Daniela Coimbra graduated with a degree in music education from the Porto Polytechnic Institute and gained her MA and PhD in music psychology from the University of Sheffield in the United Kingdom. Her PhD thesis examined young singers' preparation for performance and their subsequent assessment.
Daniela was a post-doctoral researcher at the Research Center for Science and Technology in Art (CITAR) at the Portuguese Catholic University, Porto. Her work, which was in collaboration with the Centre for Performance Science (Royal College of Music) and sponsored by a grant from the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology, focused on psychological and educational aspects of music practice and performance.
Since 2002, she has been a lecturer at the Superior School of Music, Porto Polytechnic Institute, teaching music psychology to students on the classical and jazz programmes. Her research interests include performance anxiety and assessment, creativity and personality, as well as trajectories of excellence in musical careers in Portugal. She is the president of the Scientific Council of Escola Superior de Música e das Artes do Espetáculo (ESMAE).