I am a psychologist and a researcher in developmental psychobiology. My research projects integrate methodologies from infant research, neuroendocrinology, and behavioral epigenetics in order to understand how the early caregiving environment associates with cognitive, social, and emotional development in healthy and at-risk infants.
"How the things that happen between us - human connections - become the things that happen inside of us - neurobiological connections?"
This is the question that moved me in pursueing a career in science. My research activity mainly focuses on biomarkers of stress and protective care in infants and children at developmental risk or with neurological disabilities. A special focus is on the key role of early parent-infant interactions. This research is aimed at understanding why and how we are born to be wired. Findings from my research projects are also aimed at promotoing smarter parent-child healthcare.