Anna Costantini

Scientific program committee

Cum laude graduate in Clinical Psychology (Sapienza University of Rome).
Post doctoral Fellowship Program in Psychosomatic Medicine and in Group Psychotherapy.
Post Graduate Training in Psychoncology  (Catholic University, Rome).
Certified Group Psychoterapist - American Group Psychotherapy Association; Head of Group Psychotherapy Unit, Department
of Mental Health ASL D Rome.
Observership at Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Department - Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center di New York.
At present: Chief of Departmental Psychoncology Unit, Sant’Andrea Hospital,  Sapienza University  of Rome, President of Italian Society of Psycho-Oncology, Editor in Chief of Giornale Italiano di Psico-Oncologia.

Psycho-Oncology, Psychosomatic Medicine, Group psychotherapy, Communication Skills, Quality of life (as member of Quality of Life Group of European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer), Psychological intervention in psychiatric patients, Suicide.

Contract Professor of Psychotherapy, Siena University.
Contract Professor in Psychoncology at Postgraduate Fellowship Program  in Hematology and in Medical Oncology,
Sapienza University of Rome
Contract Professor of Psychoncology, School of Medicine Sapienza University of Rome.
Contract Professor in Developmental Psychology, Psycho-pedagogy of learning, Group Psychology in School of Nursing, Sapienza University of Rome.
Scientific Director and Faculty member of Onco-Talk workshops, on doctor – patient communication about difficult conversations in cancer care.
Scientific Coordinator, Member of Scientific Commettee, and Professor at Master in Psychoncology and relationship with patient. Faculty of Medicine and Psychology, Sapienza University of Rome.



  • Biondi M., Costantini A. & Grassi L. (1995) La Mente e il cancro, Il Pensiero Scientifico.
  • Biondi M., Costantini A. & Grassi L. (1998) Psicologia e tumori. Una guida per reagire, Il Pensiero Scientifico.
  • Costantini A. (2000) Psicoterapia di gruppo a tempo limitato, McGraw-Hill.
  • Biondi M., Costantini, A. & Grassi L. (2003) Manuale pratico di Psico-Oncologia, Il Pensiero Scientifico.
  • Biondi M., Costantini A. & Wise T. (Editors) (2013) Psycho-Oncology, American Psychiatric Publishing  (trad. italiana Biondi M., Costantini A. & Wise T. Psiconcologia, Cortina Editore, 2014 in press).


  • M. Pompili, A.Costantini et al. (2014) “Psychiatric pathology and suicide risk in patients with cancer”, Journal of Psichosocial Oncology, (in press)
  • De Sanctis V., Agolli L., Costantini A. et al., (2014) “Cytokines, fatigue, and cutaneos erythema in early stage brest cancer patients receiving adjuvant radiotion therapy”, BioMed Research International Volume, Article ID 523568
  • Costantini A., Picardi A., Brunetti S. et al. (2013) “La versione italiana della Demoralization Scale: uno studio di validazione Italian version of Demoralization Scale: a validation study”, Rivista di Psichiatria, Vol. 48, Issue 3, pp. 234-239.
  • Vivat B., Young T., Efficace F. & Costantini A. (2013) “Cross-cultural development of the EORTC QLQ-SWB36: A stand-alone measure of spiritual well-being for palliative care patients with cancer”, Palliative Medicine Vol. 27, Issue 5.
  • Pertersen M., Aaroson N., Arraras J., Costantini A., et al. (2013) “The EORTC computer-adaptive test measuring physical functioning and fatigue exhibited high levels of measurement precision and efficiency”, Journal of Clinical Epidemiology, Vol. 66, pp. 330-339;
  • Costantini A. et al. (2012) “Sexuality and Gender”, in: Grassi L. (ED) Psychosocial implications in cancer patients: a multicural perspective in Clinical Psycho-oncology, Wiley (in press);
  • Grassi L., Johansen C., Annunziata M. & Costantini A., (2013) “Screening for distress in cancer patients: a multicenter, nationwide study in Italy”, Cancer, May 1, Vol. 119, Issue 9, pp. 1714-21;
  • Arraras J.I., Greimel E., Chie W.C., Sezer O., Bergenmar M., Costantini A. et al. (2011) “Cross-cultural differences in information disclosure evaluated through the EORTC questionnaires”, Psycho-Oncology;
  • Junger S., Payne S.A., Costantini A., et al. (2010) “The EAPC Task Force on Education for Psychologists in Palliative Care”, European Journal of Palliative Care, Vol. 17, Issue 2;
  • Lenzi R., Baile W.F., Costantini A. et al. (2010) “Communication training in oncology: results of intensive communication workshops for Italian oncologists”, European Journal of Cancer Education, January 2010, Vol. 20, Issue 2;
  • Costantini A. et al. (2010) “Sofferenza psichica e tipologia del coping nella malattia tumorale: caratteristiche dei pazienti inviati per un intervento psiconcologico ambulatoriale”, Medicina Psicosomatica, Vol. 55, Issue 3;
  • Costantini A. et al. (2009) “Overcoming Cultural Barriers to Giving Bad News: Feasibility of Training to Promote Truth-Telling to Cancer Patients”, Journal of Cancer Education, Vol. 24, pp. 180-185;
  • Costantini A. et al.(2009) “Discussion about switch strategy in the adjuvant hormonal therapy of breast cancer: psychological aspects of physician-patient communication”, Annals of Oncology, Vol. 20, pp. 1647-1652;
  • Whistance R.N., Conroy T., Chie W., Costantini A. et al. (2009) “Clinical and psychometric validation of the EORTC QLQ-CR29 questionnaire module to assess health-related quality of life in patients with colorectal cancer”, European Journal of Cancer;
  • Pasquini M., Biondi M., Costantini A., Cairoli F. & Sternberg C. (2006) “Detection and treatment of depressive and anxiety disorders among cancer patients: feasibility and preliminary findings from a liaison service in an oncology division”, Depression and Anxiety, (IF 1.5)
  • Costantini A., Solano L., Di Napoli R. & Bosco A. (1996) “Relationship between hardiness and risk of burn-out in a sample of 92 nurses working in oncology wards”, Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics, Vol. 66, pp. 78-82;
  •  Biondi M., Costantini A. & Parisi A.M. (1996) “Can loss and grief activate latent neoplasia? A clinical case of possible interaction between genetic risk and stress in breast cancer?”, Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics, Vol. 65, pp. 102-105.