Professional Experience

September 2021
present

University of Florence - Department of Neuroscience, Psychology, Drug Research and Child Health, Florence. Italy.

Research fellow (RTD-a)

April 2020
August 2021

University of Pisa - Department of Translational Research and New Technologies in Medicine and Surgery, Pisa, Italy.

Marie-Skłodowska Curie individual fellow

January 2020
March 2020

University of Florence - Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei, Florence, Italy.

Researcher scientist - "The neural substrate of numerical cognition in developmental dyscalculia revealed by eye tracking, pupillometry and ultra-high field 7T functional magnetic imaging". - Supervisor:  Prof. David Burr

April 2019
December 2019

IRCCS Stella Maris Foundation, Calambrone (PI), Italy.

Researcher scientist - "Psychophysical testing, design and implementation 7T fMRI experiments to study the visual cortex". NEURODREAM- Supervisor:  Prof. Maria Concetta Morrone

December 2018
May 2019

University of Florence, NEUROFARBA, Florence, Italy

Researcher scientist - “Visuo-spatial working memory and crowding mechanisms in developmental dyscalulia”. Supervisor:  Prof. David Burr

February 2016
November 2018

INSERM, Cognitive Neuroimaging Unit, Neurospin, Paris, France

Post doctoral researcher  -  “Distinguishing numerical codes in the human brain with high-field imaging (7T fMRI)”. Supervisor:  MD Evelyn Eger

July 2014
January 2016

University of Pisa, Department of Translational Research on New Technologies in Medicine and Surgery, Pisa, Italy.

Post doctoral researcher - "Functional exploration of the visual system". Supervisor:  Prof. Maria Concetta Morrone

March 2014
March 2018

University of Pisa, Department of Translational Research on New Technologies in Medicine and Surgery, Pisa, Italy.

Honorary research collaborator for the project “Cortical Plasticity in Retinitis Pigmentosa: an integrated study from animal models to humans”. Supervisor:  Prof. Maria Concetta Morrone

March 2014
May 2014

IRCCS Stella Maris Foundation, Calambrone (PI), Italy. 

"Design and implementation of the fMRI experiments". Supervisor:  Prof. Maria Concetta Morrone

March 2010
May 2010

IRCCS Stella Maris Foundation, Calambrone (PI), Italy.

"Design and realization of fMRI experiments".  Supervisor:  Prof. Maria Concetta Morrone

Awards

2020

Marie-Skłodowska Curie individual fellowship, 171.473 euros

2019

Post doctoral Fellowship –"Dott. Giuseppe Guelfi" 2019, per ricerche nel campo della Biomedicina e Biologia, Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei, 22.000 euros

2015

Travel Grant - Italian Society for Neuroscience Congress, Cagliari, Italy, 500 euros

2011

PhD scholarship - University of Florence, total budget: 40.914 euros

Education and training

January 2011
April 2014

PhD in Psychology and Neuroscience (scholarship winner, total budget: 40.914 euros)

University of Florence, Department of Psychology Florence, Italy

Thesis: “Object segmentation and enumeration”

Supervisor: Prof. David Burr

January 2013
December 2013

Visiting PhD Student   

Cognitive Neuroimaging Unit, Neurospin. Paris, France

Supervisor: MD Evelyn Eger

November 2010

Italian professional qualification in Psychology

(“Esame di Stato per l’abilitazione all’esercizio della professione di Psicologo” - ALBO A)

September 2007
March 2010

Master of Cognitive Neuroscience (Final mark: 110/110 cum laude)

Vita-Salute San Raffaele University. Milan, Italy

Thesis: “Selectivity to spatial phase of chromatic cortical mechanisms: an fMRI study”

Supervisor:  Prof. Maria Concetta Morrone

September 2004
September 2007

Bachelor of Psychological Science (Final mark: 110/110 cum laude)

Vita-Salute San Raffaele University. Milan, Italy

Thesis: “Neural substrate of dyslexia”

 Supervisor: Prof. Daniela Perani

Clinical courses and Internships

January 2015
January 2016

Developmental neuropsychology academy

A.N.Svi, Parma, Italy

February 2012
February 2013

Annual Master "Diagnosis and Treatment for Specific learning disabilities"

Centro Risorse, Prato, Italy

February 2012
February 2013

Internship "Diagnosis and Treatment for Specific learning disabilities"

IRCCS Stella Maris Foundation. Calambrone (PI), Italy

April 2010
Septembre 2010

Post-lauream Internship "Diagnosis and Treatment of Oppositional Defiant Disorder and ADHD"

IRCCS Stella Maris Foundation.Calambrone (PI), Italy

Teaching and Mentoring experiences

September 2017
November 2018

Supervision of 1 master (Hélène Kopekin, UPMC – Faculty of Medicine, Pierre et Marie Curie) student and 1 neuropsychologist (Sahawanatou Gassama, ARTA Paris Santé Réussite Neuropediatric hospital).

January 2015
February 2018

Teaching within the private “Annual Master in Learning Disabilities”

Società Italiana di Psicologia e Pedagogia, Perignano (PI), Italy
www.sipponline.org/elisa-castaldi.html

October 2014
November 2017

Cultore della materia

University of Florence, Department of Psychology. Florence, Italy

Seminars within the course "Psychophysical evaluation" hold by Prof. Burr

Peer review activity

Present

Reviewer Editor on the Editorial Board of Perception Science
part of the journal Frontiers in Neuroscience and Frontiers in Psychology

Present

Ad hoc reviewer for Neuroimage, Human Brain Mapping, Cortex, Perception, Royal Society Open Science