Andreia Costa is a Research Scientist working at the Institute for Health and Behaviour within the Behavioural and Cognitive Sciences Department of the University of Luxembourg.

She studied psychology at the University of Minho (Portugal) where she received her Master’s Degree in experimental psychology. She then worked in a centre for children with autism spectrum disorder using applied behaviour analysis therapy. In 2016 she completed her PhD entitled “Emotional Reactivity and Emotion Regulation in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder” under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Georges Steffgen at the University of Luxembourg. 

Since then Andreia has focused her research on autism spectrum disorder (ASD), in particular understanding which emotional difficulties people with ASD have, what are the causes of these difficulties, their consequences, as well as exploring possible solutions. Andreia was awarded a grant by the Luxembourg National Research Fund in 2019 (2020-2023; 397,000€ - C19/SC/13651499/ASA) to study the impact of emotions and multilingualism in the academic success of children with ASD.

Furthermore, she is implicated in improving the situation of autism in Luxembourg. In collaboration with local stakeholders and institutions dedicated to ASD, she is implementing guidelines to improve the care of people with ASD and their families.

Andreia serves as expert on the following topics:

  • Emotional ability in autism spectrum disorder
  • Alexithymia
  • Family dynamics in emotional ability
  • Emotional ability interventions

Current projects:


Research interests
Emotional ability
Family dynamics

Latest content Andreia Costa took part in

Behavioural & Cognitive Sciences
The influence of the physical environment on student satisfaction
Learning environments continuously evolve from beyond the mere physical to the digital space. However, research shows that the physical learning environment can positively affect students’ satisfaction and their general well-being. University of Luxembourg researchers Dr. Andreia Pinto Costa and Prof. Dr. Georges Steffgen explore how students’ satisfaction with their physical environment is connected to students’ satisfaction with their learning environment in the context of the move to a new modern campus.
Behavioural & Cognitive Sciences
How can emotions and multilingualism influence the school success of children with autism?
Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) tend to have poorer school results than their capacities would predict. Why is that? What can we do to tackle this problem? The ASA project aims to address these questions.