Collegiate since 2016. Initially, the objective was to meet the recommendations of the psychology field at CAPES, which had been pointing us to the outdated bibliographies of our subjects for a while. However, another purpose was added to this objective, which was to respond to ongoing changes in the program. The affirmative action policy has been including students with new profiles and research interests. In addition, new professors were accredited and also brought to the program new profiles and objects of study, in line with the new social claims made in the field of psychology, such as studies on Afro-indigenous subjectivity, studies on subjectivity in the field of disability, and studies on subjectivity and trans people. However, we can see that the emphasis on subjectivity studies continues to guide the research and studies, as well as intervention and teaching practices of the program. In light of the above, changes were made to the curricular structure of the PGP Masters and Doctoral courses, which are related to the bibliographies, now updated, and the course content, now in line to address the interface of subjectivity studies with the Afro-indigenous, trans and disability issues, besides maintaining the themes that had already organized the lines since the beginning of the program.


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