Dr. Manuela Filippa
University of Geneva

Dr Manuela Filippa got her PhD in Developmental Psychology at the University of Paris Ouest Nanterre. She has been a post-doc researcher at Paris Descartes University in 2015 and at University of Valle d'Aosta in 2017. She is actually post-doc at at HUG, Geneva University Hospitals, with prof. Petra Hüppi, and at Unige, University of Geneva with prof. Didier Grandjean. Since more than ten years, she has studied the effects of maternal voice on premature infant’s development in collaboration with international research centers. Musician by training, she teaches Psychology of Music and Music Education at the University of Valle d'Aosta, she became expert in the field of music psychopedagogy and early childhood. She has taken part in numerous research projects on the ontogenesis of musical experience, she published texts, contributions and articles. The last popular science books for teachers, parents and infants, Sounds Drops (2014), In a nest of sounds (2016) and Singing for infants (2016); her last scientific book for researchers, Early Vocal Contact and Preterm infants brain development (2017).
She has been selected as the winner of the International Acta Paediatrica Young Investigator Award 2017 and she was awarded first prize “Prix Temps Maman” for her research on mother’s vocal contact and preterm infants (2013). Her research was published in National Geographic Magazine (2019).
Her research interests mainly focus on bio-behavioral mechanisms of early vocal interactions, on early interventions in the preterm infant population and the on the ontogenesis of musical experience.