Zira HICHY

Associate Professor of SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY [M-PSI/05]
Office: Via Biblioteca, 4-PALAZZO INGRASSIA, piano 1, stanza XIX
Email: z.hichy@unict.it
Phone: +39 095 2508069
Fax: +39 095 2508070
Office Hours: Tuesday and Thursday from 15:00 to 17:00


  • 2000: Laurea degree in Psychology, specializing in Work and Organizational (mark 110/110), University of Padova (Italy).
  • 2002: Qualification as Psychologist (occupational qualification), University of Padova (Italy).
  • 2005: Ph.D. in Personality and Social Psychology, University of Padova (Italy).
  • From 2005 to 2017: Assistant professor of Social Psychology at the Department of Educational Sciences, University of Catania.
  • 2015: Qualification as Associate Professor.
  • 2017: Qualification as Full Professor.
  • From 2018: Associate Professor of Social Psychology at the Department of Educational Sciences, University of Catania.

Last update, 12/06/2019


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  • Determinants of discrimination and prejudice. Influence of personality and psychosocial variables on discrimination and favoritism for the ingroup.
  • Theoretical models of behavioral intentions. Heuristic power of different models of intentions, in the field of health and consumer psychology. The models or theories investigated are: theory of reasoned action, theory of planned behavior and model of goal-directed behavior.
  • Commitment with organization and organizational behavior. Variables that determine the organizational commitment and the effects it has on certain behaviors of employees, such as altruism towards colleagues, burnout and turnover.
  • Reduction of prejudice. Validity of models derived from the contact hypothesis. The models analyzed are: the model of mutual intergroup differentiation, of the decategorization model, the common identity model and of dual identity model.
  • Acculturation processes. Acculturation orientation of Italian community in the interaction with immigrants and their determinants.
  • Methodological problems of psychosocial research. Detailed study of methods to verify hypothesis of mediation and moderation, measurement of social representations, validation of Italian versions of various measurement scales.
  • Values. Influence of values in various areas, such as immigration and politics.
  • Secularism of the state. Determinants and consequences of the desire to have a secular state.