Who we are
A research team made of people
The BabyLab is the lab of Developmental Psychology of the University G. d’Annunzio Chieti.Pescara, Italy.
Heads of the lab are Prof. Mirco Fasolo, Dr. Maria Spinelli and Dr. Francesca Lionetti. Our team is composed by several members, research assistants, Post-Docs, PhD students, Master students, interns, and we have many international partnerships.
Maria Spinelli, PhD. Assistant professor
Her research interests include infants and children socio-emotional development with a focus on emotion regulation and on the role of parent-child interaction in the process.
She teaches the courses of Developmental Psychology I at the Bachelor degree and Affective developmental psychology at the Master degree.
Francesca Lionetti, PhD. Assistant professor
Her research interests include socio-emotional development, parenting, and individual-environment interaction within the Environmental Sensitivity paradigm. She is trainer and supervisor for the Video-Feedback Intervention to Promote Positive Parenting and Sensitive Discipline.
She teaches the course of Social and emotional developmental psychology at the Master degree.
Giulio D'Urso, PhD. Assistant Professor
His research interests concern risk and protective factors in adolescence, sexual minorities, bullying and victimisation, and sexual offenders. His research is mostly longitudinal, mixed-methods and multi-informant.
He teaches the courses of Developmental Psychology II at the Bachelor degree, as well as Psychology of Adolescence at the Master degree.
Maria Concetta Garito, PhD. Lab assistant
Her research interests include mother-infant interaction and communication in typical and atypical populations.
Silvia Ponzetti, PhD. Post-Doc
Her research interests include maternal sensitivity, adult and child attachment and emotion regulation development in typical and atypical populations.
Maria Grazia Logrieco, PhD student
Her research focus is Austistic children development from several perspectives, studied with behavioural and neuroimaging tools.
Ilaria Nicolì, PhD Student
Her research focus is the study of typical and atypical language development. Specifically, she studies linguistic delays in toddlerhood
Gilberto Gigliotti, PhD student
His research focus is the study of consumer behaviours and decision-making regarding the purchase of food in the family system with attention to how the child and parent interact during the purchasing process, and how the child influences the choices and preferences of the parent in purchasing food.
Alessandra Sperati, PhD student
Her research is focused on the development and validation of an observational procedure that makes it possible to evaluate the trait of sensitivity to the environment from the first months of life. It is also involved in studying the role of parenting routines of sleep in the quality of children’s sleep.
Giulia Guerra, PhD Student
Her research focuses on child linguistic and communicative development. She manages screening interventions in primary and secondary schools with the aim of identifying the indicators of possible difficulties of the child that can lead to Specific Learning Disorders.
Ilenia Passaquindici, PhD student
Her research focuses is the importance of early interactions for child development. Currently, she is working on a project that investigates the role of parental mindfulness in promoting the parent-child relationship.
Odette Nardozza, Research fellow
She graduated in Developmental and Educational Psychology from the University of Chieti and Pescara G. D’Annunzio. Currently, she is organizing the InSyncReg research project that aims to investigate the role of bio-behavioral mother-infant synchrony in the development of emotion regulation during the first year of life.