Dr Federica Scarpina

Tenure track researcher, University of Turin

Dr. Federica Scarpina is a Research Fellow at the “Rita Levi Montalcini” Department of Neurosciences, University of Turin, Italy. She actively conducts her research activities at Istituto Auxologico Italiano, Ospedale San Giuseppe, an Italian scientific institute for hospitalisation and care (i.e. IRCCS, according to  MOH). It commits in research, prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of cardiovascular, neurological, endocrine, metabolic and immunological diseases. She earned her PhD in Psychology at the University of Pavia, Italy. She visited the Department of Experimental Psychology – Universiteit Utrecht (the Netherlands) for twelve months. After, she joined the University of Turin as a Post Doctoral Researcher. Her research focuses primarily on how the brain processes bodily signals to shape a coherent body representation in the case of neurological diseases and metabolic disorders. Moreover, she explores the psychological components and emotional processing in clinical diseases, investigating the relationship with biomarkers. Thus, her research is multidisciplinary and requires tight interactions with different health-care professionals.

She also has considerable clinical experience. She had specialized training in neuropsychology at Clinical Hildebrand Centro di Riabilitazione Brissago (Switzerland) and she worked actively as a neuropsychologist at Ospedale San Giuseppe, Piancavallo, Italy, focusing on cognitive assessment in neurological diseases. She is a trained psychotherapist in Client-Centered Therapy and lists in Italian Board of Psychologists. She had specialized training in psychological therapies services.  In her academic teaching, she focuses on the biopsychosocial approach to health, supporting future professionals in developing efficient relationships-based care.