Valeria is PhD (University of Pavia), psychologist and psychotherapist.  Presently, she is research fellow at the Department of Human Sciences for Education “R. Massa” (University of Milano-Bicocca) with a research project titled “Assessing socio-emotional learning in primary and secondary school and she is involved in the Erasmus+KA3 project “Learning to Be. Development of practices and methodologies for assessing social, emotional and health skills within education systems“. Her main research interests include the design, implementation and evaluation of school-based programs to support mental health, socio-emotional skills, resilience and school readiness in educational contexts. She has been involved in national at international projects at the University of Pavia, the Centre for Resilience & Socio-Emotional Health (University of Malta,), at INVALSI and INDIRE.

From 2018 Valeria is Chair of the ENSEC (European Network for Social and Emotional Competence). She is a member of the Network of Experts on Social Dimension of Education and Training (Neset II) for the European Commission. She is a member of the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Emotional Education (lJEE) and a member of the scientific committee of the book series “Crescendo – Studi Ricerca e Strumenti in Psicologia dello Sviluppo e dell’Educazione” (Junior Spaggiari Ed.).

She is author of a number of evidence-based intervention programs for mental health promotion at school.


Selection of publications:

  • Cavioni, V., Grazzani, I., & Ornaghi, V. (2017). Social and emotional learning for children with Learning Disability: Implications for inclusion. International Journal of Emotional Education, 9(2), 100-109.
  • Cavioni, V. Zanetti, M.A., Beddia, G., & Lupica Spagnolo, M. (2017, in press). Promoting resilience: A European curriculum for students, teachers and families. In M. Wosnitza, F. Peixoto, S. Beltman & C. Mansfield (Eds). Resilience in Education: Concepts, Contexts and Connections. Springer.
  • Cefai, C., Downes, P. & Cavioni, V. (2016). Breaking the Cycle: A phenomenological approach to broadening access to post-secondary and tertiary education. European Journal of Psychology of Education, 31(2), 255-274, DOI 10.1007/s10212-015-0265-6
  • Cavioni, C., Gaggione, V., Manfredi, A., Zanetti, M.A. (2016) Maestra, oggi insegno anche io! Un’esperienza di apprendimento cooperativo. Psicologia e Scuola. Novembre – Dicembre, pp. 50-57.
  • Cefai, C., Miljević-Riđički, R., Bouillet, D., Pavin Ivanec, T., Milanović. M., Matsopoulos, A., Gavogiannaki, M., Zanetti, M.A., Cavioni, V. , Bartolo, P., Galea, K., Simões, C., Lebre, P., Caetano Santos, A., Kimber, B., Eriksson, C. (2016). RESCUR Il Curriculum per promuovere la Resilienza a scuola. Guida per il docente. V. Cavioni, M. A, Zanetti (Eds). Department of Brain and Behavioral Sciences, University of Pavia (Italy). ISBN: 978-99957-861-2-0
  • Cefai, C. & Cavioni, V. (2015). Beyond PISA: Schools as contexts for the promotion of children’s mental health and wellbeing. Contemporary School Psychology, 19, pp. 233-242. ISSN 2159-2020, DOI 10.1007/s40688-015-0065-7
  • Cavioni, V. & Zanetti M.A (2015). Social-Emotional Learning and Students’ Transition from Kindergarten to Primary School in Italy. In Askell-Williams, H. Transforming the Future of Learning with educational research (pp. 241-258) IGI Global: Hershey, PA. ISBN 978-1-4666-7495-0, DOI 10.4018/978-1-4666-7495-0.ch013
  • Cefai, C. & Cavioni, V. (2015). Mental health promotion in school: an integrated, school-based, whole school approach. In B. Kirckaldy (Ed.) Promoting Psychological Wellbeing in Children and Families (pp. 52-67) London, New York and Sydney: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Cavioni, V., Spagnolo, M., Beddia, G., Zanetti, M. A. (2015). Promuovere la resilienza a scuola: un curricolo europeo per docenti e studenti. Strumenti e metodologie per l’identificazione e l’intervento. Psicologia e scuola. Maggio – Giugno, pp. 42-49.
  • Cavioni, V., Zanetti, M. A. (2015). Con la tua mano: un programma di intervento per l’ apprendimento socio-emotivo nella transizione dalla scuola dell’infanzia alla scuola primaria. Psicologia dell’Educazione, 1, pp. 133-150.
  • Cefai, C., Cavioni, V., Bartolo, B., Simoes, S., Ridicki Miljevic,R.,  Bouillet,D., Pavin Ivanec, T., Matsopoulos, A., Gavogiannaki, M., Zanetti, M. A, Galea, K., Lebre, P., Kimber,B. and Eriksson,C. (2015)  Social inclusion and social justice: a resilience curriculum for early years and elementary schools in Europe. Journal of Multicultural Education, 9(3). ISSN: 2053-535X.
  • Cavioni V. & Clouder, C. (2014). Oltre la valutazione degli apprendimenti scolastici. Un’esperienza pilota per lo sviluppo della “scuola efficace”. Psicologia dell’Educazione, 127-136. Ed. Erickson: Trento ISSN: 1971-3711.
  • Zanetti, M. A., Cavioni, V. (2014). SR-4-5 School Readiness.  Nuova Edizione Prove per l’individuazione delle abilità di base nel passaggio dalla scuola dell’infanzia alla scuola primaria ed. Erickson: Trento.
  • Cefai C. & Cavioni V. (2014) Social and Emotional Education in Primary School. Integrating Theory and Research into Practice. Springer, USA.