Silia Passeri earned her Italian Laurea in Psychology with a specialization in Educational and Developmental Psychology from the University of Florence. Her thesis concentrated on the research methods of psychology and the analysis of data regarding amodal completions during locomotion. After completing her degree she was awarded two clinical internships in Florence. At the Azienda Sanitaria Locale (Public Health System) of Santissima Annunziata she was charged with making pre-and-post adoption evaluations and directing a post-adoption counseling course. At the Department of Neurological and Psychiatric Sciences at the Hospital of Careggi she was charged with counseling patients and collaborated with the Department of Clinical Psychology on three research projects: "Near-death Experiences," "Attempted Suicide," and "Charles Bonnet Syndrome". In 2006 she published an article entitled "With the Eyes of the Mind. Charles Bonnet Syndrome (CBS), A Review of the Literature and Presentation of Six Cases," which stemmed from her presentation of research at the conference of the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology. Since 2004 she has presented research at several different Psychology conferences.
Current Research Interests
Dr. Passeri is currently working on the research project: "Cross-cultural transition experienced by American University students in Florence." The study examines the psychological and social processes involved in intercultural contact, including managing stress, coping with unfamiliar environments, and the learning process manifest in the cross-cultural sojourn.
Dr. Passeri is a certified psychologist (accredited by the Board of Tuscan Psychologists) and provides psychological counseling to students and staff members of several American University programs in Florence. She also conducts a workshop on "Mental Health Concerns. How can professionals help?" These workshops focus on detection and approaching students who may have psychological problems, providing a support system for administrators who work with international students.