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is currently Assistant Professor at the University of Verona, Italy, where she has been for the last ten years. She obtained her Ph.D. in Methodology of research in psychology in 2003 at the University of Genoa, Italy. She has been teaching Sport and Exercise Psychology
for ten years at the School of Sport Sciences, University of Genoa. In 2014 she won a Research Grant and she started collaborating with CeRiSM
(Centre of Research in Sport, Mountain and Health), University of Verona. From 2015 to 2019 she has been Research Fellow at the University of Verona.
She has published/in press several research articles and book chapters. Her research agenda has been on the understanding of the (1) motivational processes and prevention of early youth dropout from sports; (2) psychosocial benefits of sport and physical activity for patients and people with and without disabilities; (3) psychobiosocial (PBS) states and motivational processes in Physical Education; (4) psychological aspects in sport-injury recovery; (5) student-athlete dual career and career transitions; (6) enhancement of the attentive strategies and optimization of performance in endurance sports.
She was Research Partner of the co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union project Be a Winner In Elite Sport and Employment before and after athletic Retirement
), concluded in December 2018. The project was aimed at optimizing the employability and employment of active and former elite athletes. She is the Scientific Coordinator for the University of Verona Team of the co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union project Dual Careers for Mental Health
(DC4MH): this project will start in January 2021 and will end in December 2022. She is also the Scientific Coordinator of the co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union project Sport Without Stereotypes
(SWOST): this project will start in January 2021 and will end in December 2023.
Together with Federico Schena, since the academic year (a.y.) 2017/2018 she is the Scientific Director of the Academic Coach
project, a peer-tutorship project offered at the students-athletes of the University of Verona. From the a.y. 2020/2021 she is the Scientific Director of the new dual career program of the University of Verona. The project is promoted and implemented thanks to the coordination of the CUS Verona, the University Sports Committee of the University of Verona and the ESU Verona. The project is aimed at supporting the dual career of the students-athletes of the University of Verona.
Furthermore, she is currently the Editor for the Psicologia dello Sport e dell'Esercizio
(En. tr. Sport and Exercise Psychology), the new official journal of the Associazione Italiana Psicologia dello Sport e dell'esercizio
(AIPS, Italian Association of Sport and Exercise Psychology) (which replaced the Giornale Italiano di Psicologia dello Sport
She chaired the XXth AIPS 2014 National Congress
which has been held in Rovereto, Italy. She co-chaired the XXIth AIPS 2016 National Congress
which has been held in Bologna, Italy. From 2014 to 2016 she has been the National President of the Associazione Italiana Psicologia dello Sport e dell'esercizio
As Sport Psychologist she has been working with youth top-level athletes of different sports (i.e., Shooting Italian Olympic Youth National Team; Trentino' Junior Cross Country Skiing Team; Track and Field Youth National Team). She collaborates as Expert with the School of Sport of the Italian National Olympic Committee (CONI). Since 2019 she has a “Consultancy with training assignment” collaboration with the Italian Rugby Federation and the Italian Gymnastics Federation. Since 2017 she is responsible of the Center of studies of the Assist - the Italian Association of Female Athletes