Martina Luchetti Ph.D.

Martina Luchetti Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

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Dr. Martina Luchetti is an Assistant Professor at the Florida State University College of Medicine, Department of Behavioral Sciences and Social Medicine. She joined the Department as a post-doctoral scholar (specialized faculty) in 2015, after earning her Ph.D. in Psychological Sciences at the University of Bologna, Italy. Her research concerns the identification of clinical, behavioral and psychosocial factors influencing health, cognition and aging processes. In particular, she investigates how personality factors, stress and behaviors (i.e. alcohol consumption) affect cognitive development and changes across the adult lifespan. In 2018, she received an R21 award from the National Institute on Aging (NIH/NIA), which focuses on alcohol-related risk of cognitive decline and dementia in later life. She also received an internal planning grant from the Florida State University, Institute of Successful Longevity, to explore vulnerabilities and resilience factors among caregivers of elder relatives.

Program of Research

Dr. Luchetti’s program of research focuses on examining the dynamic relation between psychosocial factors and health adopting a developmental life-span perspective. Specific topics include:

  • Personality development and change
  • Health behaviors, particularly alcohol consumption
  • Biomarker of health
  • Cognitive aging and risk for dementia, and
  • Caregiving

Professional Preparation and Development

2006     University of Bologna, Italy, Department of Psychology
             Bachelor’s in Sciences of Behaviour and Social Relations

2009     University of Bologna, Italy, Department of Psychology
             Master’s in Clinical and Community Psychology

2015     University of Bologna, Italy, Department of Psychology
             Ph.D. in Psychological Sciences

2013-present     Italian Association of Psychology, Member

2016-present     Association for Psychological Science, Member

2016-present     Research Society on Alcoholism, Member

2017-present     FSU Institute for Successful Longevity, Affiliate

2017-present     Association for Research in Personality, Member

2018-present     Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Member

Notable Research/Creative Works

Aschwanden, D., Luchetti, M., & Alleman, M. (2019). Are open and neurotic behaviors related to cognitive behaviors in daily life of older adults? Journal of Personality, 87, 472-484. doi: 10.1111/jopy.12409

Luchetti, M., Terracciano, A., Stephan, Y., & Sutin, A. (2018). Alcohol use and personality change in middle and older adulthood: Findings from the Health and Retirement Study. Journal of Personality, 86, 1003-1016. doi: 10.1111/jopy.12371

Luchetti, M., Sutin, A.R, Delitala, A., Stephan, Y., Fiorillo, E., … Terracciano, A. (2018). Personality traits and facets linked with self-reported alcohol consumption and biomarkers of liver health. Addictive Behaviors, 82, 135–141. doi: 10.1016/j.addbeh.2018.02.034

Stephan, Y., Sutin, A. R., Luchetti, M., & Terracciano, A. (2018). Polygenic Score for Alzheimer Disease and cognition: The mediating role of personality. Journal of Psychiatric Research, 107, 110-113. doi: 10.1016/j.jpsychires.2018.10.015

Luchetti, M., & Sutin, A. R. (2018). Age differences in autobiographical memory across the adult lifespan: Older adults report stronger phenomenology. Memory, 26, 117–130. doi: 10.1080/09658211.2017.1335326

Terracciano, A., Stephan, Y., Luchetti, M., Albanese, E., & Sutin, A. R. (2017). Personality traits and risk of cognitive impairment and dementia. Journal of Psychiatric Research, 89, 22–27. doi: 10.1016/j.jpsychires.2017.01.011

Luchetti, M., Terracciano, A., Stephan, Y., & Sutin, A. R. (2016). Personality and cognitive decline in older adults: Data from a longitudinal sample and meta-analysis. The Journals of Gerontology Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences, 71, 591–601. doi: 10.1093/geronb/gbu184

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