I obtained my PhD in Developmental Psychology in 2008 at Trieste University, Italy with a dissertation on psychosocial adjustment of ethnic minority children and parents, awarded the Best Doctoral Thesis by the Italian Psychological Association in 2009. In 2013, I completed my 2nd PhD in Cross-Cultural Psychology in Tilburg University, the Netherlands with a project on collective identity and well-being of ethnic minority youth in Eastern Europe. My second PhD received the 2012 Student and Early Career Council Dissertation Award of the Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD). I have international mobility experience as a research fellow at the Brent Centre for Young People, London (UK), Brown University (USA) and ongoing collaborations in Europe, Asia, the USA, and Africa. I have been honored to work with Cynthia García Coll and Fons van de Vijver - one of the leading scholars in developmental and cross-cultural psychology fields.
Additionally, I am actively involved in international professional service for young scholars as the President of the Early Researchers Union (ERU) of the European Association of Developmental Psychology (EADP), representative of the Student and Early Career Council (SECC) at SRCD, the Ethnic & Racial Issues Committee at the SRCD, the Society for the Study of Human Development (SSHD) Emerging Scholars Committee and a member of the Society for Research on Adolescence's (SRA) Study Group Committee and the Advisory Board of the Global Network for Human Development Intervention Research in Low- and Middle-Income (LAMI) countries.
I am a developmental and cross-cultural psychologist with strong interest in enhancing positive youth development in highly marginalized and stigmatized ethnic minority communities in Europe, most notably Roma. My scholarly research interests regard migration, identity, acculturation, marginalized and disadvantaged ethnic minority groups, well-being, intercultural relations.