> Child and Youth Lab


Simona Scaini, PhD


Barbara Forresi, PhD

Giovanni Michelini, PhD

Sara Palmieri, MSc

Ludovica Giani, 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, C.2017-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)
The impact of natural disasters on children,
adolescents and parents
Forresi B., Scaini S.
Caputi M.
2017-Running project
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
Monitoring mental health of
Unaccompanied Foreign Minors
Michelini, G.2019-Running project
Augmented Alternative Communication
methods in severe to profound Intellectual
Disabilities and Communication disorders
Michelini, G.2019-Running project
T-COM Italia: Italian validation of the
Transformation Collaborative Outcomes
Management (Lyons, 2009)
Michelini, G.2019-Running project
Rare genetic disorders in children and
Michelini, G.2019-Running project
Challenging behaviors and social skills in
childhood and adulthood
Michelini, G.2019-Running project
Dementia: diagnosis and cognitive
Michelini, G.2019-Running project
Validation for children and adolescents of
the Social Anxiety Scale (Michelini et al., 2009)
Michelini, G., Caputi, M., Scaini, S.2019-Running project
Workplace stress, general psychopathology
and risk factors in an Italian sample
Forresi, B., Michelini, G., Sapuppo, W.2019-Running project
Emotional and cognitive factors in financial
decision-making: the development of a new
instrument for investor profile
Forresi, B., Michelini, G.2019-Running project
Prosocial behavior in bullying and
cyberbullying dynamics
Forresi, B.2020-Running project
Complex Posttraumatic Stress Disorder:
the role of comorbidity and interpersonal
functioning in treatment adherence
Forresi, B.2020-Running project
Italian validation of the Salzburg Stress
Eating Scale (SSES; Meule at al., 2018)
Palmieri, S., Scaini, S.2020-Planned
Italian validation of the Salzburg Emotional
Eating Scale (SEES; Meule at al., 2018)
Palmieri, S., Scaini, S.2020-Planned

Research Collaborations:

  1. Marcella Caputi, PhD, Università di Trieste
  2. 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.
  3. Clelia Di Serio, PhD; Chiara Brombin, PhD – University Centre of Statistics in the Biomedical Sciences (CUSSB), Vita-Salute San Raffaele University, Milano, Italy.
  4. Claudio De Sperati, PhD, Vita-Salute San Raffaele University, Milano, Italy.
  5. Giorgia Michelini, PhD – MRC Social, Genetic and Developmental Psychiatry Centre, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King’s College London, London SE5 8AF, UK.
  6. Raymond DiGiuseppe, MD – St. John’s University, New York.
  7. Loredana Benedetto, PhD – University of Messina, Department of Medical and Surgical Sciences.
  8. Robin Banerjee, PhD – School of Psychology, University of Sussex, Falmer, Brighton BN1 9QH, UK.
  9. Helen Askell-Williams, PhD – School of Education, Flinders University, Adelaide, South Australia.
  10. Maria Nobile, MD, PhD, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Unit, Scientific Institute IRCCS ‘E. Medea”.
  11. Maria Antonietta Stazi, Fagnani Corrado, Emanuela Medda, Centre for Behavioural Sciences and Mental Health, Italian National Institute of Health.
  12. Maria Antonella Costantino, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Unit, Scientific Institute IRCCS Ca’ Granda – Ospedale Maggiore Policlinico.
  13. Serafino Corti, Intellectual Disabilities Department, Fondazione Istituto Ospedaliero di Sospiro – Onlus.
  14. Marco Spallazzi, Neurology Unit, University Hospital of Parma.
  15. Elena Righi, Università degli studi di Modena e Reggio Emilia.

Clinical Cooperation:

  • 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