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Martina Benvenuti

Junior assistant professor (fixed-term)


Academic discipline: M-PSI/04 Developmental and Educational Psychology

Curriculum vitae

My research topics are related to Developmental and Educational Psychology. Specifically, my research interests are aimed to the impact of technologies during the life cycle (Including Artificial Intelligence), from childhood to adulthood, with a focus on the transitions that characterize the way from adolescence to emerging adults (18-29 years old). I am currently involved in national and international research projects, and I am actively collaborating with the Istituto per le Tecnologie Didattiche (ITD), that is one of the research institutes of the Italian National Research Council (CNR).


2011 Degree in Behavioral Sciences and Social Relations (ALMA MATER STUDIORUM - University of Bologna).

2013 Degree in Psychology of Organizations and Services (ALMA MATER STUDIORUM - University of Bologna).

2018 PhD in Psychological Sciences (ALMA MATER STUDIORUM - University of Bologna).

Academic career

After two years as a research fellow at the Institute for Didactic Technologies (ITD) of the National Research Council (CNR) - Research Area of Genoa (from 2018 to 2020) with the project "Computational thinking: programming to learn in school primary school ", in 2020 I became a junior assistant professor in Developmental and Educational Psychology at the Department of Psychology of the University of Bologna. In March 2021 I obtain the National Scientific Qualification as Associate Professor.

Teaching activity

Since 2020 I have been continuously teaching at the University of Bologna.

Scientific activity

2014 Visiting student at Hiatt School of Psychology, Department of Psychology - Clark University, Worcester, Massachusetts (MA) - USA. Under the supervision of Prof. Jeffrey Jensen Arnett with a scholarship for in-depth thesis abroad "The influence of ICT on emerging adults: the processes of experimentation, exploration and change" (ALMA MATER STUDIORUM - University of Bologna).

Since 2016 I am a reviewer of international journals in the field of media education and developmental and educational psychology.

Since 2018 I have participated in different national and international research programs including the CNR project "programming to learn in kindergarten and primary school", the “Media multitasking phenomenon: its determinants and effects on task performance” project, and the project “A phubbing phenomenon - its predictors and consequences in a cross-cultural perspective”, developed in collaboration with the A&A Laboratory of the John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin.

Since 2020 I am a member of different Technical Committees of international conferences and workshops:

  • 10th and 11th International Conference on Education, Research and Innovation (ICERI 2020 and 2021)
  • 5th International Conference on Digital Technology in Education (ICDTE21)
  • 14th International Conference on e-Learning 2020 (EL 2020).
  • Workshop on Software Engineering in Primary and Secondary Education (SEPSE 2020).

Membership in scientific and editorial committees

2021 - Guest Editor for Current Psychology: A Journal for Diverse Perspectives on Diverse Psychological Issues, with the special issue "How technology use is changing adolescents' behaviors and their social, physical, and cognitive development"

2021 - Guest Editor for the Journal of Media Psychology: Theories, Methods, and Applications, with the special issue "Emerging Adulthood and Media Use: Adding a Developmental Perspective"

2021 - Guest Editor for the Journal of Interactive Marketing, with the special issue "Information Technologies and Consumers' Well-Being"


2018 The Computational Thinking project: programming to learn in primary school won the Digital School Award of the province of Genoa.

The contribution Benvenuti, M., Mazzoni, E. (2017) Online and offline life in Italy: A new framework to understand problematic and functional use of the Internet during emerging adulthood (poster session), obtained the SSEA Travel Award for the 8th Conference on Emerging Adulthood, 2-4, November 2017 - Washington DC

2015 the contribution Benvenuti, M., Mazzoni, E., Baiocco, L., Cannata, D. (2015). Online and Offline Life: A New Framework to Understand Risks and Benefits of Being Online in Emerging adults (symposium), won the SSEA Travel Award for the 7th Conference on Emerging Adulthood, October 14-16, 2015 - Miami, Florida, USA.

2014 I have obtained the APA Grants of the International Psychologists and Psychology Students for the APA Annual Convention - Washington, DC 7-10, August 2014.