Oscar Goncalves

Professor and Chairperson
  • Department of Counseling and Applied Educational Psychology

Office: 404 INV
Phone: 617/373-8120


MA – Psychology, University of Porto, Portugal, 1981

EdD – School, Consulting and Counseling Program, University of Massachusetts, Amherst 1986

PhD Equivalence Degree – Counseling and Psychotherapy, University of Lisbon, Portugal 1987

DEA – Neurosciences PhD Program, University of Vigo, Spain, 2003


Licensed Psychologist – License # 242 – Ordem dos Psicólogos Portugueses (Portuguese Association of Psychologists)


Licensed psychotherapist and supervisor in cognitive-behavioral psychotherapy – Portuguese Association of Behavioral Therapy

Research Focus:

Interaction between neurocognitive markers and brain structure and functioning in developmental disorders, neurodegenerative diseases, and psychopathological processes.

Publications: (most recent 2010 – present))


Alves, J., Magalhães, R., Arantes, M., Cruz, S., Gonçalves, O. F, & Sampaio, A. (in press). Cognitive rehabilitation in a visual variant of Alzheimer's disease. Applied Neuropsychology: Adult

Petrosyan, A., Goncalves, O. F., Hsieh, I., and Saberi, K.  (in press). Improved functional abilities of the life-extended Drosophila mutant Methuselah are reversed at old age to below control levels. Age.

Sampaio, A. Soares, J., Coutinho, J., Sousa, N., & Gonçalves, O. F. (in press). The Big Five Default Brain: Functional Evidence. Brain Structure and Function.

Pinheiro, A.P., Liu, T., Nestor, P.G., McCarley, R.W., Gonçalves, O.F., & Niznikiewicz, M. (in press). Visual emotional information processing in male schizophrenia patients: combining ERP, clinical and behavioral evidence. Neuroscience Letters.

Alves, J., Soares, J. M., Sampaio, A. & Gonçalves, O. F. (in press). Posterior cortical atrophy and Alzheimer's disease: A meta-analytic review of neuropsychological and brain morphometry studies. Brain Imaging and Behavior.

Fidalgo, T. M., Morales-Quezada, J.L., Muzy, G.S.C., Chiavetta, N.M., Mendonca, M. E. , Santana, M.V.B. Gonçalves, O.F., Brunoni, A. R., Fregni, F., (in press). Biological Markers in Noninvasive Brain Stimulation Trials in Major Depressive Disorder. Journal of ECT.

Coutinho J., Sampaio A., Ferreira, M., Soares J. M, Gonçalves O.F. (in press) Brain Correlates of Pro-Social Personality Traits: A Voxel-Based Morphometry Study. Brain Imaging and Behavior.

Alves, J., Schwenk, T.L. , Gonçalves, O.F., & Petrosyan, A. (in press). Importance of web-based intervention in minimizing depressive symptoms and  associated stigma in depressed medical students. Revista Brasileira de Psiquiatria – RBP Psychiatry.

Alves, J., Magalhães, R., Thomas, R. E.,  Gonçalves, O. F., Petrosyan, A., & Sampaio, A. (2013). Is there evidence for cognitive intervention in Alzheimer's disease? A systematic review of efficacy, feasibility and cost-effectiveness. Alzheimer Disease & Associated Disorders, 27, 195-203.

Leite, J., Carvalho, S. , Fregni, F., Boggio, P.S., & Gonçalves, O.F. (2013). The effects of Cross hemispheric dorsolateral prefrontal-cortex transcranial direct-current stimulation (tDCS) on task switching. Brain Stimulation, 6, 660-667.

Pinheiro, A. P., del Re, E., Nestor, P., McCarley, R. W., Gonçalves, O. F., & Niznikiewicz, M. (2013).  Interactions between mood and the structure of semantic memory: Event-related potentials evidence. Social Cognitive & Affective Neuroscience, 8, 579-594.

Sampaio, A. , Osório, A., Fernández,M. , Carracedo, A., Garayzábal, E., Fernandes, C. Vasconcelos, C.,  &  Gonçalves, O. F. (2013). Correlación fenotipo neuroanatómico y neurocognitivo en el síndrome de Williams. Revista de investigación en Logopedia 3, 18-33.

Petrosyan, A., Gonçalves, O. F., Hsieh, I., Phillips, J. P., and Saberi, K. (2013). Enhanced optomotor efficiency by expression of the human gene superoxide dismutase primarily in Drosophila motorneurons.  Journal of Neurogenetics, 27, 59-67

Sampaio, A., Bouix, S. Sousa, N., Vasconcelos, C., Férnandez, M., Shenton, M.E. & Gonçalves, O.F. (2013). Morphometry of Corpus Callosum in Williams Syndrome: Shape as an Index of Neural Development. Brain Structure and Function, 218, 711–720

Pinheiro, A.P., del Re, E., Mezin, J., Nestor, P.G., Rauber, A., McCarley, R.W., Goncalves, O.F., & Niznikiewicz, M. (2013). Sensory-based and higher-order operations contribute to abnormal emotional prosody processing in schizophrenia: an electrophysiological investigation. Psychological Medicine, 43, 603-618.

Góis-Eanes, M., Gonçalves, O.F., Caldeira-da-Silva, P. & Sampaio, A. (2012). Biological and Physiological Markers of the Tactile Sensorial Processing in Healthy Newborns. Infant Mental Health Journal, 33, 535–542.

Carvalho S, Leite J, Galdo-Álvarez S, Gonçalves ÓF (2012). The Emotional Movie Database (EMDB): A Self-Report and Psychophysiological Study. Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback, 37, 279–294

Alves, J., Magalhães, R., Castiajo, P., Arantes, M.,  Sampaio, A. & Gonçalves, O. F. (2012). Domain-specific and generalization effects of cognitive intervention in diffuse axonal injury: a case report. Journal of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences, 24, E19-E20

Pinheiro, A. P., McCarley, R. W., Thompson, E., Gonçalves, O. F., & Niznikiewicz, M. (2012). From semantics to feelings: how do individuals with schizophrenia rate the emotional valence of words?. Schizophrenia Research and Treatment, 2012, ID 431823, 12 pages doi:10.1155/2012/431823

Leite, J., Carvalho,S., Galdo-Álvarez, S., Alves, J., Sampaio, A., & Gonçalves, O.F. (2012). Affective Picture Modulation: Valence, Arousal, Attention allocation and motivational significance. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 83, 375-381.

Osório, A., Cruz, R., Sampaio, A., Garayzábal, E., Martínez-Regueiro, R.,  Gonçalves, O.F., Carracedo, A., & Fernández-Prieto, M. (2012). How executive functions are related to intelligence in Williams syndrome. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 33, 1169–1175

Rossi, N. F., Heinze, E. G.,.Giacheti, C., G., Gonçalves, O. F., & Sampaio, A. (2012). Psycholinguistic Abilities of Children with Williams Syndrome. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 33, 819-824.

Garayzábal, E., Capó, M., Moruno, E., Gonçalves, O.F., Férnandez, M., Lens, M., & Sampaio, A. (2012). Uncommon Genetic Syndromes and Narrative Production – Case Reports with Williams, Smith-Magenis and Prader-Williams Syndromes. International Journal of Developmental Disabilities, 58, 48-65.

Carvalho S, Leite J, Galdo-Álvarez S, Gonçalves ÓF (2011) Psychophysiological Correlates of Sexually and Non-Sexually Motivated Attention to Film Clips in a Workload Task. PLoS ONE, 6(12), e29530.

Moreira P., Gonçalves, O.F. & Matias, C. (2011). Clients’ narratives in psychotherapy and therapist’s theoretical orientation: An exploratory analysis of Gloria’s narratives with Rogers, Ellis and Perls. Journal of Cognitive and Behavioral Psychotherapies, 11 (2), 173-190.

Capitão, L., Sampaio, A.,  Sampaio, C., Vasconcelos, C., Férnandez, M., Garayzábal, E., Shenton, M., & Gonçalves, O. F. (2011). MRI Amygdala Volume in Williams Syndrome. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 32, 2767-2772

Rossi, N. F., Sampaio, A., Gonçalves, O.F., Giachet. C. M (2011). Analysis of Speech Fluency in Williams Syndrome. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 32, 2957-2962

Leite, J. , Carvalho, S., Fregni, F., & Gonçalves, O. F. (2011). Task-specific effects of tDCS-induced cortical excitability changes on cognitive and motor sequence set shifting performance. PLoS ONE, 6(9), e24140.

Oliveira-Silva, P., Gonçalves, O. F. (2011). Responding empathically: a question of heart, not a question of skin. Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback, 36, 201-207

Gonçalves, O. F., Carvalho, S., Leite, J., Pocinho, F., Relvas, J., & Fregni, F (2011). Obsessive Compulsive Disorder as a functional interhemispheric imbalance at the thalamic level. Medical Hypotheses, 77, 445-447

Hsieh, I. H., Petrosyan, A., Gonçalves, O.F., Hickok, G., & Saberi, K. (2011). Observer weighting of interaural cues in positive and negative envelope slopes of 4 amplitude-modulated waveforms. Hearing Research, 277, 143-151.

Gonçalves, O. F., Pinheiro, A. P., Sampaio, A., Sousa, N., Férnandez, M.,  & Henriques, M. (2011). Autobiographical Narratives in Williams Syndrome: Structural, Process and Content Dimensions. Journal of Developmental and Physical Disabilities, 4, 289-302

Capitão, L., Sampaio, A., Prieto, M, Sousa, N., Pinheiro, A. & Gonçalves, O.F. (2011). Amygdala and prefrontal cortex in Williams Syndrome hypersociability: a neuropsychological study. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 32, 1169-1179.

Pinheiro, A. P., Galdo-Álvarez, S., Rauber, A., Sampaio, A., Niznikiewicz, M. Gonçalves, O. F. (2011). Abnormal processing of emotional prosody in Williams syndrome: An event-related potentials study. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 32(1), 133-147.

Fernandéz, M., Sampaio, A. , Lens, M. Carracedo, A., Gonçalves, O. F. (2011). Longitudinal assessment of narrative profile in a Williams Syndrome patient. British Journal of Developmental Disabilities, 57, (112), 95-103

Pinheiro, A. P., Soares, A. P., Comesaña, M., Niznikiewicz, M., & Gonçalves, O. F. (2010). Sentence-final word completion norms for European Portuguese children and adolescents. Behavior Research Methods, 42, 1022-1029.

Goncalves, O. F., Pinheiro, A.P., Sampaio, A., Sousa, N., Fernandez, M., & Henriques, M. (2010). The narrative profile in Williams syndrome: There is more to storytelling than just telling a story.  British Journal of Developmental Disabilities, 56(2), 89-109.

Hsieh, I. H., Petrosyan, A., Gonçalves, O.F., Hickok, G., & Saberi, K. (2010). Cross-modulation interference with lateralization of mixed-modulated waveforms. Journal of Speech Language and Hearing Research, 53(6), 1417-28.

Pinheiro, A. P., Galdo-Alvarez, S., Sampaio, A., Niznikiewicz, M. & Goncalves, O. F. (2010). Electrophysiological correlates of semantic processing in Williams syndrome. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 31(6), 1412-25.

Sampaio, A., Sousa, N., Férnandez, M., Vasconcelos, C., Shenton, M .E., & Gonçalves, O. F. (2010). Williams Syndrome and Memory: A Neuroanatomic and Cognitive Approach. Journal of Autism and Developmental disorders, 40(7), 870-877.

Gonçalves, O. F.,Marques, T. R., Lori, N. F., Sampaio, A., & Branco, M. C. (2010). Obsessive-compulsive disorder as a visual processing impairment. Medical Hypotheses, 74(1), 107-109.

Moreira, P., & Gonçalves, O. F. (2010), Therapist’s theoretical orientation and patients’ narrative. International Journal of Psychology and Psychological Therapy, 10(2) , 227-244

Book Chapters

Pinheiro, A. P., Niznikiewicz, M., & Gonçalves, O. F. (2012). Language processing in Williams syndrome: Insights from event-related potentials (pp.21-49). In S. Ojima, Y. Otsu, G. Thierry, and J. F. Connolly (Eds.), Future Trends in the Biology of Language. Tokyo: Keio University Press.

Carvalho S. C. R.; Leite, A.J., & Goncalves O. F. (2011). Uso da Neuromodulação no Transtorno Obsessivo Compulsivo. (Fregni F.; Boggio P.S.; Brunoni A., Eds.). In: Neuromodulacao terapeutica: principios e avancos da estimulacao cerebral nao invasiva na neurologia, reabilitacao, psiquiatria e neuropsicologia. (pp.282-302). Sao Paulo:Sarvier.

Leite A. J.; Carvalho S. C. R.; & Goncalves O. F. (2011). EEG e Potenciais Evocados Cognitivos na Neuromodulação. (Fregni F.; Boggio P.S.; Brunoni A., Eds.). In: Neuromodulacao terapeutica: principios e avancos da estimulacao cerebral nao invasiva na neurologia, reabilitacao, psiquiatria e neuropsicologia. (pp.477-503). Sao Paulo:Sarvier.


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