Nanyang Technological University, Singapore & University of Trento, Italy

Mother-Infant Synchrony: From Behaviors to Brains

Short Bio

Developmental Clinical Psychologist qualified to advance the ongoing investigations on child socio-cognitive development contributing strengths in human electrophysiology and neuroimaging, complex data modeling, and comparative physiological assessment with the aim of studying Social Interaction. I have applied neuroimaging (fMRI; fNIRS, EEG) genetic, and behavioral protocols in the context of infant socio-cognitive development, often comparing typical and atypical trajectories. Furthermore, I have experimentally explored caregiver-infant interaction across mammalian species (mice, marmosets and humans), and its implication to psychopathology. My work has produced publications, collaborations and has been recognized several times by a number of agencies from Europe, Singapore, Japan, USA and UAE. I am the main author (either first or corresponding) for the majority of my publications: 114 peer-review papers, 20 book chapters, and 1 co-edited book; Citations 1916; h-index 24; i10-index 47, data from Google Scholar). Furthermore, my studies have been published in different fields (Clinical Psychology, Biology, Neuroscience, Education), using multiple technologies (e.g. fNIRS; EEG, fMRI, ECG, EMG, GSR, Animal models; genetic assessments; pharmacological manipulations) reflecting strong independent thinking and attention to the bigger picture more than to the specific of a single research field.