Social-psychologist, and criminologist, she is scientific director of Themis Research Centre, an interdisciplinary research lab in psychology and criminology, and co-founder – with Enrico Nardelli, full professor in computer science at University of Rome Tor Vergata - of Link&Think Research Lab, focused on socio-technical analysis of information technologies and informatics education (computational thinking).
She is expert in human factor, safety and security awareness, and in communication. Her cutting-edge research areas include: cybercrime and cybersecurity, risk perception, psychosocial risk factors (technostress, bullying), social media and corporate reputation.
She has been a lecturer in social psychology at University of L’Aquila for about ten years. She lectures in industrial training programs and academic masters such as Master in “Economical intelligence” at University of Rome, Tor Vergata, Italy and Master in “Homeland Security” at University Bio-Medical Campus of Rome.
She is responsible for the educational project in schools “Programma il Futuro” (by CINI, Interuniversity Consortium for Informatics, and MIUR, Ministry of Education, University and Research) of the aspects dealing with the responsible use of digital technologies.
She is member of several technical committee (e.g. CeSIntES, University of Rome Tor Vergata) and editorial advisory board (e.g. InSciencePress, Editorial Advisory Board, Construction of Social Psychology).
She has written many papers and books on the expertise areas. She is also the editor of a book series on reputation with Franco Angeli, a major Italian publishing house, whose most recent volume is on the Internet of things (Internet delle cose. Dati, sicurezza e reputazione, 2017) and scientific director of the digital magazine Reputation Today.