She is Auxiliary Professor at the Faculty of Letters of the University of Coimbra; she was awarded a Doctorate in Applied Linguistics from the same university in 2004. She has done research in the areas of bilingualism, language contact, the acquisition and learning of a second language, metalinguistic development and psycholinguistic processing; she has also worked on the sociolinguistic situation of Mirandes. In recent years her research has been primarily from a psycholinguistic perspective, and she has collaborated with researchers in the areas of psychology and medicine in the construction and adaptation of evaluation instruments in neuropsychology. From her teaching practice, her interests are psycholinguistics, teaching Portuguese as a foreign language, phoenetics, Portuguese phonology and morphology. She is coordinator of the Master’s Degree in Portuguese as a Second and Foreign Language at the Faculty of Letters of the University of Coimbra, where between 2007 and 2009 she was scientific coordinator of the General and Applied Linguistics Studies Centre (CELGA: Unidade de I&D 287/FCT).