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Laura Marciano


Laura Marciano obtained her PhD at the Faculty of Communication Sciences at USI - Università della Svizzera italiana. At the Institute of Public Health (IPH), she collaborated on the MEDIATICINO2.0 project, funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF). 

She did her graduate studies at Vita-Salute San Raffaele University (Milan, Italy), where, in 2014, she obtained a Bachelor's degree in Psychology and, in 2016, a Master's degree in Cognitive Neuroscience with Laude et Menzione ad Honorem. In October 2021, she defended her PhD thesis in Health Communication at USI Lugano, in which she investigated the link between digital media use and personality. Starting from January 2022, she holds an SNSF Postdoc Fellowship position at Harvard Chan T.H. School of Public Health, Boston (USA), where she studies the link between digital media use and happiness in young people. She is the main investigator of the HappyB project.


Laura Marciano's research focuses on two areas:

1. New media and well-being among youth

MEDIATICINO2.0 is a longitudinal study on the impact of new media use on the well-being of adolescents in Canton Ticino; financed by the SNSF.

Digital Lives is an experimental study on the perceptions of smartphone-mediated communication among young adults in Canton Ticino; financed by the SNSF.

- Are you connected? Towards a smart use of the smartphone among children and adolescents. This AGORA project aims at underlining the importance of a responsible use of the smartphone, especially among children and adolescents. The project is based on the results of the MEDIATICINO2.0 study, and it is financed by the Swiss National Science Foundation. The project includes three activities to promote a conscious smartphone use, in collaboration with L'ideatorio, and several meetings where researchers will enter into dialogue with citizens, in collaboration with Lugano Living Lab.

-HappyB: Being, Body, and Brain. The goal of this study is to investigate how the use of new technologies, smartphones and social media in particular, is "also" linked to adolescent well-being conceptualized in a positive way and over time. The project, funded by the Swiss National Research Fund (SNSF), starts in January 2022 and lasts 24 months. The project is carried out in collaboration with the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health (Boston, USA)

2. Health promotion and prevention

#iorestoacasa ai tempi del Coronavirus is a study on the impact of the obligation to stay at home during the COVID-19 pandemic on habits and the psycho-physical health of adolescents and young adults in Italy and Canton Ticino; financed by Ethica Data.