After getting a High School Science Degree from the “Third High School in Belgrade” (Serbia), I attended the Faculty of Medicine in Belgrade. I was always fascinated by the human mind and scientific research, but not finding this correlation at the faculty, I decided to change country and I enrolled in the Faculty of Psychology at the University of Trieste, choosing the five-year experimental-psychobiological course. In my third year of studies under the guidance of Professor Tullio Giraldi I started to take part to the project of research in psycho-oncology – a discipline that studies psychological problems that occur as a result of the diagnosis and treatment of cancer. Later I graduated with a Thesis in Neuropsychopharmacology “Correlation between psychosocial factors and polymorphism of the serotonin transporter and monoamine oxidase in women with breast cancer.”
Then I attended the Post-graduate internship, where I had the chance to delve into the world of psycho-oncology following a new project. The purpose of this project was to apply the psychoeducational intervention originally developed and applied by Fawzy in patients with malignant melanoma, a sample of women with breast cancer in early stages.
At the end of the internship in 2007 I passed the state exam with the enrollment at the Association of Psychologists of the region Friuli Venezia Giulia, registration number 1183.
Later I enrolled in the School of Cognitive-Behavioral Psychotherapy (lasting four years), at the Institute of ITC Padova . I have attended a four-year internship at Public Social Services of the city of Udine:
at SerT (Drug Addiction Services) I conducted the interviews where I could gain experience in the field of psycho-diagnostic, through the administration and processing of tests (MMPI-II; CBA2.0; MCMI III; SIB), diagnosis feedback and taking patients in charge. After the internship, I continued to follow patients as a volunteer.
at the Mother and Child Health District providing my clinical activity in the diagnosis and therapy of childhood mental health issues. I evaluated the general cognitive capacity, neuropsychological functions with specific batteries, emotional and social relationships. Based on the information collected and the resources of the child I lead the psychoeducational treatment program.
Since 2008 ordinary member AIRC (‘Italian Association of Behavior Analysis and Modification)
Since 2008 I work in the social welfare sector, managing the activities of national and international projects co-financed by Community funds:
I participated as a psychologist and interpreter (Serbian / Croatian -Italian; Italian – Serbian / Croatian) in the project called “Job security and the foreign worker,” focused on raising awareness of foreign workers on issues of safety and health in the workplace in the province of Udine.
I collaborated in the PEMPS project ““Psychoeducational paths and Empowerment of Cancer Patients and Citizens in Serbia”(PEMPS)” which is inspired by the application of cognitive behavioral model of Fowzy, which is supported by the National Cancer Institute CRO of Aviano;
From my previous experience I have developed a research project called “Prevention, treatment and rehabilitation of young people with mental illness and raising awareness to the people” for young people in Serbia, which is supported by the Department of Medical Sciences, Surgical and Health University of Trieste.
During my professional carreer I have had the chance of meeting nationally and internationally renowned professors, this had happend on occasions like the 8th World Congress of Psycho-Oncology in Venice and Ferrara on October 16th to 21st 2006:
Pof. Fawzy I Fawzy and Nancy Fawzy(Professors of Psychiatry and Executive Vice-chair Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences) Psychosocial Interventions in Cancer Patients.
Prof. Jimmie Holland and Marguerite Lederberg (Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center) Common Problems in Conducting Supportive Psychotherapy: Helping the Clinician Survive.
Pof. Maggie Watson (Head Department of Psychological Medicine, Royal Marsden Hospital, Sutton, Surrey, UK): Therapy in Action: Sharing Ideas and Skills in Use of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy).
During the course of studies of specialization, intensive workshop of one week in 2009 24 to 30 May and intensive workshop in 2010 22 to 28 May
Prof. Paul Meazzini (full professor on leave University of Trieste, Padova, Rome-La Sapienza) Positive psychology, 2009 Porec.
Prof. S Soresi, (Professor at the Department of Philosophy, Sociology, Education and Applied Psychology at the University of Padova), Parent training, ITC, Porec.
Prof. Pierluigi Graziani (Psychologue, Pr. Psychologie Clinique et Psychopathologie Université de Nîmes) Therapy conducted alcoholic, ITC, 2009 Porec
Prof. Ezio Sanavio (Professor at the Department of Clinical Psychology, University of Padova), Assertiveness, ITC; 2009 Porec
Prof. Randy O. Frost. (Boston University) “Perfectionism and hoarding in obsessive-compulsive disorder.” 2010 Cervia.
Prof. Luca Surian (Faculty of Cognitive Science, University of Trento) Cognitive processes and development of communication in autism, 2010, Cervia.
Mary Jean and Puncky Paul Heppner Heppner (University of Missouri) Improving the Quality of Life and Well-being. 2011, March, 4-5, ITC, Padova.
Prof. Donald Meichenbaum (Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada) “mode to promote resilience in children and adults,” 2012, June 4. Padova.