Andrea Samson, Associate Professor
Andrea Samson is Associate Professor in Psychology and co-responsible for the French-speaking Masters program in Psychology at the Swiss Distance University Institute. She also has the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) Professorship at the Institute of Special Education, University of Fribourg.
She is director of the chEERS Lab – a team of researchers interested in the study of socio-emotional processes in individuals with developmental disorders (e.g. autism spectrum disorder) and with intellectual disabilities (e.g. Williams Syndrome). Positive emotions (such as humor) and emotion regulation in relation to mental health play an important role in several research projects. The team is also interested in using board games as well as new technologies such as virtual reality for the assessment of emotional competences and for remediation training programs.
Andrea Samson has studied and led research projects at various universities in Switzerland and abroad. She obtained her doctorate from the University of Fribourg and completed her post-doctorate at the University of Stanford (2010-2015). From 2015 to 2018, she received the Ambizione Fellowship from the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) at the Swiss Center for Affective Sciences (CISA), University of Geneva.