Dr. Nicole Casali

Independent Research Group Personality, Identity, and Crime
+49 761 7081-374

Main Focus

Nicole Casali’s research focuses on the dispositional factors that influence (un)ethical behavior and well-being. Within the framework of the ERC-funded “Know-Thyself” project, she is investigat­ing how increasing self-knowledge of certain select morality-reality traits by way of personality-feedback interventions can help inspire goals to bring about change with regard to morality. In addition, she is seeking ways to effectively conceptualize and measure morality from a personality psychology perspective.

Curriculum Vitae

Professional Appointments

  • 2022–present: Postdoctoral researcher, Independent Research Group “Personality, Identity, and Crime”, Department of Criminology, Max Planck Institute for the Study of Crime, Security and Law, Freiburg, Germany

Professional Experience

  • 2019–2022: Teaching assistant at the Department of General Psychology, University of Padova, Italy
  • 2021: Visiting PhD at the Department of Work and Organizational Psychology, University of Bern, Switzerland
  • 2018: Erasmus+ exchange student and intern at Radboud University, the Netherlands
  • 2016: Erasmus+ exchange student at the University of Liverpool, United Kingdom


  • 2019–2022: PhD Psychological Sciences at the Department of General Psychology, University of Padova, Italy (supervisors: Chiara Meneghetti, Marta Ghisi)
  • 2017–2019: M.Sc. Psychology (Clinical Psychology), University of Padova, Italy (supervisors: Marta Ghisi, Gioia Bottesi, Jeffrey Glennon)
  • 2014–2017: B.Sc. Psychology (Personality and Interpersonal Relationships), University of Padova, Italy (supervisor: Alessandro Angrilli)


KNOW-THYSELF: Increasing Self-Knowledge to Promote Moral Behavior

The functioning of societies and the quality of social relationships heavily de­pend on moral behaviors such as fair­ness, cooperation, and honesty, whereas immoral behaviors such as exploitation, dishonesty, and fraud come at tremen­dous societal cost. A long-standing issue in the social and… more

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