Ornella Masnari

Name: Ornella Masnari
Country: Switzerland
Degrees: Ph.D., M.Sc.
Current job title: Psychologist
Institution: University Children's Hospital Zürich
Short autobiography:

As clinical psychologist at University Children’s Hospital Zürich, I often work with children and adolescents with burns or other skin conditions. My research focus is about appearance-related distress in individuals with skin conditions. In my previous work, I have examined social stigmatization of children with facial differences (burn scars or birthmarks) and its impact on their quality of life and psychological adjustment. Currently, I work on a project that aims to provide support for individuals with a visible difference and their families as well as to raise awareness in society and reduce stigmatization of affected people.

Reason for joining: To enhance the exchange of experience and cooperation with other researchers and practitioners. This will facilitate efforts to promote multidisciplinary and multi-site approaches in research, theory, and clinical practice.
Current research interest in relation to the COST Action: a) Research of predictors of individual adjustment to medical condi¬tions causing visible differences b) Development and evaluation of interventions aimed at supporting individuals with visible differences c) Development and evaluation of interventions aimed at reducing social stigmatization of individuals with a visible difference d) Training of health professionals in psychosocial aspects e) Paediatric burn care, birthmarks
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E-mail: ornella.masnari@kispi.uzh.ch
Link to institution: www.hautstigma.ch, www.kispi.uzh.ch/af/ForschungLehre/Psychosomatik/Stigma_de.html