Creating Promising Futures Through Social Construction
544 College Hall
600 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15282
Phone: (412) 396-1376
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I am an Assistant Professor in the Psychology Department at Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA.
My research focuses on the psychological aspects of border crossing. Overall, I am interested in examining constructions and narratives on exile, home, resettlement, and return of refugees, migrants, and international students.
I embrace a constructivist, narrative, post-structural approach to knowledge. As a constructivist, I am interested in the process of knowledge creation. Therefore, I focus on interpretations and contexts, and on the conditions for their existence. I use qualitative methodologies because they tend to better fit the complex and multifaceted topics of my research.
A native of Italy, I moved to the States in 2000 to start the Ph.D. program in Counseling Psychology at the University of Florida , under the auspices of Franz Epting and Greg Neimeyer. I completed my professional internship at Suffolk University in Boston , MA and, following my graduation in 2005, I moved to Pittsburgh to start my dream job in one of the most exciting departments on earth!
Marco Gemignani completed his undergraduate education in Clinical Psychology at the University of Padua, Italy, and University of Barcelona, Spain. In 2005, he received a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Florida, where he worked with Drs. Franz Epting and Greg Neimeyer on humanistic, constructionist, and postmodern interpretations and applications of psychology and psychotherapy. Currently, his interdisciplinary research focuses on experiences of border crossing and sojourning, including international students, migrants, and refugees. Dr. Gemignani is also interested in exploring postmodern approaches to identity and personality, In his teaching, he focuses on experiential, collaborative, and critical aspects of learning. Dr. Gemignani has published and presented on such topics as qualitative research, social constructionist assessment, constructivist counseling, and multiculturalism.