Alessandro Grecucci, Principal Investigator
Alessandro is the Principal investigator of the Clinical and Affective Neuroscience Lab. He currently works at DipSCo - Department of Cognitive Sciences and at CISMed - Center for Medical Sciences. He has a background in Cognitive Neuroscience and in Psychotherapy. His research interests combine these two fields, and range from the study of the brain mechanisms behind emotional processing, to the development of new treatment protocols to address psychological disorders (see also

Federica Meconi, Assistant Professor
Federica is an assistant professor at DipSCo - Department of Cognitive Sciences - and a Research Associate at the School of Psychology in the University of Birmingham. Her main research interest is on social neuroscience (human empathy and social cognition). In her work, she mainly investigates how past experiences influence interacting attitudes (see also 

Irene Messina, Associate Professor of Dynamic Psychology and Psychotherapist 
Irene is Associate Professor at Universitas Mercatorum (Rome, Italy). Moreover, she is Research Associate at the Department of Psychiatry III, University of Ulm (Germany). Her main research interests are affective neuroscience (neural correlates of emotion regulation, psychopathology and psychological treatments) and psychotherapy research.


Post Docs

Bianca MonachesiPost-Doc Researcher
Bianca is a postdoctoral fellow at the Department of Psychology and Cognitive Science, where she is currently involved in the investigation of neural correlates of sexual objectification. She obtained her PhD in Behavioral Neuroscience at the University of Rome Sapienza (Italy) working on the attentional effects of facial, socio-affective signals processing and on emotional processing and regulation. These topics have been investigated by means of behavioral, eye-tracking, autonomic, functional thermal imaging measures and non-invasive brain stimulation (tDCS).

Sara Sorella, PhD
Sara is a research fellow at the Department of Psychology and Cognitive Science, where she's just obtained her PhD. In the CLI.A.N. Lab, she had the chance to integrate her neuroscientific, clinical and mindfulness studies. She is interested in how emotions (anger in particular) are altered in different clinical disorders, and how these conditions can be improved by regulation strategies, especially with mindfulness-based treatments. She relies on neuroimaging methods (MRI) and brain stimulation techniques (tDCS).


PhD Students

Parisa Ahmadi Ghomroudi, 2nd year PhD student
Parisa is a first-year PhD student at the Clinical and Affective Neuroscience Lab. She has a background in Physics and Neuroimaging. Her main research interest is to better understand emotional processes in health and disease. Currently, her research focuses on investigating temporal and structural bases of acceptance and reappraisal using neuroimaging techniques such as fMRI and EEG.

Teresa Baggio, 1st year PhD student
Teresa is a first-year PhD student at the Department of Psychology and Cognitive Science. She has a background in Biology and Neuroscience and her research interests relies on anxiety disorders, in terms of neural basis, possible treatments and correlations with other psychopathologies. 
Such investigation is done with the use of neuroimaging and noninvasive brain stimulation techniques. 



Chiara Orsini
Chiara is a graduated Psychology Master student at University of Trento. Her main research interest is emotion processing in clinical groups, such as bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. She focused on the coordinate-based meta-analytic approach.


External collaborators

Gaia Lapomarda, Neuroscientist
Gaia is currently at the New York University of Abhu Dhabi. She deals with Personality Neuroscience, a new branch of affective neuroscience, investigating the mechanisms involved in emotion regulation in healthy and psychiatric populations. To do this, she relies on MRI and EEG techniques.  

Paola Feraco, Neuroradiologist
Paola is Neuroradiologist at Santa Chiara Hospital of Trento. Moreover she is currently completing her PhD in Oncology, Hematology and Pathology at University of Bologna in the field of advanced MRI techniques applies to brain tumors diagnosis. Her main research interests are in the field of diagnostic and advanced Neuroimaging (MR-Spectroscopy and  brain morphometry) applied to chronic pain, emotions and neurodegenerative diseases.

Roma Siugzdaite, Neuroscientist 
Roma is a Research Associate at MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit, University of Cambridge (United Kingdom). Her main research interests are: 1) to understand the mechanisms and principles of typically or atypically developing brain systems; 2) to identify the potential mechanism of resilience in children from low SES families.

Edoardo Pappaianni, Neuroscientist
Edoardo is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Department of Psychiatry, University of Geneva (Switzerland). His research interests cover affective and clinical neuroscience, as well as neuropsychology. He uses neuroimaging methods (MRI-fMRI-MRS) to study neural basis and biomarkers of psychiatric disorders such as eating and feeding disorders.

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