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Structure Department of General Psychology
Telephone 0498276654
Qualification Ricercatore a tempo determinato di tipo B
Scientific sector M-PSI/03 - PSYCHOMETRICS
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Notice and additional information
The office hours of Wednesday 10th July 2019 is anticipated to 12.00

Office hours
Wednesday from 14:00 to 16:00 Dipartimento di Psicologia Generale - Via Venezia 8 - Sesto Piano - Stanza 06 008
(updated on 23/08/2017 16:21)

Proposals for thesis
- Formal Psychological Assessment;
- Threshold Personality Trait;
- Item Response Theory;
- Theoretical developments of Knowledge Space Theory and Formal Concept Analysis;
- Experimental Psychology (Cognitive Vulnerability);
- Research Methodology;
- Inter-rater agreement and content validity;
- Perceptual and attentive processes involved riding training in a virtual environment

Curriculum Vitae

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· Bachelor Degree in Psychological Sciences of Personality and Interpersonal Relations (Faculty of Psychology, University of Padua, 2001-2004, 110/110 cum laude);
· Master Degree in Clinical Psychology (Faculty of Psychology, University of Padua, 2004-2006, 110/110 cum laude);
· PhD in Psychological Science - Experimental Psychology (University of Padua, 2008-2010);
· PsyD in Cognitive and Behavioral Psychotherapy (Institute for Cognitive and Behavioral Therapy, Padua).

· Assistant Professor (RTDb; SSD: M-PSI/03 Psychometrics) at the Department of General Psychology (University of Padua, 2017-Present);

· Research Assistant (Junior) at the Department of General Psychology (University of Padua, 2011-2013);
· Research Assistant (Senior) at the Department of General Psychology (University of Padua, 2013-30/11/2014);
· Assistant Professor (RTDa; SSD: M-PSI/03 Psychometrics) at the Department of General Psychology (University of Padua, 2014-2017);
· Psychotherapist at the Cognitive and Behavioral Therapy Service of the Department og General Psychology (University of Padua, 2016 – Present)

· Computerized statistical data analysis (4CFU); Faculty of Psychology (University of Padua; Academic Year 2009-2010);
· 6 Hours Seminar in Psychological Research Techniques and Data Analysis (1 CFU); Faculty of Psychology (University of Padua; Academic Year 2009-2010);
· Courses of “Methods in Psychotherapy”, “History of Psychological Measurement”, “Psychodiagnostics using the CBA 2.0 Primary Scales”, “Psychodiagnostics using the MCMI-III”, “CBA-OE and CBA-Y” at the Institute for Cognitive and Behavioral Therapy (Padua), Miller Institute (Genoa and Florence), and ASIPSE Institute (Milan) since 2013 to present.
· Basic Research Methods in Psychology (6 CFU); The course was taught in English within the Bachelor in Psychological Science – School of Psychology (University of Padua; Academic Year 2015-2016)
· Psychometrics (10 CFU); The course was taught in English within the Bachelor in Psychological Science – School of Psychology (University of Padua; Academic Year 2016-2017 and 2017-2018)

Research areas
· Traffic psychology, hazard awareness and detection and perception in simulation riding tasks with particular attention to novice and vulnerable road users;
· Mathematical Psychology with special attention to discrete models in knowledge representation such as Knowledge Space Theory and Formal Concept Analysis;
· Application of mathematical psychology methods in psychological assessment using the Formal Psychological Assessment;
· Identifiability of Probabilistic Models related to Knowledge Space Theory, Cognitive Diagnostic Models and Item Response Theory;
· Inter-rater agreement: development of a new methodology to estimate the agreement based on the effect of rater’s threshold and theoretical beliefs;
· Psychometrics with particular focus on Rasch Models and Structural Equation Models;
· Psychological testing (questionnaires for depression, social anxiety, body dysmorphic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder)
· Perception and Psychophysics with particular focus on Poggendorff illusion;
· Cognitive Behavioral Assessment (mathematical & statistical procedure for computer aided interviews & automatic assessment).


1) Granziol, U., Spoto, A., & Vidotto, G. (2018). The assessment of nonverbal behavior in schizophrenia through the Formal Psychological Assessment. International Journal of Methods in Psychiatric Research, 27 (1), art. no. e1595.

2) Stefanutti, L., Spoto, A., & Vidotto, G. (2018). Detecting and explaining BLIM's unidentifiability: Forward and backward parameter transformation groups. Journal of Mathematical Psychology, 82, 38-51.

3) Cipolletta, S., Spina, G., & Spoto, A. (2018). Psychosocial functioning, self-image, and quality of life in children and adolescents with neurofibromatosis type 1. Child: Care, Health and Development, 44 (2), 260-268.

4) Rugani, R., Castiello, R., Priftis, K., Spoto, A., & Sartori, L. (2017). What is a number? The interplay between number and continuous magnitudes. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 40, 39-40.

5) Guerra, S., Spoto, A., Parma, V., Straulino, E., & Castiello, U. (2017). In sync or not in sync? Illusory body ownership in autism spectrum disorder. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, 41-42, 1-7.

6) Moscardino, U., Spoto, A., Pellegrini, S., & Regolin, L. (2017). Internationalization of psychology in Italy: An exploratory investigation [L'internazionalizzazione della psicologia In Italia: Un'indagine esplorativa]. Giornale Italiano di Psicologia, 44 (4), 805-821.

7) Gianfranchi, E., Tagliabue, M., Spoto, A., & Vidotto, G. (2017). Sensation seeking, non-contextual decision making, and driving abilities as measured through a moped simulator. Frontiers in Psychology, 8 (DEC), art. no. 2126.

8) Granziol, U., Bottesi, G., Serra, F., Spoto, A., & Vidotto, G. (2017). New perspectives on the assessment of the social anxiety disorder: The formal psychological assessment. Journal of Evidence-Based Psychotherapies, 17 (2), 53-68.

9) Gatta, M., Balottin, L., Mannarini, S., Chesani, G., Del Col, L., Spoto, A., & Battistella, P.A. (2017). Familial factors relating to alexithymic traits in adolescents with psychiatric disorders. Clinical Psychologist, 21 (3), 252-262.

10) Gianfranchi, E., Spoto, A., & Tagliabue, M. (2017). Risk profiles in novice road users: Relation between moped riding simulator performance, on-road aberrant behaviors and dangerous driving. Transportation Research Part F, 49, 132-144.

11) Serra, F., Spoto, A., Ghisi, M., & Vidotto, G. (2017). Improving major depressive episode assessment: A new tool developed by formal psychological assessment. Frontiers in Psychology, 8 (FEB), art. no. 214.

12) Gatta, M., Spoto, A., Colombo, E., Penzo, M., & Battistella, P.A. (2017). The Dysfunction of Emotional Expression as a Related Factor for Alcohol Misuse in Young Adolescents. Journal of Child and Adolescent Substance Abuse, 26 (1), 30-40.

13) Donadello, I., Spoto, A., Sambo, F., Badaloni, S., Granziol, U., & Vidotto, G. (2017). ATS-PD: An Adaptive Testing System for Psychological Disorders. Educational and Psychological Measurement, 77 (5), 792-815.

14) de Chiusole, D., Stefanutti, L., & Spoto, A. (2017). A class of k-modes algorithms for extracting knowledge structures from data. Behavior Research Methods, 49 (4), 1212-1226

List of taught course units in A.Y. 2019/20
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