CISA affiliated groups


Psychopathology and Emotion Regulation Group - Andrea Samson (PI)


We are interested in affective processes such as emotion reactivity and regulation in children, adolescents, and young adults with and without psychopathologies. The ultimate goal of our research is to better understand psychological phenomena in disorders such as Autism Spectrum Disorder and Williams syndrome from an affective science perspective. This goal may help to better formulate treatment implications to improve emotional functioning in children and adolescents.

Our team at the University of Geneva, as well as with our collaborators at Stanford University, is currently working on the development of emotion regulation interventions for children and adolescents with and without psychopathologies (e.g., Autism Spectrum Disorder). For example, we offer a psycho-educative emotion regulation intervention for children and adolescents with and without developmental disorders. We are currently recruiting participants, so please don’t hesitate to contact alexandra.zaharia(at)  to learn more.


Another important project is the emotion regulation game for children which Adam Lobel, Andrea Samson and David Sander are developing together. Learn more here.

Other projects revolve around affective processes such as humor, positive emotions, and mixed emotions. For example, we investigate humor as an emotion regulation strategy or positive affective processes in psychopathology. The main focus of this work has concerned individual differences and neural correlates of humor, as well as humor in individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder.


Adam Lobel


Alexandra Zaharia
Research assistant
Phone : 022 379 09 25


Katerina Giannadou
PhD student



We are currently recruiting children, adolescents, and young adults between the ages of 11 and 25 to participate in a positive emotion regulation training. Visit our Facebook page: or contact us by e-mail: emotion(at) or by phone: 022 379 09 25.

Nous sommes actuellement à la recherche d'enfants, adolescents et jeunes adultes entre 11 et 25 ans intéressés à participer à l'entraînement sur la régulation des émotions positives. Visitez notre page Facebook: ou laissez-nous un message par e-mail: emotion(at) ou par téléphone: 022 379 09 25

Pour plus de détails, veuillez consulter notre brochure: Brochure informative sur l'entraînement à la régulation des émotions positives



14 february 2017, Chateau de Bossey: Workshop Emotion Regulation Game Development - what an awesome and creative group! Thanks to everyone for participating!

30 mars 2017, Centre Orif, Pont-de-la-Morge, à 19h30: Soirée ateliers - Compétences émotionnelles dans les TSA, organisée par Autisme-Valais. Introduction de la soirée: Dr. Andrea Samson. Atelier sur la gestion des émotions positives et bien-être: Dr. Andrea Samson et Alexandra Zaharia. Pour plus d'informations et inscription, veuillez consultez le site de l'association Autisme-Valais:ée-ateliers-30-03-2017/

25 novembre 2017, Valais: Les émotions: les comprendre et les réguler. Formation pour les parents, professionnels ou accompagnants organisée par Autisme Suisse Romande. Intervenantes: Dr. Andrea Samson et Prof. Evelyne Thommen. Pour plus d'information et inscription, veuillez consultez le site de l'association Autisme Suisse Romande:





Stanford psychologists find that jokes help us cope with horrifying images

Press release
Stanford Report, August 1, 2011
Stanford researchers investigate the emotional side of autism

Press release
Stanford Report, 2012
April 1, 2014: 
What about humor in individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder? 
In: The People's Science