Silvia Helena Koller
is Brazilian and works as a Full Professor and Chair of the Center for Psychological Studies of At-Risk Populations in the Department of Psychology at the Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre, Brazil <www.ceprua.org>. Collaborator Professor at North West University, in Vanderbijlpark, South Africa. She was awarded as Honorary Professor at Universidad de Chiclayo and Universidad Autónoma del Peru, Peru, and as the 2010 the Society for Research on Adolescence (SRA) International Fellow and the 2010 Association of Psychological Societies Fellow. President of the Brazilian Association for Research and Graduate Studies in Psychology and of the Brazilian Society of Developmental Psychology. The Human Sciences Research Council and UNICEF consultant in Africa. Former Editor-in-chief of the Trends in Psychology, Interamerican Journal of Psychology and Psicologia: Reflexão e Crítica (Psychology) journals. Former Associate Editor of the International Journal of Behavioral Development (International Society for the Studies on Behavioural Development - ISSBD), and of the Child Development Abstracts & Bibliography (Society for Research in Child Development - SRCD). Ad hoc Representative of Latin America at the International Affairs Council. Executive Committee of the International Society for Research in Behavioral Development (ISSBD), and Society for Research on Adolescence (SRA). Member of the Scientific Committee of ISSBD Biennial Meetings (Belgium, Canada, Australia, Germany, Zambia, China and Lithuania). Her research focuses primarily on positive and ecological development and applied psychology, children’s rights, resilience, and prosocial moral development. Her papers have been published in several international and Brazilian journals. Jacobs Foundation, Kellogg Foundation, World Childhood Foundation (WCF), World Bank, Every Child and various Brazilian agencies have granted her research/intervention. She lectured at different universities around the world, such as North-West University (South Africa), University of Zurich (Switzerland), UIUC, UNL, UNC, and ASU (USA), Universidad del Valle, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Pontifical Universidad Católica Javeriana, and Universidad de Baranquilla (Colombia), Universidad San Marco, Pontifical Universidad Católica, Universidad Autónoma, and Universidad de Chiclayo (Peru), Pontifical Universidad Católica (Chile), and others. Her research team has been collaborating with researchers of the five continents. She participates in several outreach programs. She is also committed to building capacity among youth, and fostering young people’s awareness of their human rights, as well as programs for teachers and institution staff related to at risk youth.
Susana Núñez is graduated in Mathematical Education in the Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos, Perú, with a second speciality in Educational Psychology. She did her Master also in Education in Brazil, in the Universidade Federal do Paraná and then did her PhD. in Psychology in the Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul. She is currently working as a Researcher and Development Assistant in Pearson Brazil. Also, contributing as a research fellow at the CEP-Rua (Center for Psychological Studies). Her major interest of research are positive development and thriving during late adolescence and youth, particularly in topics such as identity development, goals and values, in Brazil and Latin America.