Patrizia Steca

Organizing committee - University of Milano-Bicocca

University degree in Psychology (Sapienza – University of Rome); Doctorate degree in Social and Personality Psychology (University of Padua); Assistant Professor of General Psychology (University of Milan - Bicocca).
Current position: Associate Professor of  General Psychology (University of Milan - Bicocca).

Personality description and evaluation; motivational and self-regulatory processes in the school, work and sport contexts; relationships among psychological factors, lifestyle and chronic/complex diseases; well-being promotion along the life span.

Courses: General Psychology; Emotion, Motivation and Personality; Motivational processes and decision making.


  • Steca P., Caprara G.V., Tramontano C., Vecchio G. & Roth E. (2009) “Young adults’ life satisfaction: The role of self-regulatory efficacy beliefs in managing affects and relationships across time and across cultures”, Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, Vol. 28, pp. 824-861.
  • Steca P., Alessandri G. & Caprara G.V. (2010) “The utility of a well-known personality typology in studying successful aging: Resilients, undercontrollers and overcontrollers in old age”, Personality and Individual Differences, Vol. 48, pp. 442-446.
  • Steca P., Bassi M., Caprara G.V. & Delle Fave A. (2011), “Parents’ self-efficacy beliefs and their children’s psychosocial adaptation during adolescence”, Journal of Youth and Adolescence, Vol. 40, pp. 320-331.
  • Steca P., Greco A., D’Addario M., Monzani D., Pozzi R., Villani A., Rella V. Giglio A., Malfatto G. &  Parati G. (2013) “Relationship of illness severity with health and life satisfaction in patients with cardiovascular disease: The mediating role of self-efficacy beliefs and illness perception”, Journal of Happiness Studies, Vol. 14, pp. 1585–1599.
  • Steca P., Greco A., Monzani D., Politi A., Gestra R., Ferrari G., Malfatto G. & Parati G. (2013) “How Does Illness Severity Influence Depression, Health Satisfaction, and Life Satisfaction in Patients with Cardiovascular Disease? The Mediating Role of Illness Perception and Self-efficacy Beliefs”, Psychology & Health, Vol. 28, pp. 765-783.