I am author of over 100 peer-reviewed papers and book chapters in English and Italian. I’m also the editor of an Italian book series on recent advances in psychotherapy and have served as guest editor of a few special issues.

I report below my recent publications in English. I regularly update my ResearchGate profile which can be consulted for all other publications. Information about my CV are in “Who I am” section, updates in “News” section. You can also find preprints and datasets on my OSF profile.

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Petrocchi, N., Ottaviani, C., Cheli, S., Matos, M., Basran, J.K., & Gilbert, P. (2023). The impact of Compassion Focused Therapy on positive and negative mental health outcomes: a meta-analysis.

Cheli, S., Cavalletti, V., & Hopwood, C. (2023). Threatening beliefs about self and other moderate the association between psychoticism and psychological distress.


Cheli S. e Petrocchi N. (2022). Mindful compassion practices for cancer patients: An integrative approach to culture and faith. In M. Silbermann, A. Berger (Eds.), Global perspectives in cancer care: Religion, spirituality, and cultural diversity in health and healing. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.

Petrocchi, S., Di Bello, M., Cheli, S., & Ottaviani, C. (2022). Compassion focused therapy and the body: how physiological underpinnings of prosociality inform clinical practice. In P. Gilbert & G. Simons (Eds), Compassion Focused Therapy: Clinical Practice and Applications. London, UK; Routledge.


Cheli, S. & Cavalletti, V. (2023). An Evolutionarily Oriented Therapy for Autistic Adolescents with Extraordinary Skills: A Two-Case Series. Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy.

Cheli, S., Goldzweig, G., Lysaker, P.H.,, Chiarello, F., Wiesepape, C., & Cavalletti, V. (2023). An evolutionarily informed therapy for adolescents with prominent schizotypal traits: A pilot five case series. Psychosis.

Cheli, S., Cavalletti, V., Lysaker, P.H., Dimaggio, G., Petrocchi, N., Chiarello, F., Enzo, C., Velicogna, F., Mancini, F., & Goldzweig, G. (2023). A pilot randomized controlled trial comparing a novel compassion and metacognition approach for schizotypal personality disorder with a combination of cognitive therapy and psychopharmacological treatment. BMC Psychiatry 23, 113 (2023).

Matos, M., McEwan, K., Kanovský, M., Halamová, J., Steindl, S. R., Ferreira, N., Linharelhos, M., Rijo D, Asano K, Vilas SP, Márquez MG, Gregório S, Brito-Pons G, Lucena-Santos P, da Silva Oliveira M, de Souza EL, Llobenes L, Gumiy N, Costa MI, Habib N, Hakem R, Khrad H, Alzahrani A, Cheli S, Petrocchi N, Tholouli E, Issari P, Simos G, Lunding-Gregersen V, Elklit A, Kolts R, Kelly AC, Bortolon C, Delamillieure P, Paucsik M, Wahl JE, Zieba M, Zatorski M, Komendziński T, Zhang S, Basran J, Kagialis A, Kirby J, Gilbert P. (2023). Improvements in Compassion and Fears of Compassion throughout the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Multinational Study. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health20(3), 1845. MDPI AG. Retrieved from

Cheli, S. (2023). An evolutionary look at oddity and schizotypy: How the social brain informs clinical practice.  New Ideas in Psychology, 68, 10099,

Cheli, S., Pino, M.S., Goldzweig, G., Scoccianti, S., Fabbroni, V., Giordano, C., Cavalletti, V., Bassetti, A., & Fioretto, L. (2022). The relationship between COVID-19 risk perception and vaccine hesitancy in cancer patients: The moderating role of externalizing traits. . Clinical neuropsychiatry19(6), 355–364.

Cheli, S., Chiarello, F. & Cavalletti, V. A (2022). Psychotherapy Oriented by Compassion and Metacognition for Schizoid Personality Disorder: A Two Cases Series. Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy.

Bodini, L., Bonetto, C., Cheli, S., Del Piccolo, L., Rimondini, M., Rossi, A., Carta, A., Porru, S., Amaddeo, F., & Lasalvia, A. (2022). Effectiveness of a Mindful Compassion Care Program in reducing burnout and psychological distress amongst frontline hospital nurses during the COVID-19 pandemic: a study protocol for a randomized controlled trial. Trials23(1), 734.

Gilbert, P., Basran, J. K., Raven, J., Gilbert, H., Petrocchi, N., Cheli, S., Rayner, A., Hayes, A., Lucre, K., Minou, P., Giles, D., Byrne, F., Newton, E., & McEwan, K. (2022). Compassion Focused Group Therapy for People With a Diagnosis of Bipolar Affective Disorder: A Feasibility Study. Frontiers in psychology13, 841932.

Cheli, S., Cavalletti, V., Flett, G. L., & Hewitt, P. L. (2022). Perfectionism unbound: An integrated individual and group intervention for those hiding imperfections. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 78, 1624– 1636.

Pino, M. S., Cheli, S., Perna, M., Fabbroni, V., Giordano, C., Martella, F., Lanini, F., Ribecco, A. S., Scoccianti, S., Bacci, C., Baldazzi, V., Bertolini, I., Di Leonardo, G., Fulignati, C., Grifoni, R., Molinara, E., Rangan, S., Tassi, R., Furlan, F., Goldzweig, G., … Fioretto, L. (2022). The national COVID-19 vaccination campaign targeting the extremely vulnerable: the Florence Medical Oncology Unit experience in patients with cancer. European journal of cancer (Oxford, England : 1990)170, 149–157.

Matos, M., McEwan, K., Kanovský, M., Halamová, J., Steindl, S.R., Ferreira, N., Linharelhos, M., Rijo, D., Asano, K., Márquez, M.G., Gregório, S., Vilas, S.P., Brito-Pons, G., Lucena-Santos, P., da Silva Oliveira, M., de Souza, E., Llobenes, L., Gumiy, N., Costa, M.I., Habib, N., Hakem, R., Khrad, H., Alzahrani, A., Cheli, S., … Gilbert, Paul (2022). Compassion protects mental health and social safeness during the COVID-19 pandemic across 21 countries. Mindfulness 13 (4) 1-18.

Takeuchi, E., Katanoda, K., Cheli, S., Goldzweig, G., & Tabuchi, T. (2022). Restrictions on healthcare utilization and psychological distress among patients with diseases potentially vulnerable to COVID-19; the JACSIS 2020 study. Health psychology and behavioral medicine10(1), 229–240.

Cheli, S., Cavalletti, V., Mancini, F., & Goldzweig, G. (2022). What if metacognition is not enough? Its association with delusion may be moderated by self-criticism. Current Psychology.

Cheli, S., Petrocchi, N., & Cavalletti, V. (2021). Hearing divine voices: A qualitative enquiry about criticism, connectedness, and compassion. Psychosis: Psychological, Social and Integrative Approaches

Matos, M., McEwan, K., Kanovský, M., Halamová, J., Steindl, S. R., Ferreira, N., Linharelhos, M., Rijo, D., Asano, K., Vilas, S. P., Márquez, M. G., Gregório, S., Brito-Pons, G., Lucena-Santos, P., Oliveira, M., Souza, E. L., Llobenes, L., Gumiy, N., Costa, M. I., Habib, N., Cheli, S. …Gilbert, P. (2021). The role of social connection on the experience of COVID-19 related post-traumatic growth and stress. PloS one16(12), e0261384.

Cheli, S., Enzo, Chiarello, F., & Cavalletti, V. (2021). Metacognitive Assessment Scale – Abbreviated and Indiana Psychiatric Illness Interview: Psychometric validation in two Italian clinical and non-clinical samples. BPA-Applied PSychology Bullettin.

Hasson‐Ohayon, I., Cheli, S., & Lysaker, P. H. (2021). Emerging psychotherapeutic approaches to addressing self‐experience in schizophrenia spectrum disorders. Journal of Clinical Psychology 77(8), 1781-1785. 

Cheli S, Lam WWT, Estapé T, et al. (2021). Risk perception, treatment adherence, and personality during COVID‐19 pandemic: An international study on cancer patients. Psycho‐Oncology. 2021;1–8.

Lysaker, P.H., Cheli, S., Dimaggio, G., Buck, B., Bonfils, K. A., Huling, K., Wiesepape, C. & Lysaker, J. T. (2021). Metacognition, social cognition, and mentalizing in psychosis: are these distinct constructs when it comes to subjective experience or are we just splitting hairs?. BMC Psychiatry, 21329.

Matos, M., McEwan, K., Kanovský, M., Halamová, J., Steindl, S. R., Ferreira, N., Cheli, S…. & Gilbert, P. (2021). Fears of compassion magnify the harmful effects of threat of COVID‐19 on mental health and social safeness across 21 countries. Clinical Psychology & Psychotherapy. 

Cheli, S., Cavalletti, V., Popolo, R., & Dimaggio, G. (2021). A case study on a severe paranoid personality disorder client treated with Metacognitive Interpersonal Therapy. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 77(8), 1807-1820.

Cheli, S., & Cavalletti, V. (2021). The paradox of overcontrol, perfectionism, and self-criticism: A cases series on gifted students. Quaderni di Psicoterapia Cognitiva 48(1), 59-73.

Cheli, S., Cavalletti, V., Flett, G. L., & Hewitt, P. L. (2020). Mindful compassion for perfectionism in personality disorders: A pilot acceptability and feasibility study. BPA-Applied Psychology Bulletin, 6 (287).

Cheli, S, Cavalletti, V, Flett, G, Hewitt, P (2020). Mindful compassion for perfectionism in personality disorders: A feasibility and acceptability study. Applied Psychology Bulettin, 287: 57-67.

Cheli, S., Zagonel, Oliani, C., Blasi, L., Fioretto, L (2020). Is burnout affecting life satisfaction in oncology? The moderating role of family concerns in an Italian sample. Psycho-oncoology,

García Mieres, H., Lundin, N., Minor, K., Dimaggio, G., Cheli, S., Popolo, R., Ochoa, S. & Lysaker, P. (2020). T193. The role of metacognition on negative symptoms: a psychological model for diminished expression in schizophrenia. Schizophrenia Bulletin. 46, S305-S305. https://10.1093/schbul/sbaa029.753 

García Mieres, H., Lundin, N., Minor, K., Dimaggio, G., Popolo, R., Cheli, S. & Lysaker, P. (2020). A cognitive model of diminished expression in schizophrenia: The interface of metacognition, cognitive symptoms and language disturbances. Journal of Psychiatric Research. 131. https://10.1016/j.jpsychires.2020.09.008

Cheli, S., Macbeth, A., Popolo, R. & Dimaggio, G. (2020). The intertwined path of perfectionism and self-criticism in a client with obsessive-compulsive personality disorder. Journal of Clinical Psychology. https://10.1002/jclp.23051

Cheli, S., Cavalletti, V. & Petrocchi, N. (2020). An online compassion-focused crisis intervention during COVID-19 lockdown: a cases series on patients at high risk for psychosis. Psychosis, 1-4. https://10.1080/17522439.2020.1786148

Cheli S. (2020). Assessment and treatment planning for schizotypal personality disorder: A metacognitively oriented point of view. Psychiatric rehabilitation journal.