Cesare Maffei

Psychologist, psychotherapist


Professor Cesare Maffei is the Head of the Department of Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy at the IRCCS Ospedale San Raffaele in Milan and an ordinary Professor of Clinical Psychology at the Vita Salute San Raffaele University.

After receiving his doctorate in Medicine and Surgery, he specializes in psychiatry at the University of Milan. He is the co-founder and president of the Italian Society for Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (SIDBT), affiliated with the Linehan Institute of Behavioral Technologies in Seattle (USA) and the Italian Association for the Study of Personality Disorders (AISDP).

Clinical activity is accompanied by intensive research activities. His original works have appeared in Psychoanalytic Psychology, Personality and Mental Health, Journal of Personality Disorders, Borderline Personality Disorder and Emotion Dysregulation, Comprehensive Psychiatry, Giornale Italiano di Psicologia, Assessment.

Professor Maffei is a member of the International Society for the Study of Personality Disorders (ISSPD), of which he was president from 2003 to 2007, the American Psychiatric Association (APA), the Italian Association of Psychologists (AIP), the Italian Medical Psychotherapy (SIPM) and the Personality Disorders Section of the World Psychiatric Association (WPA). In addition, he is a member of the DBT International Strategic Planning Group (IDSPG).


University of Milan
Degree of Doctor of Medicine and Surgery - 1976

University of Milan
Specialization in psychiatry - 1980

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Latest publications

A comprehensive evaluation of emotional responsiveness in borderline personality disorder: a support for hypersensitivity hypothesis.
Borderline Personality Disorder and Emotion Dysregulation, 6(1), 8.
Bortolla, R., Cavicchioli, M., Galli, M., Verschure, P. F., & Maffei, C. (2019).
Emotional Responsiveness in Borderline Personality Disorder: The Role of Basal Hyperarousal and Self-Reported Emotional Regulation.
The Journal of nervous and mental disease, 207(3), 175-183. (2019).
Bortolla, R., Roder, E., Ramella, P., Fossati, A., & Maffei, C.
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Feasibility of dialectical behavior therapy skills training as an outpatient program in treating alcohol use disorder: The role of difficulties with emotion regulation and experiential avoidance.
(2019). Addiction Research & Theory, 1-13.
Cavicchioli M., Movalli M., Ramella P., Vassena G., Prudenziati F. & Maffei C.
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Emotional Reactivity in Borderline Personality Disorder: Theoretical Considerations Based on a Meta-Analytic Review of Laboratory Studies.
Journal of Personality Disorders, 1-24.
Bortolla, R., Cavicchioli, M., Fossati, A., & Maffei, C. (2018).
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Difficulties with emotion regulation, mindfulness, and substance use disorder severity: the mediating role of self-regulation of attention and acceptance attitudes.
The American journal of drug and alcohol abuse, 1-11. (2018).
Cavicchioli, M., Movalli, M., & Maffei, C.
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The clinical efficacy of mindfulness-based treatments for alcohol and drugs use disorders: a meta-analytic review of randomized and nonrandomized controlled trials.
European addiction research, 24, 137-162. (2018).
Cavicchioli, M., Movalli, M., & Maffei, C.
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Dialectical behavior therapy skills training in alcohol dependence treatment: findings based on an open trial.
(2018). Substance use & misuse, 53(14), 2368-2385.
Maffei, C., Cavicchioli, M., Movalli, M., Cavallaro, R., & Fossati, A.
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Interview-based ratings of DSM-IV Axis II/DSM-5 Section II Personality Disorder symptoms in consecutively admitted insomnia patients: A comparison study with consecutively admitted psychotherapy patients matched on age and gender.
(2018). Comprehensive psychiatry, 87, 100-106.
Somma A., Marelli S., Giarolli L.E., Maffei C., Ferini-Strambi L. & Fossati, A.
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Corticolimbic Connectivity Mediates the Relationship between Adverse Childhood Experiences and Symptom Severity in Borderline Personality Disorder.
(2017). Neuropsychobiology, 76(2), 105-115.
Vai, B., Sforzini, L., Visintini, R., Riberto, M., Bulgarelli, C., Ghiglino, D., & Benedetti, F.
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The extent of dissociation in borderline personality disorder: A meta-analytic review.
(2017). Journal of Trauma & Dissociation, 18(4), 522-543.
Scalabrini, A., Cavicchioli, M., Fossati, A., & Maffei, C.
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