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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 7th, 14th and 21st August 2019 are cancelled. Next office hours will be on Wednesday 28th August.

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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