Giada Guerra

PhD Student



Prof Fred Dick (BBK & UCL), Dr Adam Tierney (BBK), Dr Jurgen Tijms (University of Amsterdam & RID, NL), Dr Anniek Vaessen (RID, NL), Prof Milene Bonte (Maastricht University, & RID, NL)


Research Interests

During my PhD I will investigated attentional processes involved in reading skills of normally developing children and of children with dyslexia.

Particularly, I am interested in the attentional deficits which may play a role in the phenomenology of the reading disability, using EEG to identify signatures of selective attention. Furthermore, my project aims also at identifying predictors of reading gain after a remediation for dyslexia, carried out by RID, institutes for dyslexia.

I will spend two years between the Language Lab of Maastricht University, RID institute in the Netherlands, and one year at Birkbeck University in London.

My PhD project is one of five within the INTERLEARN European Industrial Doctorate programme – Individualised Interventions in Learning: Bridging Advanced Learning Science and 21st Century Technology. It is funded by a 3-year Marie Sklodowska-Curie Industrial Training Network grant (European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, grant agreement No 721895).


Research Experience

2016-2017 (8 months) Post-graduate research intern
King’s College London (London, UK). Centre for the Developing Brain, Department of Perinatal Imaging & Health & Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience. Cerebello-thalamus-cerebral tracts in preterm babies & cortical thickness and psychiatric disorders in adult born preterm. Supervisors: Prof Serena Counsell & Dr Chiara Nosarti

2016 (6 months) Post-graduate research intern
Department of Developmental Psychology and Socialisation, University of Padua &
Infancy and Adolescence Neuropsychiatry Unit, Public Health Service (ULSS16), (
Padua, Italy), Supervisor: Prof Michela Gatta & Alessandra Simonelli



PhD in Psychology – INTERLEARN programme
Birkbeck, University of London (UK).
Marie Sklodowska-Curie European Doctoral programme.

Msc in Clinical Psychology, University of Padua (Padua, Italy)

Clinical Internship. Association for Parenting (Padua, Italy). Supervisors: Giulia Aldovini and Isabella Robbiani

BSc in Psychology of Personality and Interpersonal Relationships, University of Padua (Padua, Italy)

Clinical Internship. Daily Service for Psychiatric Adolescents (Infancy and Adolescence Neuropsychiatry Unit, Public Health Service, Padua (IT). Supervisor: Dr Maurizio Salis



Guerra, G., Tijms, J., Vaessen, A., Tierney, A., Dick, F., & Bonte, M. Loudness and Intelligibility of Irrelevant Background Speech Differentially Hinder Children's Short Story Reading (2020). Mind, Brain, and Education 

Holt, L. L., Tierney, A. T., Guerra, G., Laffere, A., & Dick, F. (2018). Dimension-selective attention as a possible driver of dynamic, context-dependent re-weighting in speech processing. Hearing research.

Gatta, M., Miscioscia, M., Svanellini, L., Brianda, M. E., Guerra, G., Battistella, P. A., & Simonelli, A. (2017). Triadic interactions in families with preterm children: a comparative study with children born at term. Neuropsychiatric disease and treatment13, 2375.



Guerra, G., Pecheva, D., Pietsch, M., Batalle, D., Zhang, H., Alexander, D.C., Rutherford, M., Kinnea, M., Hajnal, J., Nosarti, C., Tournier, J.-D., Edwards, D., Counsell, S. (2017). Mapping cerebello-cortical pathways in preterm infants. British Chapter ISMRM (London, UK).

“Neurodevelopmental trajectories and psychopathology in adults who were born very preterm”. Part of "Affective and psychotic psychopathology from pregnancy to early adulthood: The dynamic developmental interplay between genes, structures and functions" symposium (presented by Dr Nosarti at the 13th World Congress of Biological Psychiatry, Copenhagen, Denmark, 2017. Contribution in data analisys.

Sudati, L., Svanellini, L., Bonato, I., Guerra, G., Simonelli, A., & Gatta, M. (2016). A picture of infant, parents and family peculiarities in a group of families with premature babies. Infant Mental Health Journal 37, Supp. 1, 473.