Andrea Daniesi, PhD student


As a Phd student I’m running a project aimed at exploring the role of the genetic and environmental components on adolescents’ attachment. The sample used for this project is comprised of 582 monozygotic and dizygotic twin pairs from the TEDS (Twins Early Development Study) and their mothers. The goal of the study is to analyse the correlation between twins’ attachment security and mothers’ quality of parenting, in order to establish whether the former variable is due to environmental factors, similarly to infancy and early childhood, or if inherited characteristics also play a role. We also want to investigate whether the quality of parenting is shared or non-shared within the twin pairs. My general interests are in  attachment relationships, their development, their assessment and interventions aimed at improving the bonding between parents and their children. I’m also interested in the dialogue between psychoanalysis and neuroscience, whereby instruments and theories of both fields implement and support each other in the realization of interdisciplinary experimental designs. 

Start date:

October 2017

PhD supervisors:

Dr. Pasco Fearon and Dr. Yael Shmueli-Goetz.