Alessia Gallucci

PhD student




Alessia obtained the Master Degree in Clinical and Developmental Psychology and Neuropsychology at the University of Milano-Bicocca in 2016. Currently she is a PhD candidate in Neuroscience, School of Medicine and Surgery, University of Milano-Bicocca. 

In 2018, she attended a research fellowship at Dr. Fregni lab at Harvard Medical School, where she appreciated the use of brain stimulation to modulate brain plasticity of patients with chronic pain and major depression. She also met an international team to write a review describing
tDCS and its associated physiology and use to modulate the emotional and cognitive domain. In collaboration with Psychiatry Units, she is evaluating the combined effects of tDCS and Cognitive Remediation Therapy, which she learned during a visiting at Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience – King’s College London, as rehabilitation protocol for eating disorders patients as well as the tDCS application to modulate emotion regulation abilities of borderline disorder patients.

She is also working with the Ohio State University in a project aiming at using TMS-EEG to track excitability and connectivity changes during and after tDCS in a short manipulation of social exclusion.

Currently she collaborates with Casa di Cura Privata del Policlinico to collect data on brain-damaged patients for her Phd project and she is
attending a course on clinical research methodology in collaboration with Harvard T.H. CHAN, School of Public Health.



She is interested in studying cognitive and neural processes involved in emotion regulation. She is also studying the feasebility of applying non invasive brain stimulation techniques, mainly tDCS, TMS e TMS-EEG, to modulate emotion regulation abilities in groups of healthy subjects, psychiatric and neurological patients. 


Vergallito, A., Gallucci, A., Pisoni, A., Caselli, G., Ruggiero, G. M., Sassaroli, S., & Lauro, L. J. R. (2021). Non-invasive brain stimulation effectiveness in anxiety disorder treatment: a meta-analysis on sham/behavior-controlled studies. medRxiv.

Gallucci, A., Del Mauro, L., Pisoni, A., Lauro, L. J. R., & Mattavelli, G. (2020). A systematic review of implicit attitudes and their neural correlates in eating behaviour. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience.

Gallucci. A., Riva, P., Romero Lauro, L. J., Bushman, B. J. (2019). Stimulating the ventrolateral prefrontal cortex (vLPFC) modulates frustration-induced aggression: a tDCS study. Brain Stimulation.

Mattavelli, G., Gallucci, A., Schiena, G., Agostino, A., Sassetti, T., Bonora, S., … & Papagno, C. (2019). Transcranial direct current stimulation modulates implicit attitudes towards food in eating disorders. International Journal of Eating
Disorders, 52(5), 576-581.

Kelley, N. J., Galucci, A., Riva, P., Romero-Lauro, L. J., & Schmeichel, B. (2019). Stimulating Self- Regulation: A review of non-invasive brain stimulation studies of goal-directed behavior. Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience, 12, 337.

Lo Gerfo E., Gallucci A., Morese R., Bosco F., Vergallito A., Ottone S., Ponzano F., Romero Lauro L. J. (2019). The role of ventromedial prefrontal cortex and temporo-parietal junction in third-party punishment behavior: a tDCS study. NeuroImage, 200, 501-510.

Gallucci, A., Lucena, P. H., Martens, G., Thibaut, A., & Fregni, F. (2018). Transcranial direct current stimulation to prevent and treat surgery-induced opioid dependence: a systematic review. Pain management, 9(1), 93-106.

Varoli E., Pisoni A., Mattavelli G., Vergallito A., Gallucci A., Rosanova M., Bolognini N., Vallar G., Romero Lauro L. J. (2018). Tracking the effect of cathodal transcranial direct current stimulation on cortical excitability and connectivity by means of TMS-EGG. Frontiers in Neuroscience, 12, 319.