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2018 Associate Professor of Social Psychology, Department of General Psychology, University of Padova.
2007 Assistant Professor of Social Psychology, Department of General Psychology, University of Padova.
2003 Scholarship for Post-doctoral Research, in psychological sciences, University of Padova.
2003 PhD in Personality and Social Psychology, University of Padova.
2002 Admitted to practice as a psychotherapist.
2002 Cognitive Psychotherapy postgraduate school. Centre for Studies in Cognitive Psycho-therapy (CESIPc), Florence.
1997 Degree in Psychology at the University of Padova.

2011-2017 Adjunct Professor of Social Psychology of Health, School of Psychology, University of Padova.
2013-2016 Contract Professor of Social Psychology and Prevention, Department of Medicine, University of Padova.
2008-2010 Adjunct Professor of Social Psychology, Faculty of Psychology, University of Pado-va.
2006, 2007 Contract Professor of Orientation Psychology in complex organizations, Faculty of Psychology, University of Padova.
2005 Contract Professor of Personality Development at the School of Economics and Man-agements, Free University of Bolzano.

2017 "@LS: online support for ALS patients", grant of the Italian Ministry of Work and Social Polices.
2017 "Neworking psychological support for ALS pa-tients and their families" grant of the banks Intesa San Paolo and Cariverona.
2014 "How life narratives, cognitive reserve and psycho-logical support may influence patient experience of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis " - Academic research Projects, University of Padova.
2013 "Open-source platforms for the e-learning: comparative analysis, evaluation and guidelines for implementation in a business context", grant of Human Capital Operational Program FSE 2007-2013.
2011 "Nightlife empowerment and well-being implementation Project" (NEWIP) funded by the European Union within the Health Programme 2008-2013.
2005-2007, 1999-2002 "Icarus Project", an experimental project for the recovery of juvenile deviancy in Sicily (P.O.R. Sicilia 2000-2006 - Measure 3.21a).
2004 Principal investigator in the project "Diagnosis project: System for process diagnosis" within the SIRIS (Integrated Regional Socio-Sanitary Information System), foster Action n. 4 - Sub-Action n. 4.1:-Childhood and adolescence.
1999-2002 "Icarus Project", European Social Fund, the Ministry of Labour and Social Security and the Sicilian Region.

Since 2017 delegate of the Department of General Psychology for the Internationalization
2016-2017 Member of the group of experts "Synergy" within the European Health Psycholo-gy Society (EHPS).
2014 Member of the organizing committee of the new international Bachelor Degree Program "Psychological Science".
Since 2012 Member of the self-assessment group of the Community Psychology Degree Course, University of Padova.
Since 2012 Member of the Interdepartmental Centre of Human Inspired Technology (HIT)
Since 2011 Director of the Psymed laboratory of psychology research, counselling and psychotherapy in the medical field - Department of General Psychology, University of Padova.
2017 Chair of the organizing committee of the International Conference of the European Health Psychology Society (EHPS) to be held in Padova from 29th August to 2nd Sep-tember 2017.


Office hours

  • Wednesday from 9:00 to 11:00
    at Studio 10, 4° piano, Via Venezia 8
    Il ricevimento non va per appuntamento. Il ricevimento di mercoledì 10 è spostato a venerdì 12 alle 10.



Cipolletta, S., Frassoni, E., & Faccio, E. (2017). Construing a therapeutic relationship online: An analysis of Skype sessions. Clinical Psychologist.
Cipolletta, S., Gammino, G., & Palmieri, A. (2017). Illness trajectories in patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis: How illness progression is related to life narratives and interpersonal relationships. Journal of Clinical Nursing. doi: 10.1111/jocn.14003 IF1.214 Q2
Cipolletta, S., Malighetti, C., Serino, S., Riva, G., & Winter, D. (2017). Intrapersonal, interpersonal, and physical space in anorexia nervosa: a virtual reality and repertory grid investigation. Psychiatry research, 252, 87-93.
Cipolletta, S., & Mocellin, D (2017). Online counseling: Psychologists' attitudes towards new ways of interaction. Psychotherapy research. doi: 10.1080/10503307.2016.1259533 IF 2.556 Q2
Cipolletta, S., Votadoro, R., & Faccio, E. (2017). Online support for transgender people: A qualitative study of online Italian Communities. Health and social care in the community, 25(5), 1542-1551.
Cipolletta, S., Pasi, M., & Avesani, R. (2016). Vita tua, mors mea: the experience of family caregivers of patients in a vegetative state. Journal of Health Psychology, 21, 1197-1206.
Cipolletta, S., & Amicucci, L. (2015). The family experience of living with a person with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis: A qualitative study. International Journal of Psychology, 50, 288-294.
Cipolletta, S., Marchesin, V., & Benini, F. (2015). Family functioning as a constituent aspect of a child’s chronic illness. Journal of Pediatric Nursing, 30, 19-28.
Cipolletta, S., Gius, E., Bastianelli A. (2014). How the burden of caring for a patient in a vege-tative state changes in relation to different coping strategies. Brain Injury, 28, 92-96.
Cipolletta, S., & Oprandi, N. (2014). What is a good death? Health professionals’ narrations on end-of-life care. Death Studies, 38, 20-27.
Cipolletta, S. (2013). Construing in action: Experiencing embodiment. Journal of constructiv-ist psychology, 26, 1-14.
Cipolletta, S., Shams, M., Tonello, F., & Pruneddu, A. (2013). Caregiver of patients with cancer: anxiety, depression and distribution of dependences. Psycho-oncology, 22, 133–139.
Cipolletta, S., Beccarello, S., & Galan, A. (2012). A psychological perspective of eye floaters. Qualitative health research, 22, 1547-1558.
Cipolletta, S. & Sperotto, A. (2012). From the Hospital organization to the childbirth practice: Italian women’s experiences. Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology, 30, 326-336.
Cipolletta, S., & Gius, E. (eds.) (2012). Ethics in action. Dialogue between knowledge and practice. Milano: LED.
Cipolletta, S. (2011). Self construction and interpersonal distances of juveniles living in residential communities. Journal of constructivist psychology, 2, 122-143.

Research Area

1. Illness experience
2. Caregiving
3. End of life
4. Childbirth in the healthcare context
5. Shared decision making in the healthcare context
6. Online counseling and psychotherapy
7. Social networking sites and online communities

A more in-depth presentation on the ongoing studies is online at

Thesis proposals

Thesis proposals are discussed during the office hours. The student will prepare a project within the professor's research areas.
In this period the main fields for theses are:

- Interventions to contrast social isolation and loneliness;
- social support in the illness experience and caregiving;
- international students' health and social support;
- eHealth interventions;
- online counseling and psychotherapy.

The project must be sent via email to the professor as an attachment named "prog thesis student's surname". Within the file personal data must be reported (name, degree course, remaining exam, internship). The project will be evaluated on the basis of its accuracy, innovation (this must be underlined in the introduction in comparison with what recent studies suggest) and feasibility (where data will be collected).