December 19, 2013


We are now at the Swiss Center for Affective Sciences, Geneva University, Switzerland on Campus Biotech!

Check out our website:

Research Goals and Projects
I am interested in affective processes such as emotion reactivity and regulation in children, adolescents, and young adults with and without psychopathologies, including Autism Spectrum Disorder and Williams syndrome. The ultimate goal of my research project is to better understand psychological phenomena from an affective science perspective. The focus on emotional processes in psychopathology may help to better formulate treatment implications to improve emotional functioning in children and adolescents.

With my team at the  Swiss Center for Affective Sciences, University of Geneva, but also with my collaborators at Stanford University, we are currently working on the development of emotion regulation trainings for children and adolescents with and without psychopathologies (e.g., Autism Spectrum Disorder). For example, with my collaborators at Stanford University, we developed a parenting workshop to teach parents how to help their children with Autism Spectrum Disorder regulate their emotions. The team at Stanford University, headed by Yael Enav, PhD, is still recruiting parents who are interested in participating! Moreover, in a project together with Stanford University and the University of Luxembourg, we are testing the efficacy for a positive emotion regulation intervention for children, adolescents, and young adults with and without developmental disorders. Please contact if you are interested in participating.

One important project focuses on the development of a board game to teach children emotion regulation strategies - check out our website on the emotion regulation game!

Other projects revolve around affective processes such as humor, positive emotions, and mixed emotions, for example, humor as an emotion regulation strategy or positive affective processes in Autism Spectrum Disorder. Individual differences and neural correlates of humor, as well as humor in individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder has been in the main focus of our group.

Andrea C. Samson, PhD
contact: andrea.samson (at)

* Scientific Advisor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University 

see my current research interests

Team at the Swiss Center for Affective Sciences: 

*Alexandra Zaharia
Research Assistant and Study coordinator for the "Positive Emotion Regulation Training for Children, Adolescents, and Young Adults with and without Developmental Disorders (e.g., Autism Spectrum Disorder)

*Adam Lobel
Assistant and Project coordinator (co-supervision with Prof. David Sander)
We are working on the development of a training or game to teach children about emotions and emotion regulation in the school context.
see our project:

*Katerina Giannadou
PhD-student (co-supervision with Dr. Elizabeth Milne, Sheffield University)
Katerina is focusing on oscillation patterns in individuals with ASD in relation to ASD symptom severity and repetitive behaviors.

In Geneva, I am collaborating with David SanderPatrik Vuilleumier, David Rudrauf, and Edouard Gentaz and their teams.


Collaborations with Stanford University

Yael Enav, PhD

James J. Gross Stanford Psychophysiology Laboratory, Stanford University

Antonio Hardan Head of the Autism Clinic, Stanford University Medical Center