Mónica Taveira Pires is a Professor and the Scientific Coordinator of the master’s degree in Clinical and Counseling Psychology and Internships Coordinator at the Psychology Department of Universidade Autónoma de Lisboa, where teaches the subjects of Developmental Psychology; Educational Psychology/Psycho-pedagogy; and Internships Seminars. She received her Doctorate in Health Psychology at the University of Algarve (2010), the Post-graduation in Counseling/Diploma of Clinical Counselling at UAL/Portuguese Association of Person-Centered Psychotherapy and Counselling (APPCPC), the Graduation in Clinical Psychology at ISPA-Instituto Universitário – Ciências Psicológicas, Sociais e da Vida (2003) and a Bachelor Degree in Educational Sciences/Kindergarten Teaching at the Higher Education School João de Deus(1997). She is psychotherapist and trainer at the Portuguese APPCPC, specialized in play therapy with children, parenting counseling, couples and family psychotherapy. Her research work focuses on family studies, in understanding family functioning in different types and contexts such as intimate partners, parent-child relationships and its association with child development since early infancy, seeking to establish institutional and community partnerships in their implementation and development. Currently in two 2 research projects, 1) Family functioning, coparenting and child adjustment: A cross-cultural study, with families from Portuguese speaking countries (non-separated and separated/divorced with different child physical custody agreements); 2) Autonomous families: A tailored family-centered research & intervention, that seeks to understand low income multi-challenged families in social vulnerability contexts. She over 50 thesis/dissertations, published several book sections, articles in national and international journals, and is a reviewer for several scientific journals.