Psychological and Social Sciences

Psychological and Social Sciences Faculty

Chair of the Department

Paola Castelli 2011
Associate Professor of Psychology
Laurea, University of Rome “La Sapienza”, 1998
Ph.D., University of California, Davis, 2009
Email: [email protected]


Isabella Clough Marinaro 2006
Professor of Sociology and Italian Studies
B.A., Bath University, UK, 1994
Ph.D., Bath University, UK, 2006
Email: [email protected]

Carmen Franzese 2017
Lecturer in Psychology
Laurea, Second University of Naples, 2006
Ph.D., University of Naples “Federico II,” 2011
Email: [email protected]

Jenn Lindsay 2018
Lecturer in Sociology
B.A., Stanford University, 2001
Certificate in Theatre Management, Yale University, 2005 
M.Div., Union Theological Seminary, 2011 
Master 2nd Level Diploma, La Sapienza University, 2017
Ph.D., Boston University, 2018  
Email: [email protected]

Elaine Luti 1999
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychology
B.F.A., Massachusetts College of Art, 1970
Laurea, University of Rome "La Sapienza," 1980
Email: [email protected]

Nicola Petrocchi 2015
Lecturer in Psychology
Laurea, University of Rome "La Sapienza,” 2005
Specialization in Cognitive Behavioral Psychotherapy at School of Cognitive Psychotherapy (APC-SPC), Rome, 2012.
Ph.D., University of Rome "La Sapienza,” 2015
Email: [email protected]

Ferruccio Trabalzi 2011
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Sociology
Laurea, University of Rome "La Sapienza," 1992
M.A., University California Los Angeles, 1994
Ph.D., University California Los Angeles, 2000
Email: [email protected]

Paola Castelli

Paola Castelli

Associate Professor of Psychology

Laurea, University of Rome “La Sapienza”, 1998
Ph.D., University of California, Davis, 2009
Email: [email protected]

Prof. Castelli’s research interests lie in the areas of cognitive development and psychology and law. Specifically, she is interested in understanding the development of psychological processes underlying children’s memory accuracy. Her work focuses on the memorial and metamemorial processes involved in the formation and rejection of false memories, and aims to clarify the conditions through which existing memories are more (or less) likely to become distorted. Results from this line of investigation also help highlight the conditions under which children’s accuracy as witnesses can be compromised, or maintained.

Selected Publications
Castelli, P., Ghetti, S. (2014). Resisting imagination and confabulation. Effects of metacognitive training.Journal of Experimental Child Psychology

Castelli, P., & Goodman, G. S. (2014). Children's perceived emotional behavior at disclosure and prosecutor's evaluation. Child Abuse & Neglect.

Ghetti, S., Castelli, P., & Lyons, K.E. (2010). Knowing about not remembering: Developmental dissociations in lack-of memory monitoring. Developmental Science, 3, 611-621.

Ghetti, S., & Castelli, P. (2006). Developmental differences in false-event rejection: Effects of memorability-based warning. Memory, 14, 762-776.

Goodman, G. S., Myers, J. E. B., Qin, J. J., Quas, J. A., Castelli, P., & Redlich, A (2006). Effects of children’s testimony versus hearsay on jurors’ decisions. Law and Human Behavior, 30, 363-401.

Castelli, P., Goodman, G. S., Edelstein, R. S., Mitchell, E., Paz-Alonso, P. M., Lyons, K. E., & Newton, J. W. (2006). Evaluating eyewitness testimony in adults and children. In A. K. Hess and I. B. Weiner (Eds.), The Handbook of Forensic Psychology (3rd ed.) (pp.243-304). NY: Wiley.

Castelli, P., Goodman, G.S., & Ghetti, S. (2005). Effects of interview style and witness age on perceptions of children’s credibility in sexual abuse cases. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 35, 297-319.