Researcher in Psychology and Psychotherapist
Visiting fellow at the London School of Economics (LSE)
Head of Research at Zeeko
Marina Everri is a Dublin-based cyberpsychologist and Head of Research at Zeeko. Marina’s research and expertise involve social and developmental psychology with interest in how the internet and digital technologies affect families’ lives. At Zeeko, Marina carries out EU-funded research project on the impact of Virtual Reality (VR) on children’s development, mental health and parent-child communication.
Born in Italy, Marina earned Master’s Degree in Psychology in 2003 from the University of Parma with a thesis on prejudice and discrimination processes toward single and divorced mothers in Italy. During her MSc in Psychology, Marina was involved in a group of social psychologists working on family diversity, prejudice, and gender issues, coordinated by professor Laura Fruggeri. The group shared a social constructionist approach to study psycho-social and developmental processes in children, families, and communities. In 2007 she obtained a PhD scholarship followed by a four-year Postdoctoral Fellowship in Social Psychology at the University of Parma. In her PhD dissertation Marina studied how adolescents’ individual changes trigger family system reorganisations and adjustment.
In 2004 Marina took a post-graduate internship at the University of New Hampshire, in the Department of Communication where she studied social constructionism principles and interpersonal communication, working with professor Sheila McNamee. In 2009 and 2013 respectively, she spent visiting periods at the Department of Anthropology at the University of California, Los Angeles, where she collaborated with professor Elinor Ochs, and at the Graduate School of Education and Institute of Human Development, University of California, Berkeley, where she worked with professor Laura Sterponi.
In 2015 Marina was awarded a Marie Skłodowska Curie Fellowship at the London School of Economics (LSE) which allowed her to develop a new line of transdisciplinary research (developmental/social psychology and media and communication) on the role of digital media in children’s development and family communication. At the LSE she worked at both the Department of Psychological and Behavioural Science and Department of Media and Communications, within the research teams leaded by professor Saadi Lahlou and Sonia Livingstone, respectively.
Together with professor Lahlou she founded the SEBE-Lab, an interdisciplinary research laboratory for the study of subjectivity, human-computer interactions, and social relations more broadly, using digital ethnography and first-person perspective technique. She is currently visiting fellow at the Department of Media and
Alongside her academic research Marina worked as a consultant for healthcare, educational, and social services. She also received the license to practice as a Family Psychotherapist in 2010.
In September 2017 as part of Horizon 2020 SME Innovation Programme, Marina was appointed by Zeeko as Head of Research. Marina’s vision of her collaboration with Zeeko is to enable knowledge transfer between academic and non-academic institutions to make a positive social change. Together with Zeeko, Marina is committed to the development of better education programmes and strategies that empower children and their parents to safely benefit from the internet and technology.
Digital media, family communication, child development, digital ethnography
I am currently working on a research project aimed at exploring the potential of Immersive Virtual Reality Technology (IVR) for children’s learning processes and social-emotional wellbeing. Thanks to an EU-funded grant I was awarded in 2017, I can continue the line of research I have started in 2015 thanks to a Marie Curie Fellowship (2015-17). In my previous project, which represented an expansion of my interest in interpersonal relations and communication processes in contemporary society, I used a transdisciplinary framework of social/developmental psychology and media and communications to understand the impact of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) on adolescents’ development and family communication. I have developed a new methodological protocol based on a mix of classic methods (informed by family systems theories) with innovative methods (Subjective Evidence Based Ethnography) based on First Person Perspective and Digital Ethnography developed by professor Saadi Lahlou, the supervisor of this project. Professor Sonia Livingstone of the Department of Media and Communications at LSE also co-supervised this project.
Adolescents, parenting, family functioning, mixed-methods approach
I became interested in this research area after my Master Degree in Social Psychology. My interest focuses on child development and interactive and communicative processes occurring in families, and on how these processes are constructed, maintained and transformed during child development, especially in adolescence (Molinari, Everri and Fruggeri, 2010). As a social psychologist, I am interested in interpersonal communication and interaction. Collaboration with linguistically oriented developmental psychologists and anthropologists (Luisa Molinari, Laura Sterponi, and Elinor Ochs) has inspired my increasing interest in the role of language and culture in interaction and improved my ethnographic skills. My interdisciplinary background has thus enabled me to explore with much insight the interplay between individual, interpersonal and cultural processes. In my investigations, I have mainly employed the qualitative methods of video-ethnography, and observational and discourse analytic methodologies (Everri, 2011; Everri, Molinari, and Fruggeri, 2014; Everri and Fruggeri, 2014); however, recently, I have carried out research studies employing quantitative instruments (e.g. Everri, Mancini and Fruggeri, in press; Everri, Mancini and Fruggeri, 2016; 2015).
Family diversity and discrimination, practitioners’ prejudices
My scholarship on child development and family processes is also informed by a commitment to understanding family diversity (e.g., same-sex families, stepfamilies, immigrant families) and discrimination, and the relation between contemporary families and social agencies (health care, educational and social services). I have carried out research projects through collaboration with Italian Health Care Agencies. My interest in family diversity and discrimination started with a study of single mother dynamics and perceived stereotyping (Fruggeri and Everri, 2005), which was followed by studies on gender and racial discrimination in interpersonal and inter-group contexts (Caricati and Everri, 2009; Foa, Everri, and Davolo, 2009). Following these studies, I sought to develop an understanding of the interplay between family dynamics, disability and professionals’ stereotypes and prejudices (Everri, Franchomme, and Gandini, 2011). In a paper co-authored with Laura Fruggeri and Elena Venturelli (2014), I documented how the prejudicial models of clinical practitioners toward same-sex families perpetuate subconsciously these professionals’ practices, leading to stigma and exclusion. In response, I have proposed a novel model to prevent discriminatory practices in organizations. I have recently edited a book on these issues (Everri, 2016).
Contact Dr Marina Everri:
Head of Research
University College Dublin
Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland.
Department of Media and Communications
London School of Economics and Political Science