Since the early 1990s, UAlbany’s Counseling Psychology faculty and several psychology and education faculty at the University of Coimbra (Coimbra, Portugal) have enjoyed a mutually-enhancing relationship, which was formalized by both universities in 1994. Not only has there been a substantial research collaboration and numerous faculty and student visits across the Atlantic, but also we have jointly sponsored colloquia, a videoconference, and live conferences. One member of our faculty, Prof. Richard Haase, has sat on Coimbra dissertation committees, and two Coimbra faculty, Prof. Joaquim Armando Ferreira and Prof. Eduardo J. R. Santos, are adjunct faculty in the Counseling Psychology program at UAlbany.
In October, 2007, four UAlbany faculty and 15 PhD students traveled to Coimbra to co-host a large, three-day conference and workshops, entitled Counseling Psychology at the Crossroads. Many new alliances (and friendships) were formed among faculty and students, including initial discussions of a plan to allow UAlbany PhD students to take up to a year of comparable coursework in Coimbra (note: texts/tests are in English, Portuguese faculty speak English fluently). The photos below depict the city of Coimbra, the University (3rd oldest in Europe, dating from 1290), the cobblestoned streets of this college town, and some of the Albany posters and presentations from the October 2007 conference.