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Doris Kessenich, M.A.

University of Rome

Cognitive-Behavioral Psychotherapist
M.B. in Eating Awareness Trainer
Mental Trainer
M.A. in Forensic Sciences, University of Rome
M.A. in Experimental Psychology, University of Florence
B.A. in General Psychology, University of Florence

Teaching since 2013

Background
Doris Kessenich completed her studies in Experimental Psychology at the University of Florence after focusing her research on face recognition. She continued her studies with a Master’s degree in Forensic Sciences from the University of Rome. She currently works at the Institute of Forensic Psychology in Florence and has been a member of the Italian Society of Criminology since 2011.

Doris is a cognitive behavioral psychotherapist specializing in eating disorders. Since 2012 she has been conducting mindful eating groups at Villa dei Pini, a psychiatric clinic where she applies the MB-Eat program in order to improve and prevent obesity and impulsive eating. In 2015, she contributed to the publication of Buono come a mensa, an iBook that details a project on food behavior in elementary schools in Florence and Val d’Orcia. It was realized in collaboration with a physician, an art historian, and two architects.

Teaching Philosophy
Knowledge is acquired through practice, so Doris loves to insert real cases in her classes in order to show how you apply research in real life situations. She fosters in-class discussions to internalize the material studied, improving each student’s assertiveness, problem-solving, critical thinking and cooperation. The personal growth obtained accompanies the academic results.