As the chair of the GCCR, I invite you to participate in the world-wide scientific studies that we are conducting to assess the relationships between respiratory illness (e.g., COVID-19, influenza or the common cold) and smell & taste abilities.

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Valentina Parma

Valentina Parma

Research Assistant Professor in Psychology

Temple University

Welcome to my personal website. I am Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at Temple University, Philadelphia (PA) and the chair of the Global Consortium for Chemosensory Research or GCCR.

In normal times, I study the ways in which unconscious cues, such as odors, influence typical and atypical social and motor behavior using behavioral and physiological methods across development.

Recently the COVID-19 pandemic has added a new dimension to my research in clinical olfaction. It has been an honor to work alongside hundreds of scientists, clinicians, and patient advocates in GCCR to understand how smell, taste and chemesthesis (spicy/cooling sensations) are affected by COVID-19.

I am also invested in supporting and advising peers and students, advocating for women scientists, particularly through my work with Women In Olfactory Science and consulting for CyNexo on the development of odor-delivery methods.

I love to put my chemical senses skills at play in the kitchen, especially in the pâtisserie domain. Hit me up if you want my recipe for a charming croquembouche or a homey and radical abbracci (hugs).


  • Human Olfaction
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Social Behavior
  • Human Action


  • PhD in Experimental Psychology, 2012

    University of Padova, Italy

  • MSc in Cognitive Neuroscience, 2009

    University of Padova, Italy

  • BSc in Psychobiology, 2008

    University of Padova, Italy


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NTT Research Assistant Professor

Temple University

Aug 2019 – Present Philadelphia (PA), United States
  • Olfactory-tactile research in infants
  • Teaching

ERC Post-doctoral fellow

William James Center for Research

Oct 2018 – Aug 2019 Lisbon, Portugal
  • Human social chemosignal communication of emotion
  • Open Science
  • Meta-analysis

Independent Post-doctoral fellow

International School for Advanced Studies

Nov 2015 – Sep 2018 Trieste, Italy
  • Human social chemosignal communication in autism
  • Motor behavior
  • Olfactory Neuroimaing
  • Open Science
  • Creating citizen science scientific models

Post-doctoral fellow

Monell Chemical Senses Center

Apr 2012 – Oct 2015 Philadelphia (PA), United States
  • Human social chemosignal communication
  • Olfactory Psychophysiology
  • Human olfactory fMRI

Recent Publications

More than smell – COVID-19 is associated with severe impairment of smell, taste, and chemesthesis
The best COVID-19 predictor is recent smell loss: a cross-sectional study


Current Collaborators


Preet Bano Singh

Fear odor-based contagion


Umberto Castiello

Motor control


Vin Arceneaux

Sensory bias of political behavior


John Herrington

Anxiety in Autism


Géraldine Coppin

Odor-based food behavior


Francesca Franzon

Putting olfaction into words


Gün R. Semin

Chemosignal communication of emotion


Jody Culham

Vision-olfactory interactions


Mikle South

Sensory processing in Autism


Peter J. Marshall

Developmental social-cognitive neuroscience



Javier Albayay

Odor-driven response inhibition


Filipa Barros

Emotion in the Broader Autism Phenotype

Previous students and mentees


Paolo Garlasco

Food choice modelling


Laura Hackl

Human olfaction


My CV is available in PDF form.

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Talking with Your Child About Smell and Taste

Smell loss can also happen in childhood. What can you do to learn more?

One thing scientists know about the virus that causes COVID-19 is that it can make some cells in the nose suddenly stop working for a while. Often, these cells restart working, though not always properly. How can you help your child express changes in their sense of smell and taste and possibly detect COVID-19?

Scientists at Monell Center and Temple University prepared a few tools to help:

  • Check out this flyer to the right with information on how to talk about smell and taste with your child

  • If you want some help, participate in this 5-minute activity which can help you monitor your child’s smell and taste changes

  • Watch this video to better understand smell and taste loss and have a walk-through of the activity

Bonus: This is a great activity to do with your kids and engage them in science over the holiday break.

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