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dr. M. (Marilisa) Boffo

Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences
Programme group Developmental Psychology

Visiting address
  • Nieuwe Achtergracht 129
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Postal address
  • Postbus 15916
    1001 NK Amsterdam
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  • Main Research Interests

    My research interests generally concern with cognitive processes underlying the aetiology and maintenance of substance and behavioural addiction disorders, with a narrow focus on treatment of alcohol and gambling disorders. My current research line has a twofold focus: the use of new technology/e-health platforms and the investigation of novel treatment venues, such as Cognitive Bias Modification interventions, with the inclusion of game elements. As a result of my background in research methods, I am further specialising in the design and management of randomized clinical trials, with a special attention on their methodological aspects (i.e., protocol design, outcome assessment, data management and analysis, etc.).

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  • Short Bio

    I am a clinical psychologist and a research methodologist. I studied Clinical Psychology at the University of Padua and graduated cum laude in 2008. For almost two years, I worked as a research assistant at the Department of Applied Psychology of the University of Padua and completed my one-year professional clinical internship at the University Hospital of Padua. From 2011 to 2013, I completed my PhD on Research Methods in Clinical Psychology at the Department of Applied Psychology of the University of Padua, under the supervision of Prof. Stefania Mannarini. During this period I started collaborating with prof. Reinout Wiers and spent eight months as visiting PhD student at the ADAPT lab, where I designed and started a randomized clinical trial in collaboration with an outpatient addiction health care institute in Italy. In 2014, I started my first post-doc on a project on Cognitive Bias Modification for gambling disorders in collaboration with Prof. Geert Dom (Collaborative Antwerp Research Institute, University of Antwerp, Belgium) and Prof. Reinout Wiers, followed by a second post-doc project at the University of Amsterdam within the NextLevel project in collaboration with Prof. Valentijn Visch (Department of Industrial Design, TUDelft), Prof. Reinout Wiers and Dr. Elske Salemink, focusing on the application of game design principles to optimise e-health interventions for internalizing and externalizing disorders. 


  • Publications


    • Otkhmezuri, B., Boffo, M., Siriaraya, P., Matsangidou, M., Wiers, R. W., Mackintosh, B., ... Salemink, E. (2019). Believing Is Seeing: A Proof-of-Concept Semiexperimental Study on Using Mobile Virtual Reality to Boost the Effects of Interpretation Bias Modification for Anxiety. JMIR MENTAL HEALTH, 6(2), e11517.
    • Boffo, M., Zerhouni, O., Gronau, Q. F., van Beek, R. J. J., Nikolaou, K., Marsman, M., & Wiers, R. W. (2019). Cognitive Bias Modification for Behavior Change in Alcohol and Smoking Addiction: Bayesian Meta-Analysis of Individual Participant Data. Neuropsychological Rehabilitation. DOI: 10.1007/s11065-018-9386-4


    • Wiers, R. W., Boffo, M., & Field, M. (2018). What's in a Trial? On the Importance of Distinguishing Between Experimental Lab Studies and Randomized Controlled Trials: The Case of Cognitive Bias Modification and Alcohol Use Disorders. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 79(3), 333-343. DOI: 10.15288/jsad.2018.79.333 [details]
    • Boffo, M., Smits, R., Salmon, J. P., Cowie, M. E., de Jong, D. T. H. A., Salemink, E., ... Wiers, R. W. (2018). Luck, come here! Automatic approach tendencies toward gambling cues in moderate- to high-risk gamblers. Addiction, 113(2), 289-298. DOI: 10.1111/add.14071 [details]



    • Boendermaker, W. J., Sanchez Maceiras, S., Boffo, M., & Wiers, R. W. (2016). Attentional Bias Modification With Serious Game Elements: Evaluating the Shots Game. JMIR Serious Games, 4(2), [e20]. DOI: 10.2196/games.6464 [details]


    • Boendermaker, W. J., Boffo, M., & Wiers, R. W. (2015). Exploring elements of fun to motivate youth to do cognitive bias modification. Games for Health Journal, 4(6), 434-443. DOI: 10.1089/g4h.2015.0053 [details]
    • Boffo, M., Pronk, T., Wiers, R. W., & Mannarini, S. (2015). Combining cognitive bias modification training with motivational support in alcohol dependent outpatients: study protocol for a randomised controlled trial. Trials, 16(63). DOI: 10.1186/s13063-015-0576-6 [details]
    • Mannarini, S., & Boffo, M. (2015). Anxiety, bulimia, drug and alcohol addiction, depression, and schizophrenia: what do you think about their aetiology, dangerousness, social distance, and treatment? A latent class analysis approach. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology, 50(1), 27-37. DOI: 10.1007/s00127-014-0925-x [details]


    • Boffo, M., Mannarini, S., Pronk, T., & Wiers, R. W. (2014). Cognitive bias modification of alcohol approach tendencies: a Rasch model-based evaluation of a longitudinal study. TPM Testing, Psychometrics, Methodology in Applied Psychology, 21(4), 449-466. DOI: 10.4473/TPM21.4.6 [details]


    • Wiers, R. W., Boffo, M., & Field, M. (2018). What's in a Trial? The Authors Respond: Persistent Mixing of Apples and Oranges, or Carefully Synthesizing and Designing the Next Steps in Research on Cognitive Bias Modification in Addiction. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 79(3), 348-349. DOI: 10.15288/jsad.2018.79.348 [details]


    • Dom, G., Snippe, L., Willemen, R., Wiers, R., & Boffo, M. (2017). E-Mental health interventions for the treatment of gambling. European psychiatry, 41(Supplement), S43. DOI: 10.1016/j.eurpsy.2017.01.190 [details]


    • Wiers, R., van Deursen, D., Wolf, A., Boffo, M., & Salemink, E. (2014). Training van cognitieve processen ter ondersteuning van de behandeling van problematisch middelengebruik. In G. M. Schippers, M. Smeerdijk, & M. J. M. Merx (Eds.), Handboek cognitieve gedragstherapie bij middelengebruik en gokken (pp. 411-427). Amersfoort/Utrecht: Stichting Resultaten Scoren i.s.m. Perspectief Uitgevers. [details]


    • Mannarini, S., Caccamo, F., Balottin, L., & Boffo, M. (2015). Repeated-measures models of Rasch person parameters: Applications to clinical data to evaluate the effectiveness of a therapeutic treatment. Poster session presented at 46th European Mathematical Psychology Group Meeting, .


    • Boffo, M., Pronk, T., Cerantola, E., Mannarini, S., & Wiers, R. W. (2014). Combined Cognitive Bias Modification training in alcohol addict outpatients: A Randomized Controlled Clinical Trial. What ́s the progress so far? Poster nominated for the Best Poster Award. Poster session presented at 44th European Association for Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Congress, .
    • Pronk, T., Boffo, M., van Wijngaarden, J., Boutin, B., Mileviciute, I., Larsen, H., & Wiers, R. W. (2014). CBM training and measurement via the Internet. Poster session presented at E-Market of the 44th European Association for Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Congress, .


    • Boffo, M., Ronny, W., Pronk, T., Wiers, R. W., & Dom, G. (2015). Internet based retraining as a treatment for gambling disorders. European psychiatry, 30(S1), 125. DOI: 10.1016/S0924-9338(15)30104-8 [details]

    Talk / presentation

    • van Beek, R. (speaker), Zerhouni, O. (speaker), Boffo, M. (speaker), Nikolaou, K. (speaker), Wiers, R. W. H. J. (speaker) & Marsman, M. (speaker) (1-9-2017). This but a scratch! Comparing frequentist and Bayesian meta-analysis on CBM on addictive behaviours., 31st annual conference of the European Health Psychology Society., Padua, Italy.
    • Wiers, R. W. H. J. (speaker), Larsen, H. (speaker), Kong, G. (speaker), Guiquinto, G. (speaker), van Bockstaele, B. D. (speaker), Boffo, M. (speaker) & Krishnan-Sarin, S. (speaker) (30-8-2017). Is Approach Bias Modification a Useful Tool in Smoking Cessation?, 31st annual conference of the European Health Psychology Society., Padua, Italy.
    • Boffo, M. (speaker), Willemen, R. (speaker), Pronk, T. (speaker), Wiers, R. W. (speaker) & Dom, G. (speaker) (28-3-2015). Internet based re-training as a treatment for Gambling Disorders, 23rd European Congress of Psychiatry (European Psychiatric Association), Vienna, Austria.
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