Anouk Papon
(Teaching Assistant, UniDistance, Switzerland)

After obtaining my Master’s degree in Psychology at the University of Lausanne in 2019, I started working with Andrea Samson’s team in the chEERS lab as a research assistant. I am involved in recruiting and testing participants in many projects of the chEERS lab. I am also Daniel Dukes’ teaching assistant at UniDistance. Our seminars allow us to support students in their thesis work, while familiarizing them with a number of tools and concepts related to writing a thesis and becoming a psychologist more generally, such as APA standards, ethics and deontology in research and the importance of data protection.

All my research activities take place at the chEERS Lab (PI = Professor Andrea Samson, Fribourg University & UniDistance, Switzerland).

Lina Stallmann*
(PhD Student, Fribourg University, Switzerland)
I am a PhD candidate at Professor Andrea Samson’s chEERS lab at the University of Fribourg with a Master’s degree in Psychology from the University of Bern, Switzerland. My current research topic focuses on social approach and emotion regulation in individuals with Autism spectrum disorder, Williams syndrome
or general intellectual disabilities. One main aim is to explore the possibilities of immersive Virtual Reality for assessments and interventions.

Emilie Hostein**
(Masters Student, Geneva University, Switzerland)

Giona Di Poi*
(Masters Student, Fribourg University, Switzerland)
After graduating with a federal diploma as a graphic designer, I obtained a Bachelor’s degree in 2013 in Visual communication at the Scuola Universitaria della Svizzera Italiana (Lugano). I am currently finishing my Master’s degree in Special Education at the University of Fribourg by working in a research project investigating the relationship between people with Autism Spectrum Disorder and positive emotions. I also recently began as a teaching assistant at Swiss Distance Learning University with Prof. Samson on “Positive Psychology”. In the future, I would like to focus on Autism Spectrum Disorder and the social-semiotic mediation of values and emotions. In particular, I aim to understand the main differences in the mediation process between infant and caregiver, the role of emotions in this mediation, and the sensitivity of people living with ASD to new forms of pedagogical intervention.

*co-supervised with Professor Andrea Samson
** co-supervised with Andrea Samson & David Sander (Geneva University)