Dr. Molinario’s research interests focus broadly on understanding pro-environmental
behaviors, political activism, extremism and radicalization, migration intentions,
and intergroup conflicts. She studies these topics from a motivational perspective
that involves the analysis of needs and goals, social identity, values, and social
norms. In her Motivation and Social Change Lab, she uses multiple methods (e.g., qualitative,
correlational, experimental) and she collaborates with several scholars in the US
and around the world. Currently, she is Co-PI of a project on climate change migration
funded by the US Department of Defense. She was also recently awarded by the Polish
National Science Foundation to conduct research on the effects of threats on pro-social
vs anti-social behaviors.
- Ph.D., Social and Environmental Psychology, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy.
- MSc, Organizational Psychology, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy.
- BSc, Socio-psychological science and techniques of analysis and intervention in organizations
and institutions, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy.
- Kruglanski A.W., Molinario, E., Jasko, K., Webber, D., Leander, N. P. & Pierro, A.
(2022). Significance Quest Theory. Perspectives on Psychological Science. Online publication.
- Kruglanski, A.W., Molinario, E., Ellenberg, M., Di Cicco, G. (2022). Terrorism and
Conspiracy Theories: A View from the 3N model of radicalization. Current Opinion in
- Molinario, E., Webber, D., Jasko, K., Kruglanski, A. W (2022). The Psychology of Violent
Extremism. In A.W. Kruglanski, K. Kopetz, E. Szumowska, (Eds). Routledge Handbook
on The Psychology of Extremism, Routledge, pp. 259-279.
- Jasko, K., Webber, D., Molinario, E., Kruglanski, A. W., & Touchton-Leonard, K. (2021).
Ideological Extremism among Syrian Refugees is Negatively Related to Intentions to
Migrate to the West. Psychological Science, 32(9), 1362-1374.
- Molinario, E., Sensales, G., Kruglanski, A.W. Piccini, M. P., & Di Cicco, G. (2021).
Social Psychological basis of populism. Giornale Italiano di Psicologia, 2, 543-564.
- Kruglanski, A. W, Molinario, E., & Lemay, E. (2021). Coping with COVID 19-Induced
Threats to Self. Group Processes and Intergroup Relations, 24(2), 284-289.
- Molinario, E., Lorenzi, C., Bartoccioni, F., Perucchini, P., Bobeth, S., Colléony,
A., Diniz, R., Eklund, A., Jaeger, C., Kibbe, A., Richter, I., Ruepert, A., Sloot,
D., Udall, A., & Bonaiuto, M. (2020). From childhood nature experiences to adult pro-environmental
behaviors: An explanatory model of sustainable food consumption. Environmental Education
Research, 26(8), 1137-1163.
- Molinario, E., Kruglanski, A.W. Bonaiuto, F., Bonnes, M., Cicero, L., Fornara, F.,
Scopelliti, M., Admiraal, J., Beringer, A., Dedeurwaerdere, T., De Groot, W., Hiedanpää,
J., Knights, P., Knippenberg, L., Ovdenden, C., Polajnar Horvat, K., Popa, F., Porras-Gomez,
C., Smrekar, A., Soethe, N., Vivero-Pol, J.L., van den Born, R., J. G., & Bonaiuto,
M. (2020). Motivations to act for the protection of nature biodiversity and the environment:
a matter of ‘significance’. Environment and Behavior, 52(10), 1133–1163.
Conference PresentationsToggle Conference Presentations
- Molinario, E. Motivational roots of Ideological extremism. Psychology of Extremism,
Preconference of SPSP-Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Web-conference,
16th February, 2022
- Molinario, E., Sensales, G., Di Cicco, G., Kruglanski, A.W. (2020). The effect of
the COVID-19 pandemic on intergroup relationships: The backlash effect of the war
metaphor in the COVID-19 communication. XVII Congress of the Italian Psychology Association
(AIP), Web Conference.
- Molinario, E., Jaśko, K., Webber, D., Kruglanski, A. Ideological extremism and migration
intentions of Syrian refugees. XVI Congress of the Italian Psychology Association
- Molinario, E., Kruglanski, A.W., Jasko, K., Sensales, G., di Cicco, G. (2020). Populism
as a response to individual and collective grievances. SPSP-Society for Personality
and Social Psychology, New Orleans.