Neuropsycologists


 

      Valeria Cianci

 


Valeria Cianci obtained the Master's Degree in Neuroscience and Neuropsychological Rehabilitation in 2015 at the University of Padua. From 2017 to February 2019 she worked at the San Camillo Hospital Foundation in Venice as Clinical Study Rater, with particular interest in Dementia with Lewy Bodies and Progressive Supranuclear Palsy. She also cooperated in clinical and research activities in the Parkinson's Disease Unit. She was responsible for neuropsychological evaluation in patients with Parkinson's Disease and atypical parkinsonisms. She has been enrolled at “Centro Gestalt Viva Claudio Naranjo”, a School in Gestalt Psychotherapy in Livorno.
Phone: +39 049 821 4400
e-mail: valeria.cianci@unipd.it

      Giovanni Gentile

 



Giovanni Gentile graduated in 2013 in Cognitive Science and Experimental Psychology at the University of Padua. He worked at the IRCCS San Camillo in Venice, as a researcher at the Parkinson's Disease Unit, dealing with neuropsychological assessment and research in the mHealth field, for the European project H2020 "PD_Manager" and Co-PI of the Italian Ministry of Health project "ACTIONPARK - Action Observation in Parkinson's disease". Technology enthusiast, he received the 4th prize at the 2017 Open Accelerator competition promoted by Zambon, with the project "PDmee - wearable monitoring system for Parkinson's disease", and the 1st Start Cup Veneto 2018 with the project company "SENSEDAT - system for detecting stress levels". Graduating in Systemic-Family Psychotherapy (PsyD), he carries out clinical activities at the 3rd Psychiatric Service of the Hospital of Padua. He currently holds a research fellowship at the Department of Neuroscience of the University of Padua, where he supports the coordination of the project "PD_Pal - Palliative care in Parkinson's disease".
Phone: +39 049 821 4400
e-mail: giovanni.gentile@unipd.it

      Francesca Pistonesi

 


Francesca Pistonesi graduated in Neuropsycological Rehabilitation at the University of Padua in 2017. She worked as a clinical and research collaborator at the Parkinson's Disease Unit of the IRCCS San Camillo in Venice and the Neurology Clinic of the University Hospital of Padua. She currently holds a Research Scholarship at the Department of Neuroscience of the University of Padua, where she performs neuropsychological evaluations in patients with Parkinson's disease and atypical parkinsonism.
Phone: +39 049 821 4400
e-mail: francesca.pistonesi@unipd.it

External collaborators

      Roberta Biundo

 



Roberta Biundo is currently working as a neuropsychologist and research coordinator of the Parkinson disease and movement disorder unit at the “San Camillo Hospital Foundation”, I.R.C.C.S, Venice, Italy. She graduated with honors in Experimental Psychology at the University of Trieste (Italy) (2004) under the supervision of prof. Carlo Semenza and underwent psychology training in Cognitive Psychology and Behavior analysis completing her psychologist training in Trieste and becoming a qualified psychologist (2005). She was awarded a fellowship to The Vivian Smith Advanced Studies Summer Institute of the Neuropsychological Society at Xilocastro (Greece) (2006) and obtained a master in Neuropsychology Across the Lifespan. She was awarded a Marie Curie fellowship as research assistant at the University of Hull, (UK) (2007) where she investigated deterioration of language skills in patients with neurodegenerative brain diseases using experimental neuropsychological assessment, structural neuroimaging techniques (VBM) as well as computerized assessments. In 2008, she obtained a Postgraduate Certificate in higher education (Statistics and Design, Career Development and Communication Skills and Critical Appraisal Skills and Philosophical Foundations of Psychology) at the Psychology Department, University of Hull, where, in 2011, she was awarded a Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology, EU Marie Curie Network, exploring preclinical indicators of abnormal cognitive decline in ageing. In 2016, she was awarded Psychotherapist at the “Centro Italiano Studio Sviluppo Psicoterapia A Breve Termine (C.I.S.S.P.A.T.)”. She obtained Italian National Scientific Abilitation for Associated Professor in General Psychology, Psychobiology and Psychometry (11/E1) ASN2016. She has five main research interests related to dementia in Parkinson disease and other movement disorders. The first is to understand and define cognitive and behavioral changes in parkinsonisms (PSP, MSA, CBS, DLB, HD) and their clinical predictors. In this regards, she aimed 1) to identify the feasibility and sensitivity of cognitive tests in detecting and monitoring cognitive decline in dementia patients; 2) to implement Italian validation “PD with mild cognitive” criteria; and 3) to build a normal subjects cognitive and neuroimaging database to obtain valid information about cognitive and brain alterations progression from a healthy population-based study. This effort has been recently awarded by an NHS research grant (GR-2016-02361986). The second is neuroimaging, with particular focus on the definition of specific brain, neurochemical and network changes associated with neurodegeneration. MRI and fluorodeoxyglucose PET are used to understand alterations in brain networks and connectivity. The third is the neuromodulation by transcranial magnetic stimulation, in particular to identify efficacy indicators of neurorehabilitation treatment (cognitive training plus t-DCS) which can have a prognostic value in the MCI phase. The four is development of innovative rehabilitation strategies and home monitoring. This effort has been recently awarded by a Horizon 2020 research grant. The fifth is focused on genetic profiles associated with cognitive and behavioral symptoms in degenerative disorders. She also aims to improve quality of life and resilience of patients using short-term tools and Well-Being Therapy approach (such as Autogenic Training, Psychoeducation, powering a sense of Self-esteem and Self-control, Habit Reversal Training (HRT) etc.). She is involved in several international multicenter studies in the context of the movement disorder society of which she is an elected member of the committee aimed at developing and promulgating educational courses in the field (MDS-EC). During her academic / clinical career, Roberta Biundo has published 47-reviewed manuscripts indexed peers and 1 chapter of a book. Its H index is 16 and has more than 800 citations (Scopus). It serves as a reviewer for the main medical, neurological and psychology journals.
Phone: +39 041 220 7554
e-mail: roberta.biundo@yahoo.it

      Eleonora Fiorenzato

 



Eleonora Fiorenzato graduated in Neuroscience and Neuropsychological Rehabilitation at the University of Padua in 2013, after a 1-year study and research training at Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour at Radboud University Nijmegen (NL), thanks to the Erasmus study grant. Her research and Master’s thesis focused on a new treatment approach in the rehabilitation of brain-injured patients with executive problems. During the post-lauream internship, she joined the Parkinson’s disease and Movement disorders unit at the IRCCS San Camillo Hospital (Venice) and worked on research projects about cognitive neurorehabilitation in Parkinson’s disease patients with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) by means of the transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) and computerized cognitive training. In 2014, she started her PhD in Psychological Sciences at the University of Padua and IRCCS San Camillo Hospital (Venice). During her PhD, she spent 6-month at the University Health Network, Toronto (Canada) under the supervision of Dr. Strafella Antonio, investigating the underling mechanisms of cognitive impairment in Parkinson’s disease with functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). During her PhD, she was also involved in studies focusing on atypical parkinsonisms, such as multiple system atrophy (MSA) and progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP). In 2018, she received her PhD with a thesis entitle ‘Cognitive and brain imaging changes in parkinsonisms’ under the supervision of Prof. Antonini Angelo and Prof. Bisiacchi Patrizia. At present, her research aims at investigating the interplay between cognitive-behavioral deficits and neuroanatomical substrates associated with Parkinson’s disease and atypical parkinsonisms using neuroimaging techniques (i.e., structural MRI, resting-state fMRI and positron emission tomography) to identify biomarkers of cognitive outcome, which can have prognostic value already at early stage of the disease or at MCI stage. She is author of 11 papers published in international peer reviewed journals - with the following publication metrics: Google Scholar (h-index 5, total citations 122), SCOPUS (h-index 5, total citations 79). Psychotherapy trainee at SLOP-Scuola Lombarda di Psicoterapia of Cognitive-Neuropsychological psychotherapy.
Phone: +39 041 2207 537
e-mail: eleonora.fiorenzato@gmail.com

      Roberta Schifano

 



Roberta Schifano graduated in Neuroscience and Neuropsychological Rehabilitation in 2013 at Padova University. She works at "San Camillo" Hospital in Venice since 2015 where she carries out clinical and research activities within the Parkinson and movement disorders Unit. She mainly deals with neuropsychological evaluation in patients with Parkinson and parkinsonisms. Thanks to her expertise in the use of electrophysiological techniques (eg EEG), acquired during the training period at the "Trinity College" institute in Dublin and the "Puzzle Center" in Turin, she actively collaborates in various research projects (registration, collection and analysis of electroencephalographic data). Currently, she is a member of a research project team aimed at developing new diagnostic techniques based on high-density EEG (hdEEG) for the study of cerebral stroke, as responsible for neuropsychological evaluation and brain imaging. She is attending the Cognitive-Behavioral Psychotherapy School at Verona SPC and carrying out an internship at the Psychiatric Diagnosis and Care Service (2nd - S.P.D.C.) of the S. Antonio Hospital in Padova.