Clone of Laboratories and Research Centres

The “Riccardo Massa” Department of Human Sciences for Education is home to a number of Laboratories and Research Centres that are actively engaged in research and training.

Bambini Bicocca was founded in 2005 as an early childhood education service for the university and surrounding area, and as a laboratory that offers training, explores innovative ways of organizing and managing early childhood facilities and conducts research on the training of early childhood educators.

HeadsSusanna Mantovani and Piera Braga

Building U16 – ground floor

CESCOM (Centre for Studies in Communication Sciences) is the outcome of over twenty years’ experience of theoretical, experimental and applied research in the psychology of communications, the psychology of emotions and cross-cultural psychology.

Building U6 – Fourth Floor – Room 4112
Tel. 02 6448 4876

LISP (Laboratorio Informatico di Sperimentazione Pedagogica e Psicologica – ICT for Education Lab) was set up in the 2004-05 academic year as part of the former Faculty of Educational Science. The laboratory’s mission is to conduct research on the application of digital technologies to learning. It is equipped with 10 workstations and two servers for the use of academic staff, PhD students and undergraduate students participating in the Department’s research projects in this area of enquiry.

Building U6 – Fourth Floor – Room 4A
Tel. 02 6448 4852

The Research Laboratory for Developmental and Educational Psychology is dedicated to the study of the developmental mechanisms involved in children’s acquisition of theory-of-mind and socio-emotional competences. It also draws on evidence-based findings to develop intervention programmes to be implemented at home, in schools and in other educational settings, in order to promote children’s cognitive, socio-emotional and relational skills.

HeadIlaria Grazzani

The RobotiCSS Lab – Laboratory of Robotics for the Cognitive and Social Sciences – is devoted to the methodological and epistemological analysis of the social and scientific applications of robotics.

HeadEdoardo Datteri

VIOLE-LAB is an educational laboratory on violence against children. A group of academic researchers in the educational field, with the involvement of eight universities, conceived and promoted it. In order to contrast violence against children and safeguard children’s rights it promotes research, training and measures.

Head: Elisabetta Biffi

Il Laboratorio di Ricerca “PLURAL-MENTE” promuove l’approfondimento delle complesse interazioni tra Filosofia e Psicologia nelle loro diverse branche e articolazioni.

Responsabile: Marco Castiglioni
Referente per il Dip. di Psicologia: Mauro Antonelli
Referente interno per l’Area Filosofica: Mario Vergani

Health Conflict and Psychology (He.Co.Psy)
Building U6 - Fourth Floor - Room 4164
Tel. +39 0264484800
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Health Conflict and Psychology (He.Co.Psy) is a laboratory of clinical psychology, enthnopsychology, and human rights.

The laboratory aims to develop pathways of research, teaching and clinical activity, and psychosocial intervention within a perspective of critical analysis of human rights, focusing on social injustice and structural inequality and their impact on people’s mental health and well-being, on both the national and international territory.

Head: Guido Veronese

This laboratory aims to promote academic and clinical activities in the fields of clinical psychology, health, and diversity. Minority groups and discriminated indigenous groups are the privilege – but not exclusive – subjects of our attention and our clinical and psychosocial interventions: migrants, displaced people and refugees, ethnic and religious minorities, LGBTIQ+ groups, marginalized groups from the metropolitan peripheries, over-exploited workers in sectors of social production and reproduction, and women and children victims of violence, exploitation, and trafficking.

Through different perspectives, from ethno-psychology and critical ethno-psychiatry, socio-constructivist models, to theoretical and clinical paths on political violence and victims of torture, the activity of our laboratory aims to build opportunities and projects for exchange, discussion, debate, training, and intervention in the field. More specifically, among the activities, the laboratory will focus on: the processes of global migration and the consequent health care policies in Europe; countries affected by armed conflicts and political violence and the health care practices adopted in these contexts; the psychological care pathways analyzed through the lenses of gender studies and queer studies; the state of psychological and general health in contexts of social and economic inequalities and consistent violations of human rights.

He.Co.Psy’s scientific committee is made up of

Internal Members:

Guido Veronese, Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca (Responsabile del Progetto)
Laura Formenti, Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca
Stefano Malatesta, Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca
Alessandro Pepe, Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca
Eleonora Farina, Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca

Research Affiliates:

Loredana Addimando, Scuola Universitaria professionale della Svizzera Italiana (SUPSI)
Mohammed Altawil, University of Hertfordshire, UK
Ashraf Kagee, Stellenbosh University, SA
Fayez Mahamid, An-Najah University, PAL
Cindy Sousa, Bryn Mawr College, PH
Alessandra Testoni, Ministry of Foreign Affair, IT
Marzia Vigliaroni, UNHCR, NIger
Ron Smith, Bucknell University

Temporary Research Members:

Federica Cavazzoni, Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca
Dario Firenze, Università degli Studi di Torino
Alberto Mascena, Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca
Hania Al-Essawi, Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca
Hala Kittaneh, Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca

The methodological approach adopted within the different activities will be participatory and co-constructed research methods: in a permanent and inseparable relationship between theory and practice, research, teaching and clinical and community activities and interventions will be build working collaboratively with participants in the co-constructed research process. The areas of work on which our efforts will be focused are divided into three main areas closely interconnected to each other: research, training, and clinical/consulting activities. The laboratory pays particular attention to fieldwork in at-risk areas – such as in contexts of low-intensity conflict and military occupation – where the mental health of the professionals involved in emergency missions might be compromised.

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Project coordinator:

Guido Veronese
Università di Milano-Bicocca
Dipartimento di Scienze Umane per la Formazione “Riccardo Massa”
piazza dell’Ateneo Nuovo 1
20126 Milano