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