Armed with an MSc in Economic and Social History from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, Danny worked for ten years in special education in different countries, in various settings and with individuals with diverse psychiatric and/or special educational needs and disabilites, before returning to academia. He obtained a Masters degree (Open University, UK) in Psychology while working as the coordinator of a validation project of an emotion remediation programme for individuals with autism and/or intellectual disabilities at the University of Geneva, Switzerland.

He obtained his doctorate (summa cum laude) from the University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland in June, 2017, under the supervision of Professor Fabrice Clément. During that time and since, he enjoyed extended research stays sponsored by the Swiss National Science Foundation at UC Berkeley, USA with Professor Joseph J. Campos, at the University of Amsterdam, Netherlands with Professor Agneta Fischer and the University of Oxford, UK with Professor Brian Parkinson.

Having spent four years in the special education department at the University of Fribourg under Professors Andrea Samson, Myriam Squillaci, and Geneviève Petitpierre, Danny then spent a year as senior researcher and lecturer at the Institute of Family Reseach and Counseling under Professor Dominik Schoebi.

Since his time working on the validation project at the University of Geneva, Danny has always been affiliated to the Swiss Center of Affective Sciences, working in particular with Professor David Sander, its director, and Dr Marcello Mortillaro, Head of the Applied Affective Sciences Research Unit. He has been Series Co-editor of the Studies in Emotion and Social Interaction book series at Cambridge University Press since 2020.

While currently pursuing his research interests, particularly in affective social learning, relevance theory and affectivism, Danny has begun training as a child psychotherapist.