Research Topics

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Eating Disorders
  • Body Image
  • Body Ownership
  • Virtual Reality
  • Neuroscience


Brief Biographical Sketch

Stefania Cionca joined the Decision Neuroscience and Nutrition department in October 2020, as a PhD fellow of the Einstein Center for Neurosciences. Her research aims to better understand perceived body image distortions in those suffering from eating disorders, by combining methods from psychology and neuroscience. To this end, she uses the full-body illusion procedure, where participants embody a virtual body through exposure in virtual reality, and aims to identify the neural correlates of full-body ownership through neuroimaging methods. Moreover, she investigates how this embodiment can change one’s body image and how this can impact eating disorder symptoms and attitudes related to body image.

Stefania has received a B.A. in Psychology and an M.A. in Clinical Psychology, Psychological Counselling and Psychotherapy from the Babes-Bolyai University, Romania, specializing in cognitive behavioral therapy. During her Master’s studies, under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Daniel David and Dr. Silviu Matu she used an intervention in virtual reality to reduce body image distortions in women with eating disorders.