Giulia Ongaro

Giulia Ongaro
IEO - Istituto Europeo di Oncologia | IEO · Psycho-Oncology Unit

Doctor of Psychology

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Introduction
Psychologist, Cognitive Psychotherapist and PhD candidate in System Medicine (curriculum Medical Humanities) at the Department of Oncology and Hemato-Oncology, University of Milan. Giulia works on research projects at the Applied Research Division for Cognitive and Psychological Science, European Institute of Oncology (IEO), Milan.
Additional affiliations
October 2019 - present
University of Milan
Position
  • PhD Student
March 2019 - October 2019
IEO - Istituto Europeo di Oncologia
Position
  • Fellow
Education
January 2017 - December 2020
Associazione di Psicoterapia Cognitiva
Field of study
  • Cognitive Psychotherapy
October 2013 - July 2015
University of Padova
Field of study
  • Clinical Psychology
October 2010 - July 2013
University of Padova
Field of study
  • Psychology of Personality and Interpersonal Relationship

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Publications (18)
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BRCA1/2 germline mutations predispose carriers to an increased risk of breast, ovarian, prostate, pancreatic, and skin cancer. Men and women are equally likely to pass on or inherit the pathogenic variant. However, there is evidence that male relatives are less involved in cascade screening than female ones. At the same time, little attention has b...
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Background: This is a registered study protocol on a randomized controlled trial (RCT) testing an intervention aimed to improve men's adherence to evidence-based guidelines on BRCA1/2 germline genetic testing. BRCA1- and BRCA2-associated Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer Syndrome (HBOC) increases the relative and absolute risk of developing bre...
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Rapid advances in genomic knowledge and widespread access to the web contributed to the development of genetic services by private companies or medical laboratories. In the European landscape, though, there is not a single coherent regulatory approach to genetic testing (GT). The study aimed to investigate differences and similarities between two p...
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The present study aimed to test a model of relations to ascertain the determinants of distress caused by lockdown for COVID-19. It was hypothesized that the exposure to the COVID-19 increased distress directly and through the mediation of worry, health-related information seeking, and perception of the utility of the lockdown. It was also expected...
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The Italian state adopted serious safety measures to manage the COVID-19 pandemic in the year 2020. The lockdown was associated with negative psychological consequences in healthy populations, mostly in terms of anxiety, distress, depression, and even traumatic symptoms. This longitudinal study aimed at briefly documenting the psychological impact...
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Background: The lung cancer (LC) treatment landscape has drastically expanded with the arrival of immunotherapy and targeted therapy. This new variety of treatment options, each with its own characteristics, raises uncertainty regarding the key aspects affecting patients’ health-related quality of life (HRQL). The present qualitative study aimed to...
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Despite the widespread diffusion of direct-to-consumer genetic testing (GT), it is still unclear whether people who learn about their genetic susceptibility to a clinical condition change their behaviors, and the psychological factors involved. The aim of the present study is to investigate long-term changes in health-related choices, individual te...
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In the earliest months of 2020, the COVID-19 emergency reached a pandemic status of international concern. In this situation, people tended to think more about current difficulties and their negative consequences due to the fear of infection and changed daily life during quarantine. The aim of this study was to explore the severity of worry in rela...
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This is an open access article under the terms of the Creat ive Commo ns Attri butio n-NonCo mmerc ial-NoDerivs License, which permits use and distribution in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, the use is non-commercial and no modifications or adaptations are made. Abstract Background: Rapid advances in genomic knowledge and...
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Based on Salovey and Mayer’s conceptualization of emotional intelligence, Davies and colleagues developed the BEIS-10 scale, a 10-items self-report questionnaire that explores individual dispositions that people have about exploring one’s own and others’ emotions. To date, no studies assess the validity of the BEIS-10 scale in the Italian context....
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Young cancer survivors often wish to bear a child after oncological treatments, as they might not have started or completed their families. As young cancer survivors have a higher risk of developing psychological difficulties, this study investigated whether there were significant differences in psychological aspects between pregnant women who rece...
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Purpose: During the last two decades, the number of breast implants used in aesthetic, oncologic, and risk-reducing surgery has increased substantially mainly due to the improvement and confirmed safety of these devices. Since the identification of the first case of anaplastic large cell lymphoma associated with a breast implant (BIA-ALCL) 20 years...
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Objective: The present work aimed to evaluate: (a) the psychometric properties of the Centrality of Event Scale in Italian primiparous and multiparous women; (b) individual differences in those demographic variables that influence change in women’s identity and the maternal role acquisition during pregnancy; (c) the association between the extent t...
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Keypoints: - Dellino and colleagues demonstrated that cancer-associated translocations in cells are influenced by the environment they are in, fostering the idea that lifestyle choices matter in cancer development. - The message that individual lifestyle affects cancer development fosters positive agency in prevention but also guilt rhetoric in c...
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e23166 Background: An oncological diagnosis during pregnancy, or the choice of motherhood following cancer may be accompanied by anxiety, distress and depression. The aim of the study is to explore the possible risk factors in the perinatal period in women who experienced an oncological diagnosis before or during pregnancy. Methods: 32 pregnant wom...
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Introduction: Given the rising trend of delaying pregnancy to later in life, more women are diagnosed with cancer before completing their families (Azim et al, 2011).However, by now psychosocial mechanisms contributing to adjustment during pregnancy in woman with oncological diagnosis have been ignored (Bonassi et al, 2017). Medical risk is associa...
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The research refers to a pilot project set up at the SPTM of Vicenza aimed at monitoring he outcome of abused minors. The work is based on the theoretical model of Complex Trauma. The adolescents from the examined sample have suffered continuous maltreatment conditions and traumatic experiences; they did benefit from a protection and support progra...
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Mindfulness-based interventions have been demonstrated to bring measurable benefits in patients with a range of illnesses, especially with a chronic condition. Numerous studies involving patients with specific diseases have shown mindfulness-based interventions to be effective in improving a series of variables related to quality of life and adjust...

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The aim of the project is to analyze which are the psychological variables influencing informed decisions for genetic testing. In particular, we focused on men's decision for BRCA1/2 genetic testing when they have a family member tested positive for that germline mutation, and on the communication strategy used to inform men’s decision-making. Furthermore, we focused on women's decision to undergo prenatal genetic screening during the COVID-19 pandemic, analyzing which psychological variables could influence that choice.
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This project aims to investigate the psycho-emotional functioning and the parental bond in a clinical sample composed of pregnant women with previous or current cancer diagnosis and that of their partners, and in a control sample. Measures are administered at two time points: during the last trimester of the pregnancy and at three months of age of the child.