Born and raised in Verona, Italy, Costanza moved to Miami at the age of seventeen to pursue an education in Psychology at Florida International University. She joined the Jha Lab at the University of Miami in 2019 and has been investigating the impact of mindfulness training on cognitive and psychological wellbeing in high-demand professional settings. Outside of the Jha Lab she enjoys practicing yoga, cooking (and eating) pasta, and listening to live music.
Broadly speaking, my research interests are focused on the intersection between social cognition and goal pursuit. One area I’m very keen to pursue, given my background in cognitive psychology, is to understand the cognitive mechanisms that support and hinder prosocial behavior and social collaboration under challenging circumstances. A longer-term interest is public policy considerations regarding how to best bolster beneficial group behavior and social compliance.
Publications & Presentations
- Denkova, E., Alessio, C., Barry, J., Zanesco, A. P., Rogers., S. L., Matusevich, K., & Jha A. P. (in press). Practical and theoretical considerations for mindfulness training implementation in organizational settings. Handbook of Organizational Conflict Management.
- Boland, C. L., Zanesco, A. P., Denkova, E., Alessio, C., Price, M., Rogers, S. L., & Jha, A. P. (under review). Investigating the impact of short-form mindfulness training on measures of stress and affect in time-pressured professional and community settings.
- Alessio, C., Barry, J., Zanesco, A. P., Rogers, S. L., Matusevich, K., Denkova, E., & Jha, A. P. (2021, July 5-9). Investigating Train-the-Trainer Delivery of Short-form Mindfulness Training by Human Resource Professionals in a Workplace Setting. Presented at the International Conference on Mindfulness 2021; Online (Link To Talk)