> Child and Youth Lab


Simona Scaini, PhD


Marcella Caputi, PhD

Barbara Forresi, PhD

Giovanni Michelini, PhD

Chiara Caruso, PhD

Sara Palmieri, MSc

Research area and primary aims:

Our research area spans from infancy to adolescence focussing on clinically-relevant topics in typical and atypical development. In particular, our lab activity includes research on the following topics: developmental psychology and psychopathology, social, cognitive and emotional development in children and adolescents, genetic and environmental contributions to internalizing and externalizing dimensions’, assessment and treatment approach in clinical child psychology.

Running projects:

TitleSfu StaffTimelineStatus and Fund
Psychophysiological components of different domains of anxiety in childhood.Scaini, S.2017-Running project (SFU Milan)
Italian validation of the Anger Regulation and Expression Scale (ARES, DiGiuseppe & Tafrate, 2011) and the Anger Cognition Scale (ACS, Martin & Dahlen, 2017)Scaini, S., Caruso, C2017-Running project (SFU Milan)
Social cognition and anxiety symptomatology in childhood.Scaini, S., Caputi, M.2017-Running project (SFU Milan)
Maturation of natural motion perception in children with typical and atypical development.Caputi, M., Scaini, S.2017-Running project (SFU Milan)
Effectiveness of Cool Kids Program in Italian settings.Scaini, S.2017-Running project (SFU Milan)
The development of resilience from preschool to primary school: a longitudinal study.Caputi, M., Scaini, S.2017-Running project (SFU Milan)
Genetic and environmental contributions to anger and anxiety disorders.Scaini, S.2017-Running project (SFU Milan)
An exploratory study on meta-cognition, worry and anxious symptoms in children.Scaini, S., Caputi, M., Palmieri, S.2018-Planned
Italian validation of the Parent Flooding Scale (PFS; Slep & Heyman 1998)Caputi, M., Scaini, S.2018-Planned
Italian validation of the Self-Report Coping Scale – Revised (SRCS-R; Wright et al., 2010)Caputi, M., Scaini, S.2018-Planned
Italian validation of the Preschool Anxiety Scale – Revised (PAS-R; Edwards et al., 2010)Caputi, M, Scaini, S., Forresi B.2018-Planned

Research Cooperation Partners:

  1. Marco Battaglia, MD – The Division of Child and Youth Psychiatry at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), 80 Workman Way, Toronto M6J 1H4, Canada.
  2. Clelia Di Serio, PhD; Chiara Brombin, PhD – University Centre of Statistics in the Biomedical Sciences (CUSSB), Vita-Salute San Raffaele University, Milano, Italy.
  3. Claudio De Sperati PhD, Vita-Salute San Raffaele University, Milano, Italy.
  4. Giorgia Michelini, PhD – MRC Social, Genetic and Developmental Psychiatry Centre, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King’s College London, London SE5 8AF, UK.
  5. Raymond DiGiuseppe, MD – St. John’s University, New York.
  6. Loredana Benedetto, PhD – University of Messina, Department of Medical and Surgical Sciences.
  7. Robin Banerjee, PhD – School of Psychology, University of Sussex, Falmer, Brighton BN1 9QH, UK.
  8. Helen Askell-Williams, PhD – School of Education, Flinders University, Adelaide, South Australia.

Clinical Cooperation Partners:

  • Studi Cognitivi Milano (Giovanni Ruggiero)
  • Studi Cognitivi Sassuolo (Rossana Piron)
  • Centro IELED, Milano (Davide Nahum)
  • Equipe Kairos, Carugate (MI) (Alessia Incerti, Federica Rossi)


Simona Scaini, PhD
phone: +39 02 83241854