Dr. Serena Petrocchi is a postdoctoral researcher at the Faculty of Biomedical Sciences of the Università della Svizzera italiana.
She was previously appointed as a post-doc researcher at the Faculty of Psychology at Keele University (UK), under a Marie Curie fellowship, and at the Department of History, Society, and Human Studies at Università del Salento, under a “5x1000 programme” fellowship. She also worked at the European Institute of Oncology (Milan) and collaborated with the European Alliance for Personalized Medicine (Brussels).
In 2020, she received the Italian National Qualification as Associate Professor.
Dr. Petrocchi has a Master's degree and a Ph.D in Psychology obtained at the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milan. Her research interests include psycho-social determinants of mental and physical health and decision-making processes in health contexts. She has conducted research on doctor-patient relationships, interpersonal trust, empathy, social support, and interpersonal dynamics. She also studied adherence to medical regime both in adults and children/adolescents.
Besides research, Dr. Petrocchi is the coordinator of the Master in Cognitive Psychology in Health Communication. She also serves as a Tutor of the Field Projects and Tutor of the students of the Master in Cognitive Psychology in Health Communication.
She is affiliated to the Laboratory of Applied Psychology and Intervention (Università del Salento) and she has taught several courses at the Faculty of Psychology of the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milan, and at the Faculty of Medicine of the Università degli Studi, Milan.