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JCU Authors Bibliography

Nicola Petrocchi

Publications from 2012 on

Petrocchi, Nicola, James Kirby, and Beatrice Baldi. 2024. Essentials of Compassion Focused Therapy: A Practice Manual for Clinicians. London: Routledge.

Seabra, Daniel, Sérgio A. Carvalho, Jorge Gato, Nicola Petrocchi, and Maria Do Céu Salvador. 2024. “(Self)Tainted Love: Shame and Self-Criticism as Self-Discriminatory Processes Underlying Psychological Suffering in Sexual Minority Individuals.Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment 0 (0): 1–19.

Cheli, Simone, Veronica Cavalletti, Paul H. Lysaker, Giancarlo Dimaggio, Nicola Petrocchi, Francesca Chiarello, Consuelo Enzo, Francesco Velicogna, Francesco Mancini, and Gil Goldzweig. 2023. “A Pilot Randomized Controlled Trial Comparing a Novel Compassion and Metacognition Approach for Schizotypal Personality Disorder with a Combination of Cognitive Therapy and Psychopharmacological Treatment.BMC Psychiatry 23 (1): 113.

Gilbert, Paul, Jaskaran Basran, Ptarmigan Plowright, Marcela Matos, James Kirby, and Nicola Petrocchi. 2023. “Fears and Resistances to Mindfulness: Development of a Self-Report Scale.Mindfulness, September.

Kirby, James N., and Nicola Petrocchi. 2023. “Compassion Focused Therapy – What It Is, What It Targets, and the Evidence.” In Handbook of Self-Compassion, edited by Amy Finlay-Jones, Karen Bluth, and Kristin Neff, 417–32. Mindfulness in Behavioral Health. Cham: Springer International Publishing.

Matos, Marcela, Kirsten Mcewan, Martin Kanovsky, Julia Halamova, Stanley Steindl, Nuno Ferreira, Mariana Linharelhos, et al. 2023. “Improvements in Compassion and Fears of Compassion throughout the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Multinational Study.International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 20 (January): 1845.

Petrocchi, Nicola, Cristina Ottaviani, Simone Cheli, Marcela Matos, Beatrice Baldi, Jaskaran Basran, and Paul Gilbert. 2023. “The Impact of Compassion-Focused Therapy on Positive and Negative Mental Health Outcomes: Results of a Series of Meta-Analyses.Clinical Psychology Science and Practice, December.

Seabra, Daniel, Jorge Gato, Nicola Petrocchi, Diogo Carreiras, and Maria do Céu Salvador. 2023. “Stigma Consciousness Questionnaire (SCQ-PT): Validation in a Portuguese Sample of Sexual Minorities.Sexuality Research and Social Policy, August.

Seabra, Daniel, Jorge Gato, Nicola Petrocchi, and Maria do Céu Salvador. 2023. “Shame Experiences and Psychopathology: The Mediating Role of Self-Compassion and Social Support in Sexual Minority Individuals.Journal of Evidence-Based Psychotherapies 23 (Special Issue): 137–52.

Sousa, Rúben, Diana Ribeiro da Silva, Nicola Petrocchi, Paul Gilbert, and Daniel Rijo. 2023. “At the Heart of Change: Differences in Young Offenders’ HRV Patterns after the Delivery of the PSYCHOPATHY.COMP Program.Frontiers in Psychiatry 13 (January).

Barcaccia, Barbara, Jayne M. Hartstone, Susanna Pallini, Nicola Petrocchi, Angelo Maria Saliani, and Oleg N. Medvedev. 2022. “Mindfulness, Social Safeness and Self-Reassurance as Protective Factors and Self-Criticism and Revenge as Risk Factors for Depression and Anxiety Symptoms in Youth.” Mindfulness, January.

Cheli, Simone, and Nicola Petrocchi. 2022. “Mindfulness and Compassion Practices for Cancer Patients: The Impact of Culture and Faith in CancerCare, Italy.” In Global Perspectives in Cancer Care: Religion, Spirituality, and Cultural Diversity in Health and Healing, edited by Michael Silbermann and Ann Berger, 125–30. Oxford University Press.

Gilbert, Paul, Jaskaran K. Basran, Joanne Raven, Hannah Gilbert, Nicola Petrocchi, Simone Cheli, Andrew Rayner, et al. 2022. “Compassion Focused Group Therapy for People With a Diagnosis of Bipolar Affective Disorder: A Feasibility Study.Frontiers in Psychology 13. 

Matos, Marcela, Isabel Albuquerque, Ana Galhardo, Marina Cunha, Margarida Pedroso Lima, Lara Palmeira, Nicola Petrocchi, Kirsten McEwan, Frances A. Maratos, and Paul Gilbert. 2022. “Nurturing Compassion in Schools: A Randomized Controlled Trial of the Effectiveness of a Compassionate Mind Training Program for Teachers.PLOS ONE 17 (3): e0263480.

Matos, Marcela, Kirsten McEwan, Martin Kanovský, Júlia Halamová, Stanley R. Steindl, Nuno Ferreira, Mariana Linharelhos, et al. 2022. “Compassion Protects Mental Health and Social Safeness During the COVID-19 Pandemic Across 21 Countries.Mindfulness, January, 1–18.

Matos, Marcela, Nicola Petrocchi, Chris Irons, and Stanley R. Steindl. 2022. “Never Underestimate Fears, Blocks, and Resistances: The Interplay between Experiential Practices, Self-Conscious Emotions, and the Therapeutic Relationship in Compassion Focused Therapy.Journal of Clinical Psychology, December.

Petrocchi, Nicola, Maria Di Bello, Simone Cheli, and Cristina Ottaviani. 2022. “Compassion Focused Therapy and the Body: How Physiological Underpinnings of Prosociality Inform Clinical Practice.” In Compassion Focused Therapy: Clinical Practice and Applications, edited by Paul Gilbert and Gregoris Simos. Routledge.

Seabra, Daniel, Jorge Gato, Diogo Carreiras, Nicola Petrocchi, and Maria do Céu Salvador. 2022. “Shame-Based Experiences of Homophobic Bullying and Mental Health: The Mediating Role of Self-Compassionate Actions.International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 19 (24): 16866.

Seabra, Daniel, Jorge Gato, Nicola Petrocchi, Diogo Carreiras, Julieta Azevedo, Luís Martins, and Maria do Céu Salvador. 2023. “Everyday Discrimination Scale: Dimensionality in a Portuguese Community Sample and Specific Versions for Sexual and Gender Minority.Current Psychology, September.

Sousa, Rúben, Nicola Petrocchi, Paul Gilbert, and Daniel Rijo. 2022. “Triggering Threat, Drive and Soothing: Differences in HRV Patterns between Forensic Boys and Male Community Adolescents.” Presented at the 7th Online EFCAP Congress 2022, May 18.

Cheli, Simone, Nicola Petrocchi, and Veronica Cavalletti. 2021. “Hearing Divine Voices: A Qualitative Enquiry about Criticism, Connectedness, and Compassion.Psychosis 0 (0): 1–12.

Di Bello, Maria, Cristina Ottaviani, and Nicola Petrocchi. 2021. “Compassion is not a Benzo: Distinctive Associations of Heart Rate Variability with Its Empathic and Action Components.” Frontiers in Neuroscience, February.

Makovac, Elena, Luca Carnevali, Sonia Hernandez-Medina, Andrea Sgoifo, Nicola Petrocchi, and Cristina Ottaviani. 2021. “Safe in My Heart: Resting Heart Rate Variability Longitudinally Predicts Emotion Regulation, Worry and Sense of Safeness during COVID-19 Lockdown.MedRxiv, June, 2021.06.17.21259071.

Matos, Marcela, Kirsten McEwan, Martin Kanovský, Júlia Halamová, Stanley R. Steindl, Nuno Ferreira, Mariana Linharelhos, et al. 2021. “Fears of Compassion Magnify the Harmful Effects of Threat of COVID-19 on Mental Health and Social Safeness across 21 Countries.Clinical Psychology & Psychotherapy. Advance online publication.

Nappa, Maria Rosaria, Maria Giuseppina Bartolo, Jessica Pistella, Nicola Petrocchi, Angela Costabile, and Roberto Baiocco. 2021. “‘I Do Not Like Being Me’: The Impact of Self-Hate on Increased Risky Sexual Behavior in Sexual Minority People.Sexuality Research and Social Policy, May.

Petrocchi, Nicola, Teresa Cosentino, Valerio Pellegrini, Giuseppe Femia, Antonella D’Innocenzo, and Francesco Mancini. 2021. “Compassion-Focused Group Therapy for Treatment-Resistant OCD: Initial Evaluation Using a Multiple Baseline Design.Frontiers in Psychology 11.

Seabra, Daniel, Jorge Gato, Nicola Petrocchi, and Maria do Céu Salvador. 2021. “Early Traumatic Shame Experiences, Mental Health, and Gender: How Are They Related?” May 28.

Sousa, Rúben, Nicola Petrocchi, Paul Gilbert, and Daniel Rijo. 2021. “HRV Patterns Associated with Different Affect Regulation Systems: Sex Differences in Adolescents.” International Journal of Psychophysiology, October.

Cheli, Simone, Veronica Cavalletti, and Nicola Petrocchi. 2020. “An Online Compassion-Focused Crisis Intervention during COVID-19 Lockdown: A Cases Series on Patients at High Risk for Psychosis.” Psychosis 0 (0): 1–4.

Di Bello, Maria, Luca Carnevali, Nicola Petrocchi, Julian F. Thayer, Paul Gilbert, and Cristina Ottaviani. 2020. “The Compassionate Vagus: A Meta-Analysis on the Connection between Compassion and Heart Rate Variability.” Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews 116 (September): 21–30.

Halamová, Júlia, Martin Kanovský, Nicola Petrocchi, Helena Moreira, Angélica López, Michael D. Barnett, Eunjoo Yang, et al. 2020. “Factor Structure of the Self-Compassion Scale in 11 International Samples.” Measurement and Evaluation in Counseling and Development, April, 1–23.

Kanovský, Martin, Júlia Halamová, David C. Zuroff, Nicholas A. Troop, Paul Gilbert, Ben Shahar, Nicola Petrocchi, et al. 2020. “A Multilevel Multidimensional Finite Mixture Item Response Model to Cluster Respondents and Countries.” European Journal of Psychological Assessment, December, 1–12.

Halamova, Julia, Martin Kanovsky, Paul Gilbert, Nicholas Troop, David C. Zuroff, Nicola Petrocchi, Nicola Hermanto, et al. 2019. “Multiple Group IRT Measurement Invariance Analysis of the Forms of Self-Criticising/Attacking and Self-Reassuring Scale in Thirteen International Samples.Journal of Rational-Emotive & Cognitive-Behavior Therapy, April.

Petrocchi, Nicola, and Simone Cheli. 2019. “The Social Brain and Heart Rate Variability: Implications for Psychotherapy.” Psychology and Psychotherapy: Theory, Research and Practice 92, no. 2, 208-223.

Petrocchi, Nicola, Jessica Pistella, Marco Salvati, Nicola Carone, Fiorenzo Laghi, and Roberto Baiocco. 2019. “I Embrace My LGB Identity: Self-Reassurance, Social Safeness, and the Distinctive Relevance of Authenticity to Well-Being in Italian Lesbians, Gay Men, and Bisexual People.” Sexuality Research and Social Policy Journal of NSRC, January, 1–12.

Halamova, Julia, Martin Kanovsky, Paul Gilbert, Nicholas Troop, David C. Zuroff, Nicola Hermanto, Nicola Petrocchi, Marion Sommers-Spijkerman, James N. Kirby, Ben Shahar, Tobias Krieger, Marcela Matos, Kenichi Asano, FuYa Yu, Jaskaran Basran and Nuriye Kupeli. 2018. “The Factor Structure of the Forms of Self-Criticising/Attacking & Self-Reassuring Scale in Thirteen Distinct Populations.Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment, June, 1–16.

Petrocchi, Nicola, Francesco Dentale, and Paul Gilbert. 2018. “Self-Reassurance, Not Self-Esteem, Serves as a Buffer between Self-Criticism and Depressive Symptoms.Psychology and Psychotherapy.

Dentale, Francesco, Nicola Petrocchi, Michele Vecchione, Claudia Biagioli, Accursio Gennaro, and Cristiano Violani. 2017. “Factorial Structure and Construct Validity of an Italian Version of the Fears of Compassion Scales: A Study on Non-Clinical Subjects.” Psychology and Psychotherapy, June. doi:10.1111/papt.12136.

Farina, Federica, Barbara Barcaccia, Feliciano Lizzadro, Antonino Raffone, Giacomo Della Marca, Lucia Calabrese, Francesco Mancini, and Nicola Petrocchi. 2017. “Mindful Disposition, Rumination and Insomnia.” 

Kirby, James N., James Doty, Nicola Petrocchi, and Paul Gilbert. 2017. “The Current and Future Role of Heart Rate Variability for Assessing and Training Compassion.” Frontiers in Public Health, no. 5: 40. doi:10.3389/fpubh.2017.00040.

Petrocchi, Nicola, Gianfranco Piccirillo, Claudia Fiorucci, and Cristina Ottaviani. 2017. “Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation Enhances Soothing Positive Affect and Vagal Tone.” Neuropsychologia, January. doi:

Colonnello, Valentina, Nicola Petrocchi, Marina Farinelli, and Cristina Ottaviani. 2016. “Positive Social Interactions in a Lifespan Perspective with a Focus on Opioidergic and Oxytocinergic Systems: Implications for Neuroprotection.” Current Neuropharmacology 14 (999): 1.

Couyoumdjian, Alessandro, Cristina Ottaviani, Nicola Petrocchi, Roberta Trincas, Katia Tenore, Carlo Buonanno, Francesco Mancini, Peter Kirsch, and Alexandre Schaefer. 2016. “Reducing the Meta-Emotional Problem Decreases Physiological Fear Response during Exposure in Phobics.” Frontiers in Psychology 7:1105-. 

Muris, Peter, Henry Otgaar, and Nicola Petrocchi. 2016. “Protection as the Mirror Image of Psychopathology: Further Critical Notes on the Self-Compassion Scale.” Mindfulness 7 (3): 787–790.

Muris, Peter, and Nicola Petrocchi. 2016. “Protection or Vulnerability? A Meta-Analysis of the Relations Between the Positive and Negative Components of Self-Compassion and Psychopathology.” Clinical Psychology & Psychotherapy.

Petrocchi, Nicola, and Alessandro Couyoumdjian. 2016. “The Impact of Gratitude on Depression and Anxiety: The Mediating Role of Criticizing, Attacking, and Reassuring the Self.” Self and Identity 15 (2): 191–205.

Petrocchi, Nicola, Macela Matos, Sérgio Carvalho, and Roberto Baiocco. 2016. "Compassion-Focused Therapy in the Treatment of Shame-based Difficulties in Gender and Sexual Minorities." In Mindfulness and Acceptance for Gender and Sexual Minorities: A Clinician's Guide to Fostering Compassion, Connection, and Equality Using Contextual Strategies, edited by Matthew D. Skinta and Aisling Curtin, 69-xxx. Oakland, CA : Context Press.

Petrocchi, Nicola, and Cristina Ottaviani. 2016. “Mindfulness Facets Distinctively Predict Depressive Symptoms After Two Years: The Mediating Role of Rumination.” Personality and Individual Differences 93:92–96.

Petrocchi, Nicola, Cristina Ottaviani, and Alessandro Couyoumdjian. 2016. “Compassion at the Mirror: Exposure to a Mirror Increases the Efficacy of a Self-Compassion Manipulation in Enhancing Soothing Positive Affect and Heart Rate Variability.” The Journal of Positive Psychology, 1–12.

Hofmann, Stefan G., Nicola Petrocchi, James Steinberg, Muyu Lin, Kohki Arimitsu, Shelley Kind, Adriana Mendes, and Ulrich Stangier. 2015. “Loving-Kindness Meditation to Target Affect in Mood Disorders: A Proof-of-Concept Study.” Evidence-Based Complementary & Alternative Medicine (eCAM).

Petrocchi, Nicola, Anu Asnaani, Alejandra Piquer Martinez, Ashwini Nadkarni, and Stefan G. Hofmann. 2015. “Differences Between People Who Use Only Facebook and Those Who Use Facebook Plus Twitter.” International Journal of Human-Computer Interaction 31 (2): 157–65.

Petrocchi, Nicola, S. G. Hoffman, D. Brager, M. H. Lin, and F. Shangguan. 2014. “The Quality of Empirically Supported Treatment Studies.” The Clinical Psychologist 64 (4): 4–13.

Petrocchi, Nicola, Katia Tenore, Alessandro Couyoumdjian, and Andrea Gragnani. 2014. “The Anxiety Sensitivity Index-3: Factor Structure and Psychometric Properties in Italian Clinical and Non-Clinical Samples.” BPA - Applied Psychology Bulletin (Bollettino Di Psicologia Applicata) 62 (269). 

Petrocchi, Nicola. 2013. “Il perdono di sé: Analisi del costrutto e possibili applicazioni cliniche.” In Teoria e clinica del perdono, edited by Barbara Barcaccia and Francesco Mancini, 185–228. Milano: R. Cortina.

Carnì, Serena, Nicola Petrocchi, Carlamaria Del Miglio, Francesco Mancini, and Alessandro Couyoumdjian. 2013. “Intrapsychic and Interpersonal Guilt: A Critical Review of the Recent Literature.” Cognitive Processing: International Quarterly of Cognitive Science 14 (4): 333–46.

Ottaviani, Cristina, Francesco Mancini, Nicola Petrocchi, Barbara Medea, and Alessandro Couyoumdjian. 2013. “Autonomic Correlates of Physical and Moral Disgust.” International Journal of Psychophysiology 89 (1): 57–62.

Petrocchi, Nicola, Cristina Ottaviani, and Alessandro Couyoumdjian. 2013. “Dimensionality of Self-Compassion: Translation and Construct Validation of the Self-Compassion Scale in an Italian Sample.” Journal of Mental Health 23 (2): 72–77.

Petrocchi, Nicola. 2012. “Vincenzo il promesso calciatore: Trattamento di un disturbo narcisistico di personalità.” Psicoterapeuti in-Formazione.

Gilbert, Paul. 2012. La terapia focalizzata sulla compassione: Caratteristiche. Translated by Nicola Petrocchi. Milano: Franco Angeli.

Laghi, Fiorenzo, Roberto Baiocco, Elisa Ghezzi, Nicola Petrocchi, and Cecilia Serena Pace. 2012. “La fiducia nell’attaccamento ai genitori e ai pari e i disturbi del comportamento alimentare in adolescenza.” Psicologia Clinica dello Sviluppo 16 (3): 557–578.

Petrocchi, Nicola, and Alessandro Couyoumdjian. 2012. “L’impiego delle tecniche della terapia focalizzata sulla compassione per promuovere il processo di accettazione in psicoterapia.” Cognitivismo Clinico 9 (2).