Our Team

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Andrea Guzzetta, MD, PhD

Director | Neuropsychiatrist 

As a Child Neuropsychiatrist with a joint appointment from the University of Pisa Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Prof. Guzzetta leads the SMILE Lab, Infant Neurology Section  and the Clinical Trials CP Center at IRCCS Stella Maris research Institute. He maintains clinical, research, and administration responsibilities. He has >150 publications in child neurology focusing on the effects of early brain damage on the development of different functions (motor, visual) and the underlying neuroplastic mechanisms with an overall aim of improving early intervention paradigms.

Email: a.guzzetta@fsm.unipi.it



Camilla Antonelli, MD

Neuropsychiatrist | PhD Student

Email: c.antonelli@inpe.unipi.it


Ada Bancale,TNPEE

Psychomotor Therapist

My field of interest is Developmental Care and early intervention, assessment and early treatment of cerebral visual impairment. I take part in several projects with the aim to promote development in babies at the neurological risk.


Email: abancale@fsm.unipi.it



Olena Chorna, MM, CCRP

Research Support Manager | Music Therapist

Giulia Corsi,TNPEE

Psychomotor Therapist | Vision Projects Assistant 


Email: gcorsi@fsm.unipi.it



Federica D'Acunto, TNPEE

Psychomotor Therapist 

In addition to clinical work with young patients, I collaborate on several research projects that deal with the study of the typical and pathological development of the infants. During this period I am part of a study which aims to identify potential early markers for autism, coordinating also recruitment, intervention and patient follow-up.

Email: federica.dacunto@fsm.unipi.it



Sabrina Del Secco, TNPEE

Psychomotor Therapist | Research Assistant


Fabrizia Festante, PhD

Neurobiologist | Post Doctoral Fellow

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Simona Fiori, MD, PhD



Viviana Marchi, MD

Neuropsychiatrist | PhD Student

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Sara Mazzotti, PhD


The focus of my research is the early psychological development of infants and children with typical development and developmental disabilities. My field of interest and work concerns also the effects of child disability on parental mental health and wellness of the family and its dynamics.

Email: smazzotti@fsm.unipi.it



Elena Moretti

Speech Therapist

The focus of my research is the diagnosis and early intervention of disorders of infant language. I observe also the moment of the meal of infants in order to better understand their food management skills, trying to promote child development and relationship.

Email: emoretti@fsm.unipi.it



Martina Orlando, TNPEE

Psychomotor Therapist 

​My main research interests concern the monitoring of child at neurological risk and early intervention. I especially deal with the evaluation/treatment of motor and psychomotor problems paying specific attention to hand function.

Email: morlando@fsm.unipi.it


Julie Paradis, OT, PhD

Occupational Therapist | Post-doctoral fellowship

I am a post-doctoral fellowship interested at neurological changes in the brain of children with cerebral palsy aged 1 year to 4 years old after a specific intensive motor-skill learning intervention. This intervention, named HABIT-ILE (Hand-Arm Bimanual Intensive Intervention-Including Lower Extremities), has already proven its efficacy with older  children in the improvement of motor  outcomes and induced changes at the neurological level.

Email: jparadis@fsm.unipi.it


Aurora Scabia

Psychologist | Research Assistant

I collaborate in a research project that aims to identify possible early markers of autism, in a population of typically developing children and with low risk factors. I also deal with supporting some research projects carried out in our laboratory. Currently I also carry out some clinical psychological consultations under the supervision of the senior psychologist.

Email: ascabia@fsm.unipi.it



Elisa Sicola, TNPEE

Psychomotor Therapist 

My main research interests include the study of the child hand function (both typical and with brain injury at birth) and early intervention. I am currently involved in a multicenter study which aims to develop new methods of assessment of hand function in infants.

Email: e.sicola@fsm.unipi.it



GessicaTealdi, TNPEE

Psychomotor Therapist | Clinical Case Manager

In addition to my clinical responsibilities as a Case Manager, my research areas of interest include study of the spontaneous motor activity and the development of intentional infant behaviors (both in the typical population and in children with congenital lesion). 

Email: gessica.tealdi@fsm.unipi.it



Sara Vantaggioli, TNPEE

Psychomotor Therapist 

The focus of my research is early intervention. I carry out monitoring of the development in the neonatology ward of Pisa Hospital and I deal with the follow-up of preterm and/or at developmental risk born in the above mentioned neonatology ward.

Email: svantaggioli@fsm.unipi.it


Collaboration is at the forefront of our team approach

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