Arianna Prudenzi


Arianna is a PhD Student at the University of Leeds. She completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology (BSc Hons), La Sapienza University, in 2013 and later graduated with a Masters in Clinical and Health Psychology (MSc Hons). In 2015, she joined the School of Psychology, Arizona State University, as a visiting research assistant. In 2016, she took up a research traineeship working within the UCD Contextual Behaviour Science (CBS) research group at University College Dublin. As part of her clinical interests, in 2016 Arianna completed a six-month trainee in clinical psychology at the SMIAB School of Clinical Psychology in Rome. In March 2017, she completed an Advanced Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Mindfulness-based Intervention (MBI) Annual Training, Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI). In 2017, Arianna worked as an Assistant Psychologist in a Paediatric Oncology Department, Policlinico Universitario Agostino Gemelli, in Rome.

Research interests

Arianna's background falls under the framework of health and clinical psychology. Arianna’s current research interests focus on implementing, testing and developing ACT and MBI interventions, and newer CBS approaches. In her PhD, Arianna is testing the effectiveness of an ACT intervention to improve wellbeing and reduce work-related stress of NHS staff. She is a current Member of the Association of Contextual Behaviour Science (ACBS), the Laboratory for Stress and Health Research (STARlab), and the Yorkshire Quality and Safety Research Group (YQRG). Previous research focused on understanding the role of emotion regulation and personality on health in preadolescence (Parenting Across Cultures, Duke University).


  • Psychology of cognitive processes (Bsc Hons)
  • Masters in Clinical, Health and Community Psychology (Msc Hons)