Professor Fabio Sani

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I graduated in Pedagogy at the University of Florence, Italy, and subsequently I was awarded an MSc in Social Psychology from the London School of Economics (LSE) and a PhD in Psychology from the University of Exeter. After spending one year as a research fellow at the University of Surrey, in 1996 I joined the University of Dundee, where I am currently a professor of social and health psychology. I have held visiting positions at the Australian National University, the University of Pittsburgh, the University of Bari, and the University of Queensland. I have been an associate editor of the European Journal of Social Psychology.


I am interested in the influence of interpersonal relationships and group life on both physical and mental health. Over the past decade I have investigated the positive influence of subjective identification with social groups (e.g., family; friends; workplace) on various mental health dimensions, e.g. depression, anxiety, borderline personality, and substance misuse. In recent times I have also devoted attention to the factors (e.g., child maltreatment) that may impair one's ability to identify with social groups, and I have studied identity-related existential feelings such as a sense of emptiness.

Methodologically, I use both quantitative methods (e.g., survey/epidemiological studies) and qualitative methods such as thematic and phenomenological analyses.

Due to the interdisciplinarity of my work, my research is typically published in journals within a variety of fields, particularly social, developmental, clinical and health psychology, as well as psychological medicine and psychiatric epidemiology.

Representative Research Grants and Fellowships

  • A. Malaguti & F. Sani. Designing a Behaviour Change Intervention to Reduce the Risk of Overdose. Scottish Government: Drug Deaths Taskforce Research Programme. (Start and end dates: 01/08/2020 – 31/01/2022). £88,328.
  • F. Sani, M. Norbury & V. Madhok. Health in groups: A longitudinal and cross-national study. ESRC; Ref.: ES/I038349/1. (Start and end dates: 01/11/2011 – 31/08/2015). £504,000.
  • F. Sani. Perceiving collective continuity: Social psychological implications. ESRC Fellowship; Ref. RES-000-27-0185. (Start and end dates: 01/09/2005 – 31/08/2008). £ 166,530.
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  • Social Psychology
  • Health Psychology
  • Psychology of Mental Health
  • Research Methods

Media availability

I am available for media commentary on my research.

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Areas of expertise

  • Mental health
  • Psychology