Andrea Norcini Pala, PhD
Chief Postdoctoral Fellow
Dr. Norcini Pala is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the HIV Center for Clinical and Behavioral Studies. He received a PhD in Clinical Psychology from Milano-Bicocca University (Milan, Italy) and an MS in Developmental Psychology from the University of Parma (Parma, Italy). Dr. Norcini Pala worked as a clinical psychologist in the Infectious Diseases Institute of Sant’Orsola-Malpighi Hospital in Bologna (Italy). He conducted psychological assessment and provided psychological support to HIV positive patients.
Dr. Norcini Pala’s research interests include the interpersonal and biological mechanisms through which multiple stigmas affect HIV and mental health outcomes among people living with HIV. His work focuses primarily on biological stress responses to multiple forms of discrimination among HIV-positive men who have sex with men (MSM). Andrea’s research interests include also development and validation of questionnaires, Monte Carlo simulations, and the person-centered approach applied to latent variable techniques (e.g., latent profile analysis and growth models).
University of Parma, Italy
MS - 2007 - Developmental Psychology
University of Milano-Bicocca, Italy
PhD - 2013 - Clinical Psychology
2008-2010: Research Assistant: Health Psychology, University of Bologna, Italy
2009-2010: Teaching Assistant: Psychometrics, University of Milano-Bicocca, Italy
2010-2013: Clinical Psychologist, Infectious diseases institute, University of Bologna, Italy
2014-2016: Research Scientist: Epidemiology, New York State Psychiatric Institute and Columbia University, New York, NY
2015: Instructor - Psychometrics, New York State Psychiatric Institute and Columbia University, New York, NY
2016-Present: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, HIV Center for Clinical & Behavioral Studies, New York State Psychiatric Institute and Columbia University, New York, NY
2017-2018: Adjunct lecturer –Measurement, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University.