Lab Team

Manuela Lavelli - PhD

Professor of Developmental and Educational Psychology

Her research focuses on the co-regulated processes organizing early mother-infant communication, which are foundation for infant emotional development. She also investigates the effects of parent/teacher’s input and support for language acquisition during interaction with young children with at-risk or atypical language development.

Marinella Majorano - PhD

Associate Professor of Developmental and Educational Psychology

Her studies are focused on infants/children with language and communication difficulties or other special educational needs. In the last years, the interaction between individual and environmental factors is one of her main research focus. The development and implementation of intervention program for parents, educators and teachers is one of her main contributions in the applied research

Elena Florit - PhD

Assistant Professor of Developmental and Educational Psychology

Her research interests concern language and literacy acquisition. In particular, she is interested in individual (e.g., cognitive skills) and contextual factors (e.g., home language and literacy environment) accounting for language acquisition in monolingual and bilingual children; children’s comprehension of oral and written texts (printed and digital texts; multiple texts); intervention studies for supporting language development in at risk populations.

Chiara Barachetti - PhD

Teaching Assistant- Developmental and Educational Psychology

Her research focuses on the communication and language development of children with at-risk or atypical language development. In particular, she is interested in the effects of parent/teacher’s input on the language acquisition of children with primary language impairment and of children from low-income family.

Valentina Persici - PhD

Postdoctoral Research Fellow – Developmental and Educational Psychology

Her work investigates monolingual and bilingual language and literacy development and the relationship between language and rhythm in children with typical and atypical development (dyslexia, developmental language disorder, cochlear implants). Her research interests also include the development of assessment tools and the implementation of intervention programs that promote children’s language and literacy development. Her research combines behavioural and electrophysiological methods (EEG).

Beatrice Andalò

PhD student- Programme in Human Sciences-Psychology

She graduated in Pedagogical Sciences and in Motor Sciences, too. Her main research interests relate to the relationship between gross-motor development and language development in children from 0 to 6, and the teaching of motor activities. She has several years of experience working as a pedagogist in nursery schools with a specific educational project based on motor experience.

Tamara Bastianello

PhD student- Programme in Human Sciences-Psychology

Tamara Bastianello is a third-year PhD student in Psychology. Her PhD project regards the role played by multi sensoriality and attentional mechanisms in language acquisition and development. She is also interested in developing tools and programmes using innovative technologies for parents and teachers to support children’s language and early literacy skills. She is a co-author of papers on developmental psychology and education.

Ahmed Alduais

PhD student- Programme in Human Sciences-Psychology

Ahmed’s research interests are clinical and experimental linguistics, assessment ‎and ‎diagnosis of speech and language disorders, psycholinguistics, ‎neurolinguistics, ‎biolinguistics, and research methodology. He has published around 65 ‎papers, including ‎those listed on ISI, Scopus, and Russian Citation Index. Ahmed has over ‎‎14 years ‎of teaching and research experience in China, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Yemen and recently Italy and Spain. ‎

Michela Santangelo

PhD student- Programme in Human Sciences-Psychology

Michela Santangelo is a first year PhD student in psychology. Her research project focuses on the effect of a music training for preescholers with cochlear implant on the enhancement of language skills. She is also interested in parent-child verbal and non verbal communication and parental roles. She has a master’s degree in philosophy and a clinical experience as a trainee psychologist at the IRCCS Fondazione Stella Maris.

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