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Francesca Scalici


Dr. Francesca Scalici is Head of the Equal Opportunities Service of the Università della Svizzera italiana (USI), where she is currently in charge of the management and promotion of project concerning equality, diversity and inclusion, work-life balance, and support of women's' academic career.

In march 2017, dr. Scalici obtained her Phd in Communication Sciences at Università della Svizzera italiana (USI), Institute of  Communication and Health. Her main areas of research are: adolescents' tobacco use and social norms, family interventions and parents-child communication for adolescents' tobacco prevention, public health.

From 2013 to 2023 she was scientific collaborator at the Equal opportunities Service of USI.

From 2008 to 2013, Dr. Scalici worked as research assistant at the Health Department (ex DSAN) of University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland (SUPSI) where she was involved in teaching activities in the course "Research, methodology and research project management " (bachelor course for second year students). During this period, she also was scientific collaborator for a research project founded by FNS developed in collaboration with and Haute école spécialisée de Suisse occidentale (HES-SO) entitled «L´allocation de ressources dans le système de santé suisse - Le financement des soins dans les Etablissement médicaux sociaux et pour les soins a à domicile».

Dr. Scalici studied Political science at the University of Palermo, and she continued her education by attending an interdisciplinary Master degree in Public Management (MAP) at the University of Geneva.



Scalici, F. (2019). Educare i figli senza fumo: studio sulla comunicazione genitore – figlio per la prevenzione del tabagismo giovanile.

Scalici, F., Schulz, P.J. (2017) Parents' and peers' normative influence on adolescents' smoking: results from a Swiss-italian sample of adolescents.

Scalici, F., Schulz, P.J. (2016). Test d'acquisto alcol e tabacco Ticino (Protocollo di studio e sondaggio).

Scalici, F., Schulz, P.J. (2016). School tobacco policies and adolescents' intention to smoke.

Scalici, F., Schulz, P.J.(2014). School policies Survey, Ticino Middle schools.

Scalici, F., Schulz, P.J. (2014). Perceived parents’ and  peer approval and intention to smoke among middle schools adolescents in the Italian  region of Switzerland.

Scalici, F., Schulz, P.J. (2012). “Tabacco e Giovani”. Indagine sul consumo  di tabacco dei giovani delle scuole medie ticinesi 2012.

Scalici, F., Schulz, P.J. (2011). Survey on Tobacco consumption, Ticino middle schools.