Santo DI NUOVO

Professor of GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY [M-PSI/01]
Office: Via Biblioteca, 4-PALAZZO INGRASSIA, piano 1, stanza XX
Email: s.dinuovo@unict.it
Phone: +390952508019
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Office Hours: Monday from 16:00 to 18:00 | Friday from 10:00 to 12:00


Born in Catania (Italy) June 3rd, 1950. Doct. Degree in Philosophy (Catania, 1972) and Psychology (Padua, 1976).

Full professor of Psychology at the University of Catania. Formerly (1990-1994) professor of Techniques of research and data analysis at the University of Palermo.

Teacher of Forensic Psychology (1st level degree of Sciences and techniques of Psychology); Psychology of cognitive and personality tests, Cognitive psychology and neurosciences (2nd level degree in Psychology)

President, Academy of Arts, Catania

President of AIP - Italian Association of Psychology (www.aipass.org)

1974- Research Fellow, 1981- Researcher in Psychology, University of Catania

1990- Full Professor at the Faculty of Education, University of Palermo, then since 1995 in the University of Catania.

From 1992 to 1995 Director of the Department of Psychology of Palermo; from 1995 to 1998 Director of the Institute of Psychological and Pedagogical Sciences at the University of Catania, from 2001 to 2006 Dean of the Faculty of Education, University of Catania, from 2007 to 2014 head of the degree in Psychology, from 2014-'15 Director of  the Department of Education.

Responsible for clinical service Counseling and guidance, University of Catania.

From 2005 to 2008 member of the Organizing Committee of the Free University of Central Sicily 'Kore' Enna, pro-rector and vicar of the University. He was also the coordinator of the Interuniversity Degree in Psychological Sciences and Techniques, based in Enna.

From 2010 to 2017 vice-president of the National Conference of Deans of Psychology faculties, now Academic Psychology Board.

Form 2017 President of AIP - Italian Association of Psychology

UPDATED 1-6-2019

Bibliometric information (updated 01.08.2019):

124 publications indicized in Scopus, total cites 684, h-index = 14 

320 publications indicized in Google Scholar, total cites 2351, h-index =25, i-10 index =73

 

Complete list of indicized publications, with full-text if available, in:

GOOGLE SCHOLAR: http://scholar.google.it/citations?user=Oa5zfhoAAAAJ&hl=it  

RESARCH-GATE www.researchgate.net/profile/Santo_Di_Nuovo/publications   

ACADEMIA.EDU https://unict.academia.edu/SantoDiNuovo 

 

Main recent publications (last 15 years):

  • Psychiatric pathology and mental retardation: a study using the Rorschach Inkblot Test (co-author with S. Buono, G. Colucci, A. Pellicciotta). Psychological Reports, 2004, 94 (pp. 1313-1321).
  • Book: Famiglie con figli disabili. Valori, crisi evolutiva, strategie di intervento (co-editor with S. Buono). CittàAperta , Troina 2004.
  • Stili attentivi e prestazione sportiva (co-author with M. Lipoma, D. Di Corrado, V. Perciavalle), Italian Journal of Sport Sciences, 2005, 22 (pp. 105-115).
  • Stress, adattamento interpersonale e prestazione sportiva (co-author with M. Lipoma, D. Di Corrado, V. Perciavalle), Italian Journal of Sport Sciences 2005, 22 (pp. 125-128).
  • Psychological stress measure in type 2 diabetes (co-author with G.M. Trovato, D. Catalano, G.F. Martines, D. Spadaro, D. Di Corrado, V. Crispi, G. Garufi), in European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences, 2006, 10, 69-74.
  • Book: La valutazione dell’attenzione: dalla ricerca sperimentale ai contesti applicativi (editor). F. Angeli, Milano 2006.
  • Book: Dalla formazione al lavoro. Ipotesi e strumenti di orientamento professionale (editor). ITER Institute for Training Education and Research, Giunti/OS, Firenze 2006.
  • Factor Analysis of Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale in Mentally Retarded persons, co-author with S. Buono, Psychological Reports, 2006, 99, 953-959.
  • Book: Metodologia della ricerca psicosociale, co-author with Z. Hichy, Il Mulino, Bologna 2007
  • Psychiatric syndromes comorbid co-author with Mental Retardation: differences in cognitive and adaptive skills, co-author with S. Buono, Journal of Psychiatric Research  Vol. 41, 9, 2007, pp. 795-800
  • Relationships between visual-motor and cognitive abilities in intellectual disabilities, co-author with F. Di Blasi, F. Elia, S. Buono, G. J. E. Ramakers, Perceptual and Motor Skills, 2007, 104, 763-772.
  • Book: Criminologia e psicologia penale, Bonanno, Acireale-Roma 2007.
  • Book: L’esame psicologico in campo giudiziario, co-author with A. Xibilia, Bonanno, Acireale-Roma 2007
  • Psychology with soft computing: An integrated approach and its applications, co-author with A.G. Di Nuovo, V. Catania, S. Buono, Applied Soft Computing 8, 2008 (pp. 829–837).
  • Misure diverse di intelligenza e di adattamento nella diagnosi del grado di Ritardo Mentale: un tentativo di sintesi, Life Span & Disability, vol. 10, 1, 2008, 195-213.
  • Emotional and motivational correlates of the Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale, co-author with S. S. Elastico, Bollettino di Psicologia Applicata - Applied Psychology Bulletin, 2008, 255, pp. 3-10.
  • Book: ‘Misurare’ la mente. Test cognitivi e di personalità. Laterza, Roma-Bari 2008
  • Funzioni cognitive e adattive nelle sindromi genetiche co-author with Disabilità Intellettiva (co-author with S. Buono), American Journal of Mental Retardation – ediz. Italiana, 2008, 6, 3, pp. 519-533
  • Book: Riscoprire i valori. Ricerche nel territorio siciliano. Città Aperta – Kore, Enna 2008.           
  • Educational agencies and choice of the sport  discipline in childhood (co-author with Coco M., Di Corrado D., Perciavalle VA., Toro A., Perciavalle V.), Italian Journal of Sport Sciences, 2008, 1, 53-57.
  • Il counseling nella scuola. Aspetti educativi e psicologici. CounselingGiornale Italiano di ricerca e applicazioni 2008, 1 (3), 295-314.
  • Variables and quantity: what else? Integrative Psychological and Behavioral Science, 2009, 43, 1, 84-88. 
  • Cosa significa “significativo”?  ovvero:  ci sono alternative all’ipotesi alternativa? Giornale Italiano di Psicologia, XXXVI (4), 2009, 921-933.
  • Feedforward artificial neural network to estimate IQ of mental retarded people form different psychometric instruments. (co-author with A. Di Nuovo, , S. Buono, V. Catania), Proceedings of International Joint Conference on Neural Networks, Atlanta, USA, June 14-19, 2009, Washington, IEEE Computer Society (pp. 690-696).
  • Cognitive profiles of genetic syndromes with Intellectual Disability (co-author with S. Buono). LifeSpan & Disability, 12 (1), 29-40, 2009.
  • Diagnosis of intellectual disability: comparison between clinical criteria and automatized procedures. ( co-author with S. Buono). LifeSpan & Disability, 12 (2), 151-159, 2009.
  • Metodi di valutazione dell’abuso sessuale sui minori: è ammissibile, ed è utile, il testing psicometrico? Maltrattamento e abuso all’infanzia. 11 (2), 33-46, 2009.
  • Research about research, as a psychologist views it. In: Research about Research. Essays in honour of Edgar Morin, edited by M. Maldonato e R. Pietrobon, Sussex Academic Press, Eastbourne 2009.
  • Comparison of different strategies suitable for data analysis. Applications to the search for personality correlates of Life Satisfaction. (, co-author with Z. Hichy, C. Pirrone)  TPM - Testing, Psychometrics, Methodology in Applied Psychology, 16, (4), 193-207, 2009.
  • L’orientamento degli interessi. Il Questionario di Interessi Professionali (QIP) ( co-author with G. Amenta, P. Magnano, S. Scaffidi), Bonanno, Acireale-Roma 2009.
  • Book: Giovani, valori, cittadinanza attiva (co-editor with R. D’Amico), CEDOC - Franco Angeli, Milano 2009.
  • Riparliamo di valori. Psicologia Sociale, IV (2), 203-206, 2009.
  • Valori, coscienza morale, legalità (co-author with P. Magnano). Nel Book: Giovani e legalità nelle realtà a rischio. Problemi e prospettive, eds A.M. Giannini e R. Sgalla, Carocci, Roma 2009 (pp. 39-53).
  • Back to phenomenology: an (old) new way for psychotherapy research. YIS - Yearbook of Idiographic Science, 2009, 2, pp. 173-179. ISBN: 9788865380109
  • Effects of Basic Human Values on Host Community Acculturation Orientations (co-author with I. Sapienza, Z. Hichy, M. Guarnera, ), International Journal of Psychology, 2010, 45, 4, pp. 311 – 319
  • Book: Elementare, Watson! Criteri e metodi per la ricerca e l’investigazione. Città Aperta Edizioni, Troina 2010.
  • Sostenere la genitorialità mancata: il counseling dall’infertilità all’adozione. In: Counseling. Giornale Italiano di ricerca e applicazioni, 2010, 3 (2), 135-154.
  • Il test delle macchie di Rorschach. In the book: I test di personalità: quantità e qualità (ed A. Granieri). 2nd edition. UTET-Libreria, Torino 2010 (pp. 131-189).
  • Estimating Spatial Position from Proprioceptive and Visual information: A Cognitive Robotics Model (co-author with Di Nuovo A.G., Marocco D., , Cangelosi A.). Tenth International Conference on Epigenetic Robotics. Örenäs Slott, Sweden, November 5-7. Published in: Johansson, B., Sahin, E., Balkenius, C. Modeling Cognitive Development in Robotic Systems. Proceedings of the Tenth International Conference on Epigenetic Robotics. Lund University Cognitive Studies, 149. Lund, Sweden 2010. SBN 978-91-977-380-9-5.
  • Valori nel contesto italiano. Misurazione e differenze ascrivibili a variabili socio-demografiche ( co-author with Z. Hichy e C. Pirrone). In the book I valori nell’Italia contemporanea., eds G. V. Caprara, E. Scabini, P. Steca, S. H. Schwartz. Franco Angeli, Milano 2011 (pp. 322-350).
  • In cammino verso nuove realtà: metafora e immaginazione. In the book  ‘Fenomenologia della scoperta’ (ed. M. Maldonato), Bruno Mondadori, Milano 2011 (pp. 17-26).   ISBN 978-88-861595484
  • Book: L’incontro con l’altro: migrazioni e culture familiari. Strumenti per il lavoro psicologico (Editor, with M. L. Gennari). Franco Angeli, Milano 2011.
  • Valori e sport (co-author with D. Di Corrado), in the Book: Psicologia dello sport (ed. F. Lucidi), L.E.D., Milano 2011 (pp. 45-60).
  • Behavioral phenotypes of genetic syndromes with Mental Retardation: comparison of adaptive profiles ( co-author with S. Buono), Psychiatry Research  2011, 189, pp. 440-445.
  • Assessment psicometrico nelle diverse forme di demenza (co-author with S. Castellano) Life Span & Disability - Ciclo evolutivo e disabilità,  XIV, 1 (2011), 109-138.
  • Some core questions about “A thinking of the South”. In: Para un pensamiento do Sul. Dialogos com Edgar Morin (editorial coord. F. Silveiro). Rio de Janeiro: SESC Departamento Nacional, 2011 (pp. 160-164). ISBN 978-85-89336-57-4
  • A Neural Network model for spatial mental imagery investigation: A study with the humanoid robot platform iCub (co-author with Alessandro Di Nuovo, Davide Marocco, and Angelo Cangelosi). Proceedings of the IEEE International Joint Conference on Neural Networks, San Jose, California, July 31 - August 5, 2011.
  • Families with autistic children (co-author with G. Azzara), Rivista Studi Familiari, special issue «Disability and the Family» 2011, n. 2, pp. 25-38.
  • Valori, norme e comportamento altruistico. In the book Altruismo e comportamento prosociale: temi e prospettive a confronto, eds S. Boca , C. Scaffidi, ed. Franco Angeli, Milano, 2011 (pp. 158-170). ISBN 978-88-568-3796-4
  • L’etica della psicoterapia. Nel Book: L’universo ritrovato. Relazione e creatività, ed. F. Testa, Bonanno, Acireale-Roma 2011 (pp. 169-177). ISBN 978-88-779-6821-0
  • Book: Responsabilità penale e complessità. Il diritto penale di fronte alle altre scienze sociali: Colpevolezza, imputabilità, pericolosità sociale. (Co-author with S. Aleo). Giuffrè, Milano, 2011. ISBN: 978-88-14-16331-6
  • Il paradosso dell’intelligenza: definire per misurare, misurare per definire… Giornale Italiano di Psicologia, XXXVIII (2), 2011, 309-314.
  • La repressione delle memorie: una ricerca sperimentale (co-author with D. Conti, ). Formazione Psichiatrica, 2-3, 2011, 65-79.
  • An agent-based infrastructure for monitoring aviation pilot's situation awareness (co-author with Di Nuovo, A. G., Cannavo’, R. B., ), IEEE SSCI 2011 - Series on Computational Intelligence –IEEE Symposium on Intelligent Agents, 2011, 47-53.
  • An intelligent infrastructure for in-flight situation awareness of aviation pilots, (co-author with Di Nuovo, A. G., Cannavo’, R. B., ), Lecture Notes in Computer Science (subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics), LNAI 6780, 2011, 598-607
  • Book: L’analisi funzionale dello stress: dalla clinica alla psicologia applicata, co-author with L. Rispoli, Linea Test / F. Angeli, Milano 2011.
  • Speaking about therapists… old questions and some answers derived from empirical evidence. Research in Psychotherapy: Psychopathology, Process and Outcome, 2011, 14, No 2, 52-75
  • Differences in achievement not in intelligence in the North and South of Italy: Comments on Lynn (2010; 2010a) (co-author with A. D'Amico; M. Cardaci; ; J. A. Naglieri), Learning and Individual Differences, 2012, 22 (1), 128-132.  
  • Technology-based programs to support forms of leisure engagement and communication for persons with multiple disabilities: Two single-case studies. (Lancioni, G., Singh, N., O'Reilly, M., Green, V., Oliva, D., Buonocunto, F., Sacco, V., Biancardi, E., ) Developmental Neurorehabilitation, 2012
  • Self-injury in people with intellectual disability and epilepsy: a matched controlled study (co-author with S. Buono, F. Scannella, M. B. Palmigiano, M. Elia, M. Kerr, ) Seizure: European Journal of Epilepsy, 2012, 21 (3), 160-164.
  • Physical activity and cognitive stimulation in patients with Alzheimer disease. The GAIA project: a pilot study (co-author with Maci T., F. Le Pira, G. Quattrocchi, , V. Perciavalle, M. Zappia) American Journal of Alzheimers Disease & Other Dementias, 2012, 27 (2), 107-113
  • L’orientamento e il tutorato come antidoto del ritardo e dell’insuccesso negli studi universitari, Giornale Italiano di Psicologia dell’Orientamento - GIPO, 2011, 12 (3), 3-18.
  • IQ Estimation of Mental Retarded People from Different Psychometric Instruments using Artificial Neural Network (A. Di Nuovo, , S. Buono, V. Catania), Artificial Intelligence in Medicine,  2012, 54 (2), 135-145.
  • Adozione e affidamento familiare. In: Manuale di Psicologia giuridica minorile, ed. P. Patrizi, Carocci, Roma, 2012 (pp. 161-176). ISBN: 978-88-430-6583-7
  • Simulazione del Mental Imagery nelle prestazioni motorie (co-author with A. G. Di Nuovo, A. Cangelosi, D. Marocco). In the book L’arte del movimento, eds H. Gundlach, E. Pérez-Córdoba, M. Sinatra, G. Tanucci, Pensa Multimedia, Lecce (pp. 149-161) ISBN 978-88-8232-712-5
  • Mental Imagery: What are we talking about really? (co-author with V. M. De la Cruz, A. G. Di Nuovo, ), Proceedings 9th Annual Meeting of the Associazione Italiana di Scienze Cognitive (AISC), eds. Marco Cruciani e Federico Cecconi, University of Trento (pp. 348-353). ISBN 978-88-8443-452-4
  • Dall’invecchiamento normale a quello patologico: indicatori di Mild Cognitive Impairment e strumenti per rilevarli ( co-author with S. Castellano) Life Span and Disability – Ciclo Evolutivo e Disabilità, 2012, XV (2) 247-269  
  • Book: Il  diritto e la mente (co-author with A. Xibilia) Euno, Leonforte 2012. ISBN 978-88-97085-66-9
  • Preferenze verso corsi universitari e scelte di “ripiego”: conseguenze sul rendimento accademico ( co-author with S. Castellano, I. Sapienza), Topologik - Rivista Internazionale di Scienze Filosofiche, Pedagogiche e Sociali, 2012, 12, pp. 152-168.
  • La ricerca della “prova” nell’abuso sessuale sui minori e il ruolo della psicologia: nodi critici emersi nella seconda revisione della Carta di Noto (co-author with A. Xibilia). Maltrattamento e abuso all’infanzia, 14, 1, 2012, pp. 93-104.
  • Rethinking inclusion and its conditions: a reply to Giangreco, Doyle & Suter (2012) Life Span and Disability2012, XV (2) 75-83.
  • Motivation and personality traits for choosing religious tourism. A research on the case of Medjugorje (co-author with C. Scaffidi) Current Issues in Tourism, 2013, DOI:10.1080/13683500.2012.749844
  • Book: Competenze trasversali e scelte formative. Strumenti per valutare metacognizione, motivazione, interessi e abilità sociali nella continuità tra livelli scolastici ( co-author with P. Magnano), Erickson, Trento 2013. ISBN 978-88-590-0154-6
  • Autonomous learning in humanoid robotics through mental imagery (co-author with A. Di Nuovo,  D. Marocco, A. Cangelosi) Neural Networks , 2013, 41, 147-155.
  • Per una rilevanza dello studio empirico del cambiamento: quali tecniche di analisi dei dati? Psicologia Sociale 2013, 8 (1), pp. 151-169.
  • FACES-IV reliability and validity in an adult Italian sample (co-author with Loriedo C., Visani E.), Life Innovation, Minneapolis. Published online March, 2013 in http://www.facesiv.com/ DOI: 10.13140/2.1.1866.1447.
  • Role of the Transforming-Growth-Factor-b1 gene in late-onset Alzheimer’s disease: implications for treatment (co-author with Bosco P., Ferri R., Salluzzo M.G., Castellano S., Signorelli M., Nicoletti F., , Drago F., Caraci F.), Current Genomics, 2013, 14, pp. 147-156.
  • Searching for disease-modifying drugs in Alzheimer’s disease: can we combine neuropsychological tools with biological markers? (co-author with F. Caraci, S. Castellano, S. Salomone,  F. Drago, P. Bosco, ) CNS & Neurological Disorders Drug Targets, 2013, 12.
  • Effects of treatment on reading skills in children with Borderline Intellectual Functioning (co-author with F. Di Blasi, E. Savelli, M. Zingale, S. Buono, ) International Journal on Disability and Human Development, 2013, 12, 4, 1-8.
  • BookDeterioramento cognitivo: forme, diagnosi e intervento, co-editor with R. Vianello, F. Angeli, Milano, 2013. ISBN 978-8820456306
  • Variabili connesse al successo scolastico e competenze di auto-orientamento: un contributo di ricerca (co-author with P. Magnano) GIPO Giornale Italiano di Psicologia dell’Orientamento, 2013, 14/1, pp. 21-29.
  • Detecting domestic violence: Italian validation of Revised Conflict Tactics Scale (CTS-2), co-author with M.S. Signorelli, E. Arcidiacono, G. Musumeci, , E. Aguglia, Journal of Family Violence 2013, 29, 4.
  • Making fingers and words count in a cognitive robot (co-author with V. M. De La Cruz, A. Di Nuovo, A. Cangelosi) Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience, 2014, 8, 13, pp. 1-12.
  • The iCub learns numbers: An embodied cognition study (co-author with A. Di Nuovo, V. M. De La Cruz, A. Cangelosi), presented at the 2014 International Joint Conference on Neural Networks, published in Conference proceedings IEEE-IJCNN 2014.
  • Mental Imagery: rehabilitation through simulation (Di Nuovo S., con V. De La Cruz, D.Conti, S. Buono, A. Di Nuovo) Life Span and Disability, XVII, 1 (2014), 89-118.
  • Book: Bisogni Educativi Speciali: il Funzionamento Intellettivo Limite o Borderline (Vianello R., Di Nuovo S., S. Lanfranchi), Junior, Bergamo 2014.
  • BookIl Faces IV. Il modello circonflesso di Olson nella clinica e nella ricerca, Prefazione di David H. Olson (E. Visani, Di Nuovo S., C. Loriedo) F. Angeli, Milano 2014.
  • Book Mental Imagery Test (Di Nuovo S., M. Guarnera e S. Castellano), Hogrefe, Firenze 2014.
  • Book Prigionieri delle neuroscienze? Giunti, Firenze 2014 (Prize De Sanctis 2015).
  • Somatopsychic correlates and quality of life of the dialyzed patient: A cross-sectional study (De Pasquale C., Pistorio M.L., Lauretta I., Fatuzzo P., Fornaro M., Conti D., Di Nuovo S., Sinagra N., Giaquinta A., Zerbo D., Veroux M.) Transplantation Proceedings, 2014, 46, 2199-2202.
  • Imagery in healthy and in cognitively impaired aging (Di Nuovo S., M. Guarnera, S. Castellano), Clinical Gerontologist 2014, 38, 2, 103-113  
  • Il disturbo di acquisto compulsivo: validazione di uno strumento di assessment (Varveri L. e Di Nuovo S.,), Psicologia di Comunità, 2014, 10 (1), 27-45.
  • Can playing and imagining aid in Learning Mathematics? An experimental study of the relationships among Building-Block Play, Mental Imagery, and Arithmetic Skills, (Pirrone C. e Di Nuovo S.,), Applied Psychology Bulletin, 2014, LXII, 271, 30-39
  • Il mental imagery nell’anziano: quanto incide sul funzionamento cognitivo generale? (M. Guarnera, S. Castellano, Di Nuovo S.,) Ricerche di Psicologia, 2014, XXXVII, 1, 145-156.
  • O badaniach w psychologii: Publikacja, ocena, zapobieganie patologiom nauki / On research in psychology: publication, evaluation, prevention of pathologies of science. Annals of Psychology/Roczniki Psychologiczne 2014, XVII, 3, 609-613.  
  • Benefits of Fuzzy Logic in the Assessment of Intellectual Disability (A. Di Nuovo, S. Di Nuovo, S. Buono, V. Cutello), 2014 IEEE International Conference Bejing 2014, Fuzzy Systems (FUZZ-IEEE), pp. 1843-1850. 
  • Bisogni educativi speciali e neuroscienze, I problemi della pedagogia, 2014, LX, 2, pp. 245-258.
  • Uso della robotica per stimolare l’imitazione nell’Autismo. Uno studio pilota. ( Conti D., Di Nuovo S., Buono S., Trubia G., Di Nuovo A.) NEA-SCIENCE - Giornale Italiano di neuroscienze, psicologia e riabilitazione, 2015, 1, 5, pp. 91-98 (ISSN 2282-6009)
  • Le reti neurali possono aiutare la statistica in situazioni ‘difficili’? (Di Nuovo S., D. Di Corrado, M. Guarnera, S. Castellano, A. Di Nuovo) In Le scienze cognitive a confronto: oltre i confini della teoria (a cura di G. Airenti, M. Cruciani, S. Di Nuovo, P. Perconti, A. Plebe) ed. Corisco, Roma-Messina, 2015 pp. 187-197 ISBN: 978-88-98138-12-8
  • The Orthopaedic Rehabilitation of balance: An experimental study on the role of mental imagery and emotional variables (Di Nuovo S., G. Santoro, M. Vasta, S. Russo) Mediterranean Journal of Clinical Psychology, 2015, 3, 1 pp. 1-16 Doi: 10.6092/2282-1619/2015.3.1053
  • Social and pragmatic impairments in individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder. A lack of Theory of Mind? (A. Passanisi, Di Nuovo S.,) Life Span and Disability 2015, XVIII, 1, pp. 75-99
  • Dita e parole per contare: come un robot cognitivo tira le somme ( V. M. De La Cruz, A. Di Nuovo, Di Nuovo S.,) Sistemi Intelligenti 2015, XXVII, 1, pp. 41-59 (Best paper Award AISC)
  • Use of robotics to stimulate imitation in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder: A pilot study in a clinical setting. Con Conti D., Di Nuovo S., Buono S., Trubia G., Di Nuovo A., Proceedings of the 24th IEEE International Symposium on Robot and Human Interactive Communication (IEEE RO-MAN), Aug 31-Sept 3, Kobe, Japan, 2015 (pp.1-6).
  • Book: Psicologia in Sicilia. Figure, opere, momenti (a cura di Maria Sinatra e Di Nuovo S.,), Bonanno, Acireale-Roma 2015.
  • Formazione e professione: rette parallele o convergenti? Ricerche di Psicologia, 2015, XXXVIII, 4.
  • Learning Potential in Mathematics through Imagination and Manipulation of Building Blocks ( Pirrone C., Nicolosi A., Passanisi A., Di Nuovo S.,), Mediterranean Journal of Social Sciences, 2015, 6 (4), 152-159. 
  • Book: Vita artificiale, vita naturale. Tecniche di simulazione e applicazioni educative e cliniche. (a cura di Di Nuovo S., A. Cangelosi). Ed. Franco Angeli, Milano 2015. ISBN: 9788891714329
  • Inclusive education in Italy: description and reflections on full inclusion (Anastasiou, D., Kauffman, J. M., Di Nuovo S.,), European Journal of Special Needs 30 (4), 429-433.
  • P.A.I. Personality Assessment Inventory di L. Morey - Adattamento italiano ( A. Zennaro, Di Nuovo S., A. Lis, C. Mazzeschi, M. Fulcheri), ed. Hogrefe, Firenze 2015.
  • Time processing skills in typical and impaired development (Di Nuovo S., Belluardo G., Belluardo D., Castiglia D., Fanzone M., Granata S., Notti A.) Life Span and Disability, 2015, XVIII, 2, 233-248.
  • The evaluative research as a bridge between science and profession, International Journal of Developmental and Educational Psychology / INFAD Revista de Psicología, 2016, 28, 1-2. pp:117-122.
  • Lateral specialization in unilateral spatial neglect: a cognitive robotics model (ti D., Di Nuovo S., Cangelosi A., Di Nuovo A.) Cognitive Processing, 2016, 17, 2.
  • Robots in education and care of children with developmental disabilities: a study on acceptance by experienced and future professionals (Conti D., Di Nuovo S., Buono S., Di Nuovo A.) International Journal of Social Robotics, 2017, 9, pp. 51-62 .
  • Siblings’ perceptions in Autism Spectrum Disorder compared with Intellectual Disability and Typical Development ( Trubia G., Buono S., Panerai S., Zingale M., Passanisi A., Pirrone C., Di Nuovo S.,), Clinical Neuropsychiatry, 2016, 13, 2, 10-16.   
  • Validation of the Rational and Experiential Multimodal Inventory in the Italian context ( L. Monacis, V. de Palo, Di Nuovo S., M. Sinatra) Psychological Reports 2016, 119 (1), pp. 242-262.
  • An inflammatory and trophic disconnect biomarker profile revealed in Down syndrome plasma: relation to cognitive decline and longitudinal evaluation ( M. F. Iulita, A. Ower, R. Pentz, P. Gubert, C. Barone, C. Romano, R. A. Cantarella, F. Elia, S. Buono, M. Recupero, C. Romano, S. Castellano, P.Bosco, Di Nuovo S., F. Drago, F. Caraci, and A. C. Cuello) Alzheimer's and Dementia, 2016, 12
  • Validity indices of the Rorschach test and Personality Assessment Inventory: a comparison in pathological and healthy subjects (Di Nuovo S., S. Castellano) Mediterranean Journal of Clinical Psychology, 2016, 4 (2), pp.1-20.
  • Ossitocina: un regolatore per tutte le emozioni? (Di Nuovo S., A. Zagara), Annali F. Scienze della Formazione 2016, 15, 3-17.
  • Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors and Serotonin and Noradrenaline Reuptake Inhibitors improve cognitive function in partial responders depressed patients: results from a prospective observational cohort study, (S. Castellano, A. Ventimiglia Sr, S. Salomone, A. Ventimiglia Jr, S. De Vivo, M.S. Signorelli, E. Bellelli, M. Santagati, R.A. Cantarella, E. Fazio, E. Aguglia, F. Drago, Di Nuovo S., F. Caraci), CNS & Neurological Disorders - Drug Targets 2016, 15 (10): 1290-1298.
  • A Neuro-Fuzzy approach to identify a hierarchical fuzzy system for modelling aviation pilot Attention (Di Nuovo, A., Cannavó, R., Di Nuovo S., Trecca, G., Ravecca, F.) IEEE International Conference on Fuzzy Systems, FUZZ-IEEE 2016, art. no. 7737664, pp. 32-37.
  • Functional stress and alteration of the ocular surface in subjects video display terminal (VDT), (Chisari E.M., Lo Castro T., Grasso A., Chisari C.G., Di Nuovo S., Chisari G.) Acta Medica Mediterranea, 2016, 32, pp. 1577-1584.
  • Functional stress and microbiota eye in subjects with type 2 diabetes: a multifactorial approach, (Chisari E.M., Chisari C.G., Di Nuovo S., Chisari G.) Acta Medica Mediterranea, 2017, 33, pp. 9-16.
  • e-book Simulare la mente. Intelligenza artificiale e robot nella vita quotidiana (Cangelosi A. e Di Nuovo S.,) Giunti, Firenze 2017.
  • Validation of the Italian version of the Mindfulness Organizing Scale in organizational contexts ( Magnano P., Platania S., Ramaci T., Santisi G., Di Nuovo S.,), TPM Testing Psychometric Methodology in Applied Psychology, 24, 1, 2017, pp. 1-20.
  • A Comparison of Kindergarten Storytelling by Human and Humanoid Robot with Different Social Behavior (ti D., Di Nuovo A., Cirasa C., & Di Nuovo S.,). 2017, In Proceedings of the 2017 ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction (pp. 97-98)
  • Robots as post-humans: some issues about artificial life (Di Nuovo S., D. Conti), in: Posthuman. Consciousness and Pathic Engagement (ed. M. Maldonato & P.A. Masullo), Sussex Academic Press, Brighton - UK & Portland - US 2017 (pp. 7-20).
  • The acceptability of the artificial: the attitude toward post-human (D.Conti, A. Di Nuovo, Di Nuovo S.,) in: Posthuman. Consciousness and Pathic Engagement (ed. M. Maldonato & P.A. Masullo), Sussex Academic Press, Brighton - UK & Portland - US 2017 (pp. 76-84).
  • Reason and emotion: a neuro-scientific perspective, in: Reason and no-reason: from ancient philosophy to modern neurosciences (ed. L. Cardullo & F. Coniglione) Academia Verlag, Sankt Augustin 2017 (pp. 231-242).
  • Le abilità di time processing nei Bisogni Educativi Speciali (Di Nuovo S., Belluardo G., Belluardo D., Castiglia D., Fanzone M., Granata S., Notti A.), Psicologia Clinica dello Sviluppo, 2017, XXI, 1, pp. 121-141
  • Stile attributivo, rappresentazione dell'intelligenza e obiettivi di apprendimento in ragazzi con Funzionamento Intellettivo Borderline (Amata T., Di Blasi F.D., Cantagallo C., Costanzo A.A., Finocchiaro M., Zuccarello R., Di Nuovo S., Buono S.) Psicologia Clinica dello Sviluppo 2017, XXI, 2, pp. 291-307
  • FACES-IV standardization in an adult Italian sample – updating 2017 (Loriedo C., Visani E., Di Nuovo S.,), Life Innovation, Minneapolis. Published online April, 2017 in http://www.facesiv.com/
  • Embodied Mental Imagery in Cognitive Robots (Di Nuovo A., Marocco D., Di Nuovo S., Cangelosi A.) Chapter in Handbook of Model-Based Science, edited by L. Magnani & T. Bertolotti, Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2017 (Chapter 28, pp. 619-637)
  • Decisional Procrastination in Academic Settings: The Role of Metacognitions and Learning Strategies (De Palo V, Monacis L, Miceli S., Sinatra M., Di Nuovo S.,) Frontiers in Psychology, 2017, 8, 973. 
  • The use of Autism Mental Status Exam in an Italian sample. A brief report, (M. Zingale, S. Panerai, S. Buono, G. Trubia, M. Elia, Di Nuovo S.,), Life Span and Disability, XX, 1 (2017), 93-103. 
  • Comparison of the CBA-H and SF-36 for the screening of the psychological and behavioural variables in chronic dialysis patients (C. De Pasquale, D. Conti, M.L. Pistorio, P. Fatuzzo, M. Veroux, Di Nuovo S.,) PLoS ONE, 2017, 12 (6): e0180077. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0180077
  • Correlati di personalità della tendenza allo shopping compulsivo (S. Platania, S. Castellano, G. Santisi, Di Nuovo S.,), Giornale Italiano di Psicologia, 2017, XLIV, 1, pp. 137-155.
  • Associations of Thalassemia Major and satisfaction with quality of life: The mediating effect of social support (Silvia Platania, Stefania Gruttadauria, Giulia Citelli, Loris Giambrone, Di Nuovo S.), Health Psychology Open2017 (2): 1–9  
  • Relazioni fra Mental Imagery e fattori di intelligenza: una verifica sperimentale. (Di Nuovo S., Anita Angelica, Giulia Santoro) Annali della facoltà di Scienze della formazione Università degli studi di Catania, 2017, 16, pp. 3-17.
  • A comparison between motivations and personality traits in religious tourists and cruise ship tourists (Scaffidi Abbate, C., Di Nuovo S., Garro, M.) Turkish Online Journal of Educational Technology, Special Issue 2017, pp. 23-31. ISSN: 2146 – 7242
  • Frammentata o molteplice? Prospettive della formazione e della professione in psicologica. Giornale Italiano di Psicologia, 2017, XLIV, pp. 607-611.
  • Variabili socio-demografiche, sanitarie e psicologiche dello stress lavorativo. (Giuseppe Santisi, Elena Commodari, Maria Anna Coniglio, Concetta Pirrone, Silvia Platania, Di Nuovo S.,) Annali della facoltà di Scienze della formazione Università degli studi di Catania, 2017, 16, pp. 57-77
  • The influence of building block play on mathematics achievement and logical and divergent thinking in Italian primary school mathematics classes (cetta Pirrone, Christopher H. Tienken, Tatiana Pagano, Di Nuovo S.,). The Educational Forum2018, 82: 1–19. DOI: 10.1080/00131725.2018.1379581
  • Do personality traits and self-regulatory processes affect decision-making tendencies? (Miceli, S., Depalo, V., Monacis, L., Di Nuovo S., Sinatra, M.) Australian Journal of Psychology, 2018, 70 (3), pp. 284-293.
  • Psychometric Properties of the Italian Version of the Personality Assessment Inventory (PAI). (Pignolo C., Di Nuovo S., Fulcheri M., Lis A., Mazzeschi C., Zennaro A.) Psychological Assessment, 2018
  • Evaluation of a Robot-Assisted Therapy for Children with Autism and Intellectual Disability. (Conti D., Trubia G., Buono S., Di Nuovo, S., Di Nuovo, A.) In Giuliani M., Assaf T., Giannacchini M. (eds) Towards autonomous robotic systems. TAROS 2018, Lecture Notes in Computer Science, 2018, vol. 10965 p. 405-415. Cham: Springer DOI:
  • Toddlers’ Spontaneous Reactions to Inequality in Distributive Actions (A. Geraci, Di Nuovo S.,), Journal of Child & Adolescent Behavior, 6, 4, 2018
  • Tecnologie basate sull'Intelligenza Artificiale: problemi aperti e spazi per la ricerca psicologica. Giornale Italiano di Psicologia 2018, XLV, 1, 113-118.
  • Il contributo metodologico della Developmental Robotics alla psicologia. (D. Conti, S. Di Nuovo, A. Cangelosi) Ricerche di Psicologia, 2018, 41, (2), 221-239.
  • Understatement of Olfactory Evoked-Related Potentials as cue in Mild Cognitive Impairment (Sara Invitto, Giulia Piraino, Marcella Caggiula, Laura Carmillo, Vincenzo Ciccarese, Giorgio Trianni, Giuseppe Nicolardi, Di Nuovo S., Michela Balconi, Frontiers Aging Neuroscience, 10, 272.
  • Intelligence and Mental Imagery in Intellectual Disability (Di Nuovo S., Anita Angelica, Giulia Santoro, Silvia Platania) Mediterranean Journal of Clinical Psychology, 6 (2), 2018, pp. 1-17.
  • Per una classificazione dei saperi e una 'manutenzione' dei sistemi formativi relativi alla psicologia: alcune riflessioni sulle criticità attuali e sulle possibili alternative (Di Nuovo S., Cassibba L.). Giornale Italiano di Psicologia, XLV, n. 2, 2018, 265-278.
  • Intelligenza emotiva: competenza cognitiva o costrutto di personalità?  (La Rosa L., Di Nuovo S.,) Annali della facoltà di Scienze della formazione Università degli studi di Catania, 2018, 17, pp. 3-24.
  • La valutazione soggettiva del benessere: uno studio di validazione e di confronto interculturale (Tomasi S., Di Nuovo S.,) Annali della facoltà di Scienze della formazione Università degli studi di Catania, 2018, 17, pp. 25-40.
  • Book: Alunni speciali, bisogni speciali. Interventi psicologici per i BES. Il Mulino, Bologna 2018    
  • Measuring intellectual impairment in adults. A comparison between WAIS-IV and Montreal Cognitive Assessment (MoCA) (Di Nuovo S., Angelica A., Santoro G.)  Life Span and Disability XXI, 2018 (2), pp. 165-176.
  • Deep learning systems for estimating visual attention in robot-assisted therapy of children with autism and intellectual disability (Alessandro Di Nuovo, Daniela Conti, Grazia Trubia, Serafino Buono, Di Nuovo S.,) Robotics 2018, 7, 25.
  • Adapting robot-assisted therapy of children with autism and different levels of intellectual disability: A preliminary study (Daniela Conti, Alessandro Di Nuovo, Grazia Trubia, Serafino Buono, Di Nuovo S.,) 13th Annual ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human Robot Interaction, HRI 2018; Chicago (pp. 91-92).
  • A Social Robot for Cognitive Assessment (Varrasi, S. Di Nuovo S.,. Conti, D. Di Nuovo, A.) 13th Annual ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human Robot Interaction, HRI 2018; Chicago (pp. 269-270).
  • Psoriasis: Evaluation of depression in patients treated with biological drugs (Petralia, MC., Castellano, S., Coco, M., Fassari, R., Platania, S.; De Pasquale, R., Di Nuovo S.,), International Journal of Molecular Medicine, 2018, 42: S29
  • Role of lactic acid on cognitive functions (M. Coco, D. Di Corrado, T. Ramaci, Di Nuovo S.,. Vi. Perciavalle, A. Puglisi, P. Cavallari, M. Bellomo, A. Buscemi), The Physician and Sports Medicine, 2018, doi.org/10.1080/00913847.2018.1557025
  • “Riparliamo di epistemologia e metodi in psicologia clinica”, “La scientificità della psicologia giuridica” Chapters of the book “L’epistemologia della psicologia clinica”, edite by S. Blasi, ed. Fioriti, Roma 2018 (pp. 55-74; 94-110)
  • Monismo, Dualismo, Pluralismo? La difficile spiegazione del senso di colpa (E non solo...) Giornale Italiano di Psicologia, 2018, 45(3), pp. 549-553
  • Hanno ancora valore le «parole» nelle diagnosi della mente? Giornale Italiano di Psicologia, 2018, 45(4), pp. 843-848
  • Quale stress è lavoro-correlato? Alcune riflessioni metodologiche. Giornale Italiano di Psicologia, 2019, 46 (1-2), 101-106
  • Formazione e aiuto alla valutazione e alla ricerca psicopedagogica. In: Lo psicologo scolastico. Competenze e aree di intervento, a cura di Cesare Cornoldi e Luisa Molinari, Il Mulino, Bologna 2019 (pp. 137-157)
  • Social Robots as Psychometric Tools for Cognitive Assessment: A Pilot Test (Varrasi S., Di Nuovo S., Conti D., Di Nuovo A.), in: Ficuciello F., Ruggiero F., Finzi A. (eds) Human Friendly Robotics. Springer Proceedings in Advanced Robotics, vol 7. Springer, Cham 2019 (pp. 99-112). doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-89327-3_8
  • “Robot, tell me a tale!”: A social robot as tool for teachers in kindergarten (Daniela Conti, Carla Cirasa, Di Nuovo S.,; Alessandro Di Nuovo), Interaction Studies, 2019, IS-18024R1.
  • Personality and dissociative experiences in smartphone users (Concetta De Pasquale, Federica Sciacca, Daniela Conti, Carmela Dinaro & Di Nuovo S.,) Life Span and Disability 2019, XXII, 1, 129-146
  • Kindergarten children attitude towards humanoid robots: what is the effect of the first experience? (Daniela Conti, Alessandro Di Nuovo, Di Nuovo S.,), ACM-IEEE International Conference on Human Robot Interaction2019 10.1109/HRI.2019.8673204
  • EEG Abnormalities as a Neurophysiological Biomarker of Severity in Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Pilot Cohort Study. (Nicotera A.G, Hagerman R.J., Catania M.V., Buono S., Di Nuovo S., Liprino E.M., Stracuzzi E., Giusto S., Di Vita G., Musumeci S.A. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 2019 doi: 10.1007/s10803-019-03908-2.
  • Self-Perceived Employability and Meaningful Work: The Mediating Role of Courage on Quality of Life (P. Magnano, G. Santisi, A. Zammitti, R. Zarbo, Di Nuovo S.,) Sustainability 2019, 11(3), 764.
  • A Study of the Comprehensive State Hope Scale in Italian Culture (Paola Magnano, Di Nuovo S., Anthony Scioli, Donatella Di Corrado), TPM - Testing, Psychometry and Methodology, 2019, 26 (2)
  • Personality traits and athletic young adults (Coco, M., Guerrera, C.S., Di Corrado, D., Ramaci, T., Maci, T., Pellerone, M., Santisi, G., Minissale, C., Di Nuovo S.,  Perciavalle, V., Buscemi, A.) Sport Sciences for Health, 2019, 15, 2,  pp. 435-441
  • Internet Addiction Prevalence and Relationship with Loneliness and Social Phobia in a Sample of Southern Italian High School Students from Rural Area (Signorelli MS., Geraci A., Concerto C., Sinatra S., Romano MV., Di Nuovo S., Crea L. and Aguglia E.) Addiction & Drug Abuse, 1(1): 000102.
Academic Year  


Insegnamenti tenuti presso altri dipartimenti nell'anno accademico 2019/2020

General objectives of the research

A common goal of many of the studies conducted since 1974 in different fields of psychology - basic cognitive functions, disability, training and orientation, clinical and legal environment - is the identification and modification of some factors that interfere with an adequate cognitive, interpersonal and social-psychological functioning.

In particular, the studies concerned the rigidity in the various aspects concerning the attentional and perceptive areas and the emotional one, the social perception, the personal mentality, the concept of self and the identity in situations of normality, psychic pathology, mental retardation, and handicap.

Within the general objective a methodological goal is articulated (for the variables in question, finding or developing techniques useful for a reliable assessment), and an applicative aim, i. e.  preparing and verifying methods to increase the impairment of competencies and modify maladaptive cognitive styles, and experimentally verify their effectiveness.

From an applicative point of view, the most recent research interest concerns the methods of integration between experimentation and psychological intervention, and the methodologies and techniques of data analysis with particular reference to the evaluation of the effects of the interventions through a meta-analytical approach. The latter was the subject of the multicenter research project on "Evaluation of psychological therapies" coordinated with clinicians and researchers of different theoretical and methodological orientations.

The overall project of ongoing research involves a review of methods, assessment techniques, data analysis and results generalization strategies, aiming at making them congruent with an epistemology that takes into account the complexity emerging from the themes and different fields of study currently privileged: not only the normal and pathological personality and psychotherapy, but also the handicap and rehabilitation, social and legal psychology, neurosciences, and their applications (for example, robotics in the clinical-rehabilitation field). From all these sectors, different from each other but sharing the need to adopt a perspective of complexity and not of linear causality, conclusions are drawn for the development of more adequate methodological research plans and related tools.

International cooperation

  • Participation in international research projects within the Society for Psychotherapy Research, translating and adapting psychodiagnostic tools for the assessment of psychotherapy for Italy (prof. Elliott, prof. Olson).
  • Collaboration in international research on psychological factors of innovation with Duke University, U.S.A. (prof. Pietrobon).
  • Participation in research projects on cognitive psychology with the City University of London (Prof. Hampton).
  • Participation in international research projects on robotics and cognitive sciences with the University of Plymouth, U.K. (Prof. Cangelosi) and the University of Sheffield (U.K.) - As part of this collaboration, a Neuro-Cognitive Robotics Laboratory was established at the Psychology Section of the Department of Educational Sciences.
  • Participation in an international research project on Hope State and Trait Scale with Keen State College in Boston (prof. Anthony Scioli)

 

Experience in coordination and evaluation of research

  • Responsible for research projects funded by the C.N.R.
  • Coordinator of research units in numerous national funded research projects (CoFin, PRIN).
  • Referee of the CIVR (2005), and evaluator of PRIN projects, on behalf of the Ministry of University and Research.
  • Collaboration with the CNVSU (national center for the evaluation, Ministry of University and Research) for the assessment of risk factors in University courses (2009).
  • Referee for the VQR (2016), on behalf of the ANVUR (National Agency for the evaluation of University and Research)
  • Member of the ANVUR workgroup for the formulation of the TECO-D tests (disciplinary competency tests) for psychology.

Experiences in innovation and technology transfer

  • Collaboration with the IRCCS 'Oasi' di Troina, specialized in research on disability and brain involution, for the development of a tele-assistance system (Oasi-Net project), funded by the Ministry of Health.
  • As head of the Guidance and Psychological Counseling Center of the University of Catania, he contributed to creating an evaluation and orientation system for high school and university students through a platform accessible online from remote locations throughout the territory (RiusiNet project).
  • He is currently working on a project for the application of knowledge on the psychometric assessment of attention in the training of aeronautical pilots through simulation systems, in collaboration with leading companies in the sector at an international level and with the Italian Navy.
  • Collaboration in the development of psychodiagnostic tools concerning motivation and job satisfaction with the Italian Army Selection Center (Foligno).
  • Managing leader of an agreement with Rete Ferrovie Italiane (Italian Railways) for the evaluation of cognitive tests (on attention, perception, memory) for driving personnel.  Registered with the Board of medical and psychological consultants of the Health Directorate of R.F.I.

The publications resulting from the research activities described here are reported in the appropriate section.

Prizes and awards

2011 - International Award 'William James' (International Science Week, University of Matera)

2014 - Best paper Award - AISC (Italian Association of Cognitive Sciences)

2015 - Prize 'Sancte De Sanctis' for scientific publications, for the book “Prigionieri delle neuroscienze?” published by Giunti, Florence.

2016 - 'Akadèmon' literary prize, scientific section, for production on Science and Art.

2017 - Award of the Italian-American Association of Psychology (IAPS) as Distinguished Italian Psychologist

2019 - 'Pierre Janet' Award, Phenomena Conference, Naples.

 

Scientific assignments

Co-editor of the international Journal LifeSpan and Disability (indic. Scopus)

Member of the Scientific or Advisory Committee of the Journals:

Minori Giustizia - Psichiatria e Psicoterapia – Psicologia di Comunità - Psicoterapia Cognitiva e Comportamentale - Ricerche di Psicologia - TPM Testing, Psychometrics, Methodology - Research in Psychotherapy: Psychopathology, Process, and Outcome

Referee for  International Journals:

Journal of Adult Development, Addictive Behaviors, Applied Neuropsychology, Child Development, European Journal of School Psychology, Frontiers in Psychology, Learning and Individual Differences, Conceptual and Motor Skills, Psychological Reports, International Journal of Humanities and Social Science Research , Journal of Forensic Psychiatry and Psychology, International Journal of Psychological Research, Integrative Psychological and Behavioral Science, PlosOne, Research in Developmental Disabilities, Scandinavian Journal of Psychology, Quality and Quantity

Member of the teaching board of the Doctorate in Neuroscience, University of Catania (-2017)

Member of the teaching board of the Doctorate in Interpretation Sciences, University of Catania (2017-)

Member of the board of tutors and professors of the Scuola Superiore (High School) of the University of Catania.

Member of the scientific committee of the inter-university or inter-faculty research centers:

  • Interuniversity Center for research on Genesis and Development of Prosocial and Antisocial Motivations (University of Rome "La Sapienza", Milan Catholic, Padua, Turin, Florence, Naples, Catania)
  • "Mind in Sport Team" Interuniversity Center (IUSM of Rome, University of Rome "La Sapienza", Trieste, Cagliari, Catania)
  • Interfaculty Center for the Law of Minors and Families (Faculty of Law, Educational Sciences, Political Sciences, Literature and Philosophy of the University of Catania)
  • Center for Advanced Studies on Cyberpsychology (University of Bari and Rome)

Editorial manager of the series: LineaTest (Franco Angeli) - Psychology, Pedagogy, Teaching (Euno Publishing) - Culture and Education (Bonanno Publishing)

Participant as "Special Invitee" O.M.S. to the Working Group on the Classification of Intellectual Disabilities of the International Advisory Group for the Revision of ICD-10 Mental and Behavioral Disorders - World Health Organization – 2010

Member of the EFPA (European Federation of Psychological Associations) International Board for the 'Geropsychology' section

Member of the scientific committee of the EFPA International Congress, Moscow 2019