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Ada Cigala

EDUCATION
1994: Psychology Degree, University of Padua. Dissertation: “La conoscenza delle emozioni in bambini in età scolare” Understanding emotions in school age children, final grade 110/110 cum laude.
2001: Ph.D., Developmental Psychology and Socialization Processes, University of Padua
Dissertation: “Processi di Socializzazione emotiva nell’interazione genitori-figlio e conoscenza emotiva in bambini in età prescolare”. The processes of emotional Socialization in parent-child interactions and emotional understanding of preschool children.
2001: “Italian Young Researchers Award” by the Italian Psychological Association (AIP).
Since 2003: affiliation with the Italian Psychological Association (AIP) – Educational and Developmental Psychology - .
2005: Registration with the Order of Psychologists in Emilia Romagna.

ACADEMIC POSITIONS
2002: Researcher of Educational and Developmental Psychology at the Department of Psychology, University of Parma.
Since 2003: Referent for pre-graduate and post-graduate psychological internship program at the University of Parma.
Since 2008: member of the Parity Commission Order of Psychologists-University of Emilia Romagna, for the University of Parma.
Since 2008: member of the Board of the Ph.D Program in Psychology at the University of Parma.
1998/2011: Scientific Head of the Second Level Specialization Degree Course “Children in Educational Contexts: Observing for planning” at the Department of Psychology, University of Parma.

EDITORIAL ACTIVITIES
- Scientific board member of Editorial Series “Crescendo: Studi, ricerche e strumenti in psicologia dello sviluppo e dell’educazione” (Growing up: studies, research and instruments in the psychology of development and education), directed by prof. Ilaria Grazzani and prof. Paola Corsano, Publisher: Junior.
- Reviewer for national and international scientific journals.
TEACHING
2008/2011: "Developmental Psychology" of the "Behavioral science and interpersonal and social relationships" course, University of Parma.
2011/2013: “Psychological Processes in the Educational Center of Infancy” of the "Behavioral science and interpersonal and social relationships" course, University of Parma.
2011/2013: “Psychology of Emotional Development” of the "Behavioral science and interpersonal and social relationships" course, University of Parma.
2011: "Methods of analysis of triadic interactions", methodology seminar at the Summer School of Methodology, Associazione Italiana di Psicologia (AIP).
2011/2013: “Methods of analysis of triadic interactions in parental emotional socialization”, methodology seminar for the Ph.D Program in Psychology at the University of Parma.
1999/2011: “Observation as a research method in educational contexts”, methodology seminar at Second Level Specialization Degree Course “Children in Educational Contexts: Observing for planning” at the Department of Psychology, University of Parma.
Since 2013: “Psychological Intervention in the school of early childhood” of the Master's Degree Course in "Developmental Psychology: educational, social and clinical processes and contexts", University of Parma.
Since 2013: “The Observational Methods in Developmental Psychology” of the Master's Degree Course in "Developmental Psychology: educational, social and clinical processes and contexts", University of Parma.

FUNDED RESEARCH PROJECTS
-1999/2000: “The planning processes in profoundly deaf subjects”
Co-financing Miur (COFIN), National scientific coordinator Prof. Gabriele Di Stefano (Universiy of Padova), member of research unit.
-2001/02 “Parents-Child Affect and Emotion Socialization Processes”,
financed by MIUR, Project for Young Researchers, scientific coordinator.
-2002 “Socio-emotional competences in preschoolers,
FIL, financed by University of Parma, Scientific Head.
-2003 “Emotional competences and loneliness”,
FIL, financed by University of Parma, Scientific Head Prof Paola Corsano, member of research unit.
-2003 “Emotional regulation from infancy to adulthood”,
financed by MIUR (FIRB: d.r. n. 1276/ric. 10/12/2003), Scientific Coordinator Prof. Vanda Zammuner (Universiy of Padova), Scientific Head of research unit of University of Parma Prof. Laura Fruggeri, member of research unit.
-2005 “The study of working memory in school age: A no-words test validation”
FIL, financed by University of Parma, Scientific Head prof. Paola Corsano, member of research unit.
-2006 “Temperament, mother-child interactions and loneliness during development”
FIL, financed by University of Parma, Scientific Head Prof. Paola Corsano, member of research unit.
-2005/06: “Father-child interactions in educational contexts”,
financed by Educational Services for Early Infancy (the Municipality of Fidenza, Italy), Scientific Head
-2007 “Daily welcoming in a childcare centre as a microtransition: an exploratory study”
FIL, financed by University of Parma, Scientific Head.
-2011/2012: “Socio-emotional competences: a path for preschool teachers”
financed by Educational Services for Early Infancy (the Municipality of Parma), Scientific Head.
-2012/2013: "Socio-emotional competences at school: a path for preschoolers”
financed by Educational Services for Early Infancy (the Municipality of Parma), Scientific Head.
-2013/2014: "Continuity in early education: Observation of the development of socio-emotional competences in preschoolers",
-financed by Educational Services for Early Infancy (the Municipality of Parma, Italy), Scientific Head.
-2013/2015: “Learning others' points of view: perspective taking and prosocial behaviour in preschoolers”,
-financed by Educational Services for Early Infancy (the Municipality of Reggio Emilia), Scientific Head.

RESEARCH INTERESTS
- Affective relationships and child development
-Processes of socio-emotional learning
- Assessment of socio-emotional competences in preschool children
-Development of perspective-taking abilities
- Observational methods
-Evidenced-based research
- The effects of educational contexts on child development
-Triadic interaction
-Family relationships
-Developmental processes in a maltreated context

MAIN INTERNATIONAL SCIENTIFIC CONFERENCES

Cigala A., Marozza G., Venturelli E., Fruggeri L. (2008). Family transitions: observation of triadic family relations. ESFR 2008 - 4th Congress of the European Society of Family Relations. University of Jyväskylä, Jyväskylä, Finland, 24-27 September 2008.

Venturelli E., Cigala A., (2010). Family microtransitions and preschoolers' social interactions
with peers. 5th ESFR Congress: Family transition and families in transition. Catholic University of
Milan, 29 September - 2 October 2010.

Majorano, M., Cigala, A., Corsano, P., Venturelli, E. (2010). Child-directed language and social
referencing in Italian children. In proceedings of the XVI European Conference on
Developmental Psychology, Vilnius Lithuania, August 18-22, 2009, editor Rita Zukuashiene.

Cigala A., Mori, A. (2015). Perspective taking and pro-social behavior: an intervention with preschoolers. 17th European Conference on Developmental Psychology. University of Minho
(Braga- Portugal) (08-12/09/2015).

Corsano, P., Cigala, A., Majorano, M., & Guidotti, L. (2015). Self-awareness and emotional competences in reminiscing between mother and child. International Conference N&I, Narrative and interaction: Promoting and assessing the development of language, literacy and socio-cognitive skills. Paris, Paris Descartes University, June 10-12 2015.

She received the “Italian Young Researchers Award” by the Italian Psychological Association.
She is the author of scientific articles in refereed international and national journals (all related to SH ERC field); in Elsevier Scopus database she actually has 14 Documents, 12 total Citations and H-index 2. Among her publications, there are excellent journals (first quartile) such as “Educational Psychology Review (IF: 2,56). She has also published books and chapters in national and international books in order to promote the dissemination and application of her studies to educational and developmental contexts contributing to the “third university mission”.

Anno accademico di erogazione: 2020/2021

Anno accademico di erogazione: 2019/2020

Anno accademico di erogazione: 2018/2019

Anno accademico di erogazione: 2017/2018

Anno accademico di erogazione: 2016/2017

Anno accademico di erogazione: 2015/2016

Anno accademico di erogazione: 2014/2015

Anno accademico di erogazione: 2013/2014

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