Lab Network

Beatrice Beebe, PhD

Clinical Professor of Medical Psychology, NYSPI, Columbia University, New York

Director of the Communication Sciences Lab at New York State Psychiatric Institute. Her research focuses on the social transmission of maternal psychopathology and the origins of infant attachment patterns, examining nonverbal communication as the mode of transmission. This work defines precise individual and dyadic social patterns of behavior organizing early relatedness, with direct implications for early intervention.

Marilyn Vihman, PhD

Professor in Language and Linguistic Science, University of York, England, UK

Her main area of interest is early lexical and phonological development; she focuses on cross-linguistic as well as longitudinal analyses and a combination of observational and experimental studies. She wrote and co-edited books that provide an overview of the field, both infant speech perception and production, and new data and new models. She is currently completing Prosodic Structures and Phonological Templates in Development, to appear in 2019 (Oxford University Press).

Tamar Keren-Portnoy, PhD

Senior Lecturer, in Language and Linguistic Science, University of York, England, UK

Heidi Keller, PhD

Professor of Psychology Emeritus, University of Osnabrück, Germany

Director of Nevet at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Research topics are cultural pathways of childrens’ development with a focus on infancy and preschool period. Empirical realization through a multisite, mainly longitudinal research program based in multi method approaches. The particular interest of the last years is a cultural foundation of attachment relationships. A second focus is the application of cultural knowledge into pedagogical theory and practice. Recently ethical questions have become prominent that relate to the worldwide application of Western theories and research results.

Christine Yoshinaga-Itano, PhD

Professor Emeritus, University of Colorado, Boulder, USA

Dr. Yoshinaga-Itano is a Research Professor at the Institute of Cognitive Science and Professor Emeritus at the Department of Speech, Language & Hearing Sciences at the University of Colorado, Boulder. She has conducted research in the areas of language, speech, and social-emotional development of deaf and hard-of-hearing infants and children for over thirty years. Over the last 20 years, she has focused on the impact of early-identification and early intervention on the developmental outcomes of children with significant hearing loss.

Kate Cain, DPhil

Professor of Language and Literacy, Department of Psychology, Lancaster University, UK

Kate Cain is a Professor of Language and Literacy and Head of Department in Psychology at Lancaster University. Her research concerns the different cognitive and language-related skills that underpin the development of reading and listening comprehension, both in atypical and typical populations. She has written a handbook for teachers Understanding and Teaching Reading Comprehension (Oakhill, Cain & Elrbo, 2014) which has been translated into several languages including Italian. She is currently President Elect of the Society for the Society for the Scientific Study of Reading (

Lucia Mason, Phd

Professor of Developmental and Educational Psychology at the University of Padova, Italy

She carried out studies on conceptual change, epistemic beliefs, multimedia learning, and evaluation and comprehension of online multiple sources about controversial topics. She is interested in process data, in particular eye-tracking and peripheral physiological measures to investigate the interplay of cognition and affect in learning processes. Her most recent research interest concerns the effects of exposure to natural environments on student’ attention, academic performance, and well-being. She is currently an associate editor of Metacognition and Learning.

Maja Roch, PhD

Associate professor, Department of Developmental and socialization Psychology, University of Padova, Italy

Her research interests concern the impact of early experiences (bilingualism, educational poverty, developmental disorders) on linguistic and cognitive developmental trajectories from 0-6 years; narrative comprehension and production in preschoolers; intervention programs for fostering early language development.

Alessandra Murri

Medical Doctor, Otolaryngology Dept. at “Guglielmo da Saliceto” Hospital, Piacenza, Italy

The main interests are Audiology, Cochlear implant and middle ear implant, hearing aids, Pediatric Audiology. She has published several papers on these topics.

Domenico Cuda

Head of the Otolaryngology Dept. at “Guglielmo da Saliceto” Hospital, Piacenza, Italy

He is executive member of the Northern Italy Otolaryngologic Group and Executive member of the Italian Pediatric Otolaryngology Society (SIOP). He is specialized in the medical and surgical treatment of deafness. He collaborates on a lot of research and projects on children

Letizia Guerzoni

Speech Therapist, Otolaryngology Dept. at “Guglielmo da Saliceto” Hospital, Piacenza, Italy

She is specialized in the assessment and rehabilitation of deaf adults and children. She participates in various projects and research on the language development of children with hearing loss with or without cochlear implantsk

Mario Fiori

Nursery school manager, AM.IC.A Social Cooperative, Pergine di Valsugana (TN), Italy

Mario Fiori is in charge of nursery schools run by the AM.IC.A Social Cooperative, Trentino region. He graduated in Education Sciences. His main interests are organization and management of nursery schools, infants, toddlers and preschool children’s education (0-6), and education through movement, music and dance.