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Dott.ssa Manuela Pasinetti – CV – English

Personal Information

Manuela Pasinetti
Born in Bergamo (BG), Italy, 16.12.1980

Work experience

December 2006 – Ongoing

Clinical Psychologist and Cognitive-Behavioural Psychotherapist

Main activities

  • Psychodiagnosis for adults and adolescents: Psychological evaluation using clinical and diagnostic interviews, and standardised Italian and American psychological tests
  • Individual and couples counselling
  • Individual psychotherapy with adults and adolescents: anxiety disorders, mood disorders, eating disorders, sexual disorders, drug addiction and new behavioural addiction, issues related to sexual orientation, personality disorders
  • Counselling and psychotherapy both in Italian and English

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October 2009 – Ongoing

Recreational Drugs European Network (ReDNet) Research Project – Prof Fabrizio Schifano (supervisor), University of Hertfordshire (UH), School of Pharmacy, College Lane Campus, Hatfield, Herts, AL10 9AB, UK

European Commission funded project

Visiting Research Assistant

Main activities and responsibilities

  • Administrator of the Facebook page “ReDNet Research Project
  • Desktop publishing and graphic design for various type of communications (e.g. ReDNet newsletters, leaflets) for different sectors of the public
  • Monitoring of information sources about new psychoactive substances
  • Content contribution to technical folders and reports
  • Content contribution to the publication of research papers in scientific journals
  • Writing sections of grant applications
  • Speaker at the lecture on “Drugs on the Internet: new challenges for mental health professionals”, with a workshop entitled “MDPV”, Foundations in Working with Dual Diagnosis, Middlesex University, School of Health and Social Sciences, Department of Mental Health, Social Work and Inter-professional Learning, London, UK (November 2010)
  • Seminar for clinical professionals on “Buying drugs on the Internet: a new phenomenon out-of-control?” (in Italian), A.T. Beck Institute, Rome, Italy (June 2010)

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May 2011 – April 2012

European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA) – Prevalence, consequences and data management (EPI) unit, Cais do Sodré, 1249-289 Lisboa, Portugal –  Head of Unit: Julian Vicente

European Agency

Main activities and responsibilities

  • Analysis of data collection questionnaires used by EU member states in general population surveys
  • Comparative analysis of the European Model Questionnaire with the questionnaires used by EU Member States to collect data about the general population use of illegal drugs, tobacco and alcohol
  • Analysis of the data available regarding the use of drugs in prisons in the EU
  • Analysis of the data available to the European Community and bibliographic research regarding HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis and other infectious diseases
  • Bibliographic research on the comorbidity between psychiatric disorders and drug use in European prisons and worldwide
  • Bibliographic research on the comorbidity between psychiatric disorders and substance use and abuse in the clinical population as well as in the general population
  • Contribution to the publication of research papers in scientific journals
  • Drafting of articles for the “selected issues” publication of the EMCDDA on “Drug use among the prison populations”
  • Preparatory analysis and presentation of results at expert meetings

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September 2010 – March 2011

The Mindfulness Project “Can Mindfulness Heal Drug Addiction?” – Dr Ornella Corazza (supervisor), University of Hertfordshire (UH), School of Pharmacy, College Lane Campus, Hatfield, Herts, AL10 9AB, UK

Project granted by the UH Proof of Concept (2010)

Research Assistant

Main activities and responsibilities

  • Assess relevant research needs and opportunities for prevention and therapeutic techniques in drug addiction field
  • Design the activity plan: develop a list of all activities planned during every session as well as pre and post training assessment
  • Allocate tasks for individual team members
  • Preparation of leaflets
  • Speaker at the lecture on “Mindfulness”, with a workshop entitled “MBSR and MBCT: Application of Mindfulness in Psychotherapy”, Foundations in Working with Dual Diagnosis, Middlesex University, School of Health and Social Sciences, Department of Mental Health, Social Work and Inter-professional Learning, London, UK (March 2011)

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March 2005 – January 2009

Mrs Antonella Montano (director), A.T. Beck Institute, via Gioberti 54, Roma, 00165, Italy

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) Institute

Clinical Psychologist / Researcher

Main activities and responsibilities

  • Assessment and psychological interviews with adults and adolescents
  • Psycho-diagnosis using the principal Cognitive Behavioural Therapy tests and questionnaires (MMPI-2, SCID-II, MCMI III, BDI-2, BAI, STAI X-1, STAI X-2, BIG FIVE QUESTIONNAIRE, WAIS-II, CBA 2.0)
  • Creator and facilitator of Windows Power-Point based courses and workshops about homosexuality and homophobia, assertive training, basis of CBT, assessment and treatment of sexual diseases, drug addiction, couple therapy, mindfulness, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy, and trans-cultural psychology.
  • Research activities: (a) Organisation and implementation of the project “SOS Homophobia” through the activation of a helpline for homosexual people, together with Arcigay Rome (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Association) and the Municipality of Rome; (b) “Cross-Cultural Study on Cognitive and Emotional Factors of Male and Female Sexual Dysfunction”, together with five sex therapy clinics from several countries and continents.
  • Organisation of the “6th International Congress of Cognitive Psychotherapy (ICCP2008)”, Rome, June 2008
  • Lecture on “Computer Laboratory”, CBT Postgraduate Specialisation Course, A.T. Beck Institute, Rome, Italy (December 2008 – October 2010)
  • Training in “Administration and Survey Techniques”, hosted by the Ministry of Public Instruction, Rome, Italy (January/February, 2007)
  • “Psychodiagnostic Training”, Humantrainer Institute, Rome, Italy. The internship involved: anamnesis, psychological interviews, description and use of the main psychodiagnostic tests (MMPI-2, SCID-II, BIG FIVE QUESTIONNAIRE, WAIS, CBA 2.0) (November, 2005)

Education and training

2006 – 2010

A.T. Beck Institute, Rome, Italy (Psychotherapist qualification course recognised by the Italian Ministry of Education and Research)

Principal subjects/occupational skills covered

  • Theoretical and practical preparation for working in the clinical and scientific research field
  • DSM-IV-TR Axis I Disorders, Personality Disorders, Mindfulness, Evidence-Based Therapy, Schema Therapy, Trans-cultural Psychology, Forensic Psychology, Statistics and Psychometrics, Psycho-oncology, Psychotherapy of Pain and Loss, Emergency Psychology, Internet and Drug Addiction, Work Life Balance, Work and Organisational Psychology
  • Learning how to construct and administer a wide range of specific tests for adults, children and adolescents
  • IT skills for activities related with clinical research, scientific publications, and presentation of contributions to national and international conferences, including statistical tools (e.g. SPSS).
  • Training in a residential treatment centre for people with chronic psychosis, schizophrenia and other severe mental illnesses (Comunità di Convivenza “Corviale”, Dipartimento di Salute Mentale ASL RM D, Rome, Italy)

Title of qualification awarded

Qualification as Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist

Level in national or international classification

ISCED 6 – European

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November 2006

The Italian Psychology Board, Rome, Italy – Albo degli Psicologi del Lazio, sez. A, dal 29/11/2006, n° 14437

Title of qualification awarded

Qualification as Clinical Psychologist, Italy

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1999 – 2005

University of Study Milan-Bicocca, Milan, Italy

Principal subjects/occupational skills covered

  • Experimental, social, developmental, forensic and clinical psychology
  • Base and advanced statistics including computer-based analysis tools (e.g. SPSS), psychometric analysis
  • Questionnaire building methodology
  • Thesis: “Psychometric Evaluation of a Body Image Questionnaire in a Sample of Men with Different Sexual Orientation”

Title of qualification awarded 

Bachelor of Clinical Psychology

Level in national or international classification

ISCED 5 – European

Attended conferences and training

2011

  • EU expert meeting on the EMCDDA key epidemiological indicator Problem Drug Use (PDU), hosted by EMCDDA, Lisbon, Portugal (October, 2011)
  • 2011 Annual Expert Meeting, Prevalence and Pattern of Drug Use among General Population, hosted by EMCDDA, Lisbon, Portugal (June, 2011)

2010

  • EABCT 2010, XL Congress of European Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Therapies, hosted by EABCT (European Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Therapies), Milan, Italy (October 2010)
  • Two-Day Workshop on “Developing skills in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy”, taught by Steven C. Hayes, University College London, London, UK (September 2010)
  • Workshop on “Assertive Communication”, facilitated by Helen Charlwood, University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield, UK (May, 2010)
  • Workshop on “Zen Brain Reflections. Mechanism, Experience and Transformations”, taught by Professor James Austin, Colet House, London, UK (March, 2010)

2008

  • 6th International Congress of Cognitive Psychotherapy, hosted by A.T.Beck Institute, IPSICO (Institute of Psychology and Behavioral and Cognitive Psychotherapy) and IACP (International Association for Cognitive Psychotherapy) Rome, Italy (June, 2008)

2007

  • XIV AIAMC National Congress “Homo Post Technologicus. What are changing in Psychotherapy?”, hosted by AIAMC (Italian Association for Behavioral Analysis, Modification and Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies), Genoa, Italy (November, 2007)
  • Workshop on “Structures and Symbols of The Interpretation of Dreams”, facilitated by Paolo Cianconi, A.T. Beck Institute, Rome, Italy (July, 2007)
  • Training in “Administration and Survey Techniques”, hosted by the Ministry of Public Instruction, Rome, Italy (January/February, 2007)

2006

  • Workshop on “Migrations, Personality Disorders, and Deviance”, facilitated by Paolo Cianconi, A.T. Beck Institute, Rome, Italy (December, 2006)
  • “A Moment at a Time… Application of Mindfulness Meditation for Stress Reduction”, course recognised by the Italian Ministry of Health, facilitated by Antonella Montano and Marco Aversano, A.T. Beck Institute, Rome, Italy (September/October, 2006)
  • “Transcultural Psychology and Ethno-Psychiatry”, course facilitated by Paolo Cianconi, A.T. Beck Institute, Rome, Italy (June, 2006)
  • Workshop on “Psychotherapy with Homosexual Clients”, facilitated by Antonella Montano, A.T. Beck Institute, Rome, Italy (January, 2006)
  • Improve Low Self Esteem & Self Confidence”, course facilitated by Alessandra Cartoni, A.T. Beck Institute, Rome, Italy (January, 2006)

2005

  • “Psychodiagnostic Training”, Humantrainer Institute, Rome, Italy. The internship involved: anamnesis, psychological interviews, description and use of the main psychodiagnostic tests (MMPI-2, SCID-II, BIG FIVE QUESTIONNAIRE, WAIS, CBA 2.0) (November, 2005)
  • Workshop on “Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity”, facilitated by Antonella Montano, Municipality of Rome, Italy (September, 2005)
  • Course in “Assertive Training. How to Express Emotions”, facilitated by Antonella Montano, A.T. Beck Institute, Rome, Italy (May, 2005)

Personal skills and competences

Languages

Italian: mother tongue

English
Understanding (Listening and Reading): Excellent
Speaking: Excellent
Writing: Excellent

French
Understanding (Listening and Reading): Good
Speaking: 
Basic
Writing: 
Basic

Portuguese
Understanding (Listening and Reading): Good
Speaking: 
Good
Writing: 
Good

Cambridge ESOL, Level 3, Certificate in English (IELTS 7) – July 2009

Academic English Course (IELTS) at South Thames College, London: 15 hours per week – April/July 2009

Certificate of attendance at “English for business” Intensive course: 25 hours per week, 4/8/2008 – 29/8/2008, Central School of English, London. Accredited by the British Council, Member of English UK – August 2008

Team work
Good ability to adapt to multicultural environments, gained through my work experience abroad. I have worked in various types of teams, in Italy, United Kingdom and Portugal. For two years, I have also supervised groups of two to four trainees

Personal skills

  • I am a quick learner, I am flexible, responsible and diligent, and in my work I have a keen sense of duty (e.g. respect of confidentiality)
  • Good communication and strong interpersonal skills, developed through team sports, educational, and professional work experiences

Organisational skills and competences

  • Good experience in preparation & implementation of courses and workshops for students & health professionals
  • Organisation of research activities
  • Organisation of international conferences (6th International Congress of Cognitive Psychotherapy – ICCP2008, Rome, June 2008)

Computer skills and competences

  • Deep knowledge of the following operative systems and tools: MAC OC X, Windows XP and Windows VISTA; Microsoft Office Home and Professional 2000/2007 (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher, Outlook and Outlook Express), Office for Mac 2008, and iWork 2009 (Pages, Keynote and Numbers); Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Safari and Google Chrome
  • Bibliographical research software (PsycINFO, PsycARTICLES, PubMed, MedLine)
  • Good knowledge of SPSS Program, ReferenceManager, EPI Info
  • Basic knowledge of Adobe Photoshop

Other skills and competences

Volunteer “befriender” experience with young people at risk of drug abuse and antisocial behaviour (Enhanced Disclosure, 28/10/2010). CSV SISP Befriending, Hounslow – Feltham C&F Centre, Danesbury Road, London TW13 5BH

Member of the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP), Bury, UK (Since March 2010)

Member of the Italian Society of Behavioural and Cognitive Therapy (SITCC), Rome, Italy (Since February 2012)

Additional information

PUBLICATIONS

ARTICLES

  • Montanari L., Pasinetti M., Guarita B., Royuela L., Mullugan K., Vicente J., Klempová D., Pirona A., e Gyarmathy V.A. (in press). Stimulant use among clients entering drug treatment in Europe, Drugs: Education, Prevention, and Policy
  • Corazza O., Schifano F., Simonato P., Fergus S., Assi S., Stair J., Corkery J., Trincas G., Deluca P., Davey Z., Blaszko U., Demetrovics Z., Moskalewicz J., Enea A., di Melchiorre G., Mervo B., di Furia L., Farre M., Flesland L.,  Pasinetti M., Pezzolesi C., Pisarska A., Shapiro H., Siemann H., Skutle A., Sferrazza E., Torrens M., van der Kreeft P., Zummo D., and Scherbaum N. (2012). Phenomenon of new drugs on the Internet: the case of ketamine derivative methoxetamine, Human Psychopharmacology: Clinical and Experimental, vol.27, n.2, pag. 145-149
  • Corazza O., Assi S., Trincas G., Simonato P., Corkery J., Deluca P., Davey Z., Blaszko U., Demetrovics Z., Moskalewicz J., Enea A., di Melchiorre G., Mervo B., Fergus S., di Furia L., Farre M., Flesland L.,  Pasinetti M., Pesaresi L., Pezzolesi C., Pisarska A., Scherbaum N., Shapiro H., Siemann H., Skutle A., Stair J., Sferrazza E., Torrens M., van der Kreeft P., Zummo D., and Schifano F. (2011). Novel Drugs, Novel Solutions: exploring the potentials of web-assistance and multimedia approaches for the prevention of drug abuse, Italian Journal of Addiction, vol.1, n.1-2, pag. 24-31
  • Corazza O., Davey Z., De Luca P., Demetrovics Z., Enea A., di Melchiorre G., Di Furia L., Farre M., Flesland L., Scherbaum N., Siemann H., Skutle A., Torrens M., Pasinetti M., Pezzolesi C., Shapiro H., Sferrazza E., van der Kreeft P., and Schifano F. (2010). Le potenzialità della prevenzione digitale in materia di nuove droghe: il ruolo del Recreational Drugs European Network (in Italian), Dipendenze patologiche – Addictive Disorders , vol.5, n.2, 43-46
  • Schifano F., Albanese A., Fergus S., Stair J.L., Deluca P., Corazza O., Davey Z., Corkery J., Siemann H., Scherbaum N., Farre M., Torrens M., Demetrovics Z., Ghodse A.H.,  Pasinetti M., Psychonaut Web Mapping e ReDNet Research Groups (2011). Mephedrone (4-methylmethcathinone; ‘meow meow’): chemical, pharmacological and clinical issues. Psychopharmacology, vol.214, n.3, pag. 593–602
  • Corazza, O., Schifano, F., Deluca, P., Pasinetti M., and the Psychonaut Web Mapping Group. Cultura telematica, trascedenza corporea e nuove droghe: come gli internauti diventano psiconauti (in Italian). In La Barbera, D. (ed) Proceedings of III Convegno Internazionale della Società Italiana di Psicotecnologie e Clinica dei Nuovi Media, Palermo, Italy, 23-25 Nov 2009 (in press)

CONFERENCES

  • Pezzolesi C., Corazza O., Pasinetti M., Piolanti A. “Can Mindfulness Be Beneficial in the Treatment of Drug Addiction?” (poster presentation), The First International Conference on Novel Psychoactive Substances (NPS) – The Ever-Changing World of Psychoactive Drugs, Budapest, Hungary, March 12-13, 2012
  • Pasinetti M. “Addiction and Psychiatric Comorbidity: an overview of biological, psychological and social factors”, EU expert meeting on the EMCDDA key epidemiological indicator Problem Drug Use (PDU), Lisbon, Portugal, October 27-28, 2011
  • Di Melchiorre G., Corazza O., Pasinetti M., Zummo D., Schifano F., and the ReDNet Group “Nuovi modelli di prevenzione in materia di nuove droghe: Risultati ad un anno del Recreational Drugs European Network” (poster presentation), WAPR National Conference – World Association for Psychosocial Rehabilitation “Le buone pratiche nei trattamenti psicosociali integrati: benvenuti al sud”, L’Aquila, Italy, October 6-7, 2011 – winner of the third prize for research in the area of psychosocial and psychiatric rehabilitation
  • Pasinetti M. “Case study of value of GPS Questionnaire map”, Prevalence and Pattern of Drug Use among General Population, 2011 Annual Expert Meeting, Lisbon, Portugal, June 21-22, 2011
  • Pasinetti M., Montano A. “Issues and Treatment of Homosexual Couples”, 6th International Congress of Cognitive Psychotherapy, Rome, Italy, June 19-22, 2008
  • Montano A., Pasinetti M. “MBSR Program in Patients with Dermatological Diseases”, Sicilian Allergy-Immunology Convention, Palermo, Italy, February 8-9, 2008
  • Montano A., Flebus G.B., Pasinetti M., Musci L., Villa M., Ferrari F., Ciliberto J. “Suicide Attempts and Sexual Orientation in a Italian Young Male Sample”, XIV AIAMC National Congress “Homo Post Technologicus. What are changing in Psychotherapy?”, Genoa, Italy, November 8-11, 2007
  • Montano A., Flebus G.B., Pasinetti M., Barlascini L. “Are Sexual Fantasies of Primary Importance for a Satisfactory Sexual Activity?”, XIV AIAMC National Congress “Homo Post Technologicus. What are changing in Psychotherapy?”, Genoa, Italy, November 8-11, 2007
  • Montano A., Flebus G.B., Pasinetti M. “Cognitive and Emotional Factors of Male Sexual Dysfunction: an Italian Sample”, XIV AIAMC National Congress “Homo Post Technologicus. What are changing in Psychotherapy?”, Genoa, Italy, November 8-11, 2007
  • Pasinetti M., Montano A. “MBSR. The Stress Reduction Program”, Mindfulness and Wellness Psychology Convention, hosted by Clinical Psychology Centre, Scanno, Italy, May 26-28, 2006

E-BOOK

  • Pasinetti M. “La vertigine di Pan. Ansia e panico nella terapia cognitivo-comportamentale”, Ed. Green Books Editore, Roma (in Italian)

TRANSLATION

  • Schifano F., Corazza O., and the ReDNet Research Project group (2010) Mefedrone Report (English to Italian)
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