March 2013. PhD in Social and Personality Psychology. University of Padua.

Thesis Title: Disentangling the role of different forms of contact: Effects on intergroup emotions, prejudice and outgroup humanization.

October 2008. Master in Social, Organizational, and Communication Psychology. University of Padua.

March 2006. Bachelor in Social Psychology. University of Trieste.


Research experience

From December 2021: Associate professor, University of Ferrara

From December 2018 to November 2021: Tenure track assistant professor, University of Ferrara

From April 2013 to November 2018: Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Lausanne

From September 2017 to November 2018: Research project PROFAN (experimental intervention based on cooperative learning aimed at improving the social competences of student in vocational high schools in France)

From December 2017 to July 2018: Research project “Life course in street level bureaucrats’ decisions”

From July 2015 to August 2017: Research project “The interplay of social norms and intergroup contact in understanding immigration attitudes in multicultural societies”

From April 2013 to June 2015: Research project “The dynamic nature of interethnic relations in Bulgaria”

From January 2010 to March 2013: PhD student (CARIPARO scholarship), University of Padua

From October 2011 to January 2012: Visiting scholar, Center for the Study of Group Processes, Kent University

From July 2009 to December 2009: Research fellow, University of Padua (scholarship from the Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale delle Venezie)

From January 2009 to December 2009: Internship, University of Padua


Teaching experience

2016-2017. Course “Diversité culturelle: recherches et enjeux sociaux”. University of Lausanne

2009-2010, 2010-2011. Seminar “Intergroup contact” University of Padua


Editorial activities

Ad-hoc referee for scientific journals, book chapters, research projects

Editorial board member of International Journal of Intercultural Relations; Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology; Revue Internationale de Psychologie Sociale/International Review of Social Psychology



Prize for the best poster presentation, Italian Association of Psychology Meeting (Chieti, 2012).


Main research interests

Social psychology of intergroup relations; prejudice reduction; intergroup contact; ethnic and cultural diversity; social identity; social norms; cooperative learning; pro-environmental behavior