Margherita is a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Psychology at Queen Mary University of London. After graduating in Psychology from Goldsmiths University of London in 2010 and obtaining her MSc in Developmental Sciences from Birkbeck College in 2012, Margherita started her PhD at Goldsmiths University of London in 2013. Her PhD research, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, focused on the noncognitive side of educational achievement, investigating how individual differences in motivation and anxiety contribute to differences in school achievement over development. After her PhD, Margherita worked as a Postdoctoral researcher at the Social Genetic and Developmental Psychiatry (SGDP) Centre, King’s College London, mentored by Professor Robert Plomin, and as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Texas at Austin, mentored by Dr Elliot Tucker-Drob and Dr Paige Harden. During her postdoctoral years Margherita established close ongoing collaborations with both the Twins Early Development Study (TEDS) and the Texas Twin Project.
Margherita is the Director of MILES, which she founded during her PhD. Through this longitudinal research project she aims to address several important questions related to why children differ so widely in learning and academic abilities. The goal of Margherita’s research is to provide knowledge that can inform educational practice and interventions, ultimately allowing students to achieve their full potential.