Psychiatrist and psychoanalyst, is Full Professor of Dynamic Psychology at the Faculty of Medicine and Psychology, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy, and past-Director (2006-2013) of the Clinical Psychology Specialization Program.
His research interests include: diagnostic assessment and treatment of personality disorders, process-outcome research in psychoanalysis and psychotherapy, therapeutic alliance, defense mechanisms, and gender identity and sexual orientation. He is author of many articles published in the main national and international journals of psychiatry, psychotherapy, psychoanalysis, as well as several books.
He is President (2019-2022) of the Society for Psychotherapy Research (SPR, Italy Area Group).
For the Ministry of Education, University and Research (MIUR), Italy, he was member of the Steering Committee for the Assessment of the Eligibility of the Schools of Specialization in Psychotherapy (2013-2016) and for the National Scientific Qualification (2018-2021).
He and Nancy McWilliams comprised the Scientific Committee of the new edition of the Psychodynamic Diagnostic Manual (PDM-2; Guilford, 2017), which won the American Board & Academy of Psychoanalysis Book Prize (Clinical Section).
Among his last books: Archipelago N. Variations on narcissism (Einaudi, 2021); To the movies with a psychoanalyst (Cortina, 2020); I, you, we. Living with Yourself, the Other, the Others (Utet, 2019); Diagnosis and Destiny (Einaudi, 2018); Mindscapes (Cortina, 2017); Citizen Gay (Il Saggiatore, 2016); The personality and its disorders. Evaluation and diagnosis at the service of treatment (Cortina, 2014); “Personality assessment with the SWAP-200” (Cortina 2014, with J. Shedler and D. Westen). He is the recipient of several awards including the 2004 Ralph Roughton Paper Award from the American Psychoanalytic Association, the 2018 Cesare Musatti Award from the Italian Psychoanalytic Society, and the 2019 Research Award from the Society for Psychoanalysis and Psychoanalytic Psychology (Division 39) of the American Psychological Association.
He is the chief editor of the series “Psychiatry, Neuroscience, Psychotherapy” for the publishing house Raffaello Cortina (Milan), and an editorial board member of Sapienza University Press (Rome). He writes for the cultural supplement “Domenica” of the newspaper “Il Sole 24 Ore”, for the newspaper “La Repubblica”, and for the magazine “Venerdì di Repubblica” (a weekly column on cinema and psychoanalysis called “Psycho”).
He is the author of two books of poetry: La confusione è precisa in amore (Love is a Precise Confusion; Edizioni Nottetempo, 2012) and Alterazioni del ritmo (Rhythm Disorders; Edizioni Nottetempo, 2015).