Assoc. Prof Dr. Giorgia Silani

Deputy Head - Department of Clinical and Health Psychology
Head of the Research Unit for Clinical Social Neuroscience (CSN)

T: +43-1-4277-47223

E: giorgia.silani@univie.ac.at

Office: Liebiggasse 5, 1010 Wien, Room O3.47

Office hours: on appointment

Department of Clinical and Health Psychology

Liebiggasse 5

1010 Vienna

 Research interests

  • Neural foundations of social cognition and social emotions
  • Empathy and prosocial behaviors
  • Neurodiversity (e.g. autism)
  • Reward processing and clinical conditions related to it (e.g. Anorexia Nervosa)

 Professional experience

09/2022 – present Deputy head of the Department of Clinical and Health Psychology, Faculty of Psychology, University of Vienna, Austria.
09/2020 – present Associate Professor and Head of the Clinical Social Neuroscience Unit (CNS unit), Department of Clinical and Health Psychology, Faculty of Psychology, University of Vienna, Austria.
09/2019 - 11/2019 Collaboration of Excellence Visiting Scholar, Scuola Internazionale Superiore di Studi Avanzati, Trieste, Italy.
05/2018 – 08/2020 Assistant Professor with tenure track and Head of the Clinical Social Neuroscience Unit (CNS unit), Department of Clinical and Health Psychology, Faculty of Psychology, University of Vienna, Austria.
05/2014 - 04/2018 Senior post-doc and Head of the Clinical Social Neuroscience Unit (CNS unit), Department of Applied Psychology: Health, Development, Enhancement and Intervention, University of Vienna, Austria.
08/2010 - 12/2015 Senior Researcher (Ricercatore a Tempo Determinato) and Head of the Collective Emotions and Social Cognitive Neuroscience Lab, Scuola Internazionale Superiore di Studi Avanzati, Trieste, Italy.
02/2007 - 07/2010 Research Fellow (“Post-doc”), Laboratory for Social and Neural Systems Research, University of Zurich, Switzerland.
06/2006 - 12/2006 Research Fellow (“Post-doc”), Wellcome Department of Imaging Neuroscience, University College London, UK.
10/2004 - 05/2006 Visiting Doctoral Student, Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, University College London, UK.
01/2002 - 02/2006 Doctoral Student in Cognitive Neuroscience, Department of Psychology, University of Milan-Bicocca, Milan, Italy.
09/1999 - 12/2001 Clinical neuropsychologist, Neuropsychology Laboratory, Niguarda Hospital, Milan, Italy.
07/1998 - 08/1999 Clinical neuropsychologist, Neurological Rehabilitation Department, Tradate Hospital, Varese, Italy.

 Education

06/2017 Habilitation for attainment of Venia Legendi in Psychology, University of Vienna, Austria
02/2006 Ph.D. in Cognitive Neuroscience (summa cum laude), University of Milan-Bicocca, Milan, Italy.
02/1998 M.Sc. in Clinical Psychology (summa cum laude), University of Turin, Italy.

 Awards and Stipends

December 2021 International Social Research Prize, Lugano, CH
2008 Best Poster Award at the Italian Interdisciplinary Network on Alzheimer Disease (ITINAD) conference, Italy
June 2002 Best Poster Award at the AIP (Italian Psychological Association), Italy

 Certificates

01/2005 Certificate of Psychotherapist upon completion of four-year postgraduate course in psychotherapy, Institute for the Person-Centered Approach (founded by Carl Rogers), Varese, Italy.
09/2003 Certificate of Clinical Psychologist, University of Turin, Italy.

 Publications

2021