Hi! I'm Johann Roland Kleinbub, PhD. I hold an Assistant Professor position at the University of Padova (Italy). My research deals with interpersonal physiology, nonverbal synchronization, and biofeedback in psychotherapy and clinical psychology. I'm also interested in altered states of consciousness and time series analysis.
I am also a fluent R programmer! I have developed two packages:

rMEA (GitHub, CRAN)
a package for the analysis of dyadic Motion Energy data
DyadSync (GitHub beta)
a full set of tools for the analysis of interpersonal physiology / physiological synchronization

Papers & Theses

  1. Palmieri, A., Kleinbub, J. R., Pagnini, F., Sorarù, G., & Cipolletta, S. (2021). Empathy-based supportive treatment in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis: A pragmatic study. American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis, 63(3), 202-216.
  2. Palmieri, A., Meconi, F., Vallesi, A., Capizzi, M., Pick, E., Marcato, S., ... & Sessa, P. (2021). Enhanced Neural Empathic Responses in Patients with Spino-Bulbar Muscular Atrophy: An Electrophysiological Study. Brain Sciences, 11(1), 16.
  3. Kleinbub, J. R. & Ramseyer, F. T. (2020). rMEA: An R package to assess nonverbal synchronization in motion energy analysis time-series. Psychotherapy Research.
  4. Palmieri, A., Zidarich, S., & Kleinbub, J. R. (2020). Symbolic meaning of drugs in psychotherapy: A psychodynamic perspective. Psychoanalytic Psychology, 37(4), 294-304.
  5. Kleinbub, J. R., Mannarini, S., & Palmieri, A. (2020). Interpersonal Biofeedback in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy. Frontiers in Psychology, 11.
  6. Kleinbub, J.R., Palmieri, A., Talia, A. (2020). Physiological Synchronization in the Clinical Process: a Research Primer. Journal of Counselling Psychology.
  7. Pick, E., Kleinbub, J. R., Mannarini, S., & Palmieri, A. (2019). Empathy In Neurodegenerative Diseases: A Systematic Review. Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment, 15, 3287.
  8. Gennaro, A., Kleinbub, J. R., Mannarini, S., Salvatore, S., & Palmieri, A. (2019). Training in psychotherapy: a call for embodied and psychophysiological approaches. Research in Psychotherapy: Psychopathology, Process and Outcome, 22(3).
  9. Palmieri, A., Kleinbub, J.R., Zidarich, S. (2019). Symbolic Meaning of Drugs in Psychotherapy: a Psychodynamic Perspective. Psychoanalytic Psychology. Advance online publication.
  10. Kleinbub, J. R., Palmieri, A., Orsucci, F. F., Andreassi, S., Musmeci, N., Benelli, E., … & de Felice, G. (2019). Measuring Empathy: a statistical physics grounded approach. Physica A: Statistical Mechanics and its Applications, 526, 120979. DOI: 10.1016/j.physa.2019.04.215
  11. Palmieri, A., Kleinbub, J. R., Mannarini, S., Molinaro, S., Castriotta, C., & Scocco, P. (2019). Rorschach Assessment in Suicide Survivors: Focus on Suicidal Ideation. Frontiers in Public Health, 6.
  12. Marcato, S., Kleinbub, J. R., Querin, G., Pick, E., Martinelli, I., Bertolin, C., ... & Palmieri, A. (2018). Unimpaired Neuropsychological Performance and Enhanced Memory Recall in Patients with Sbma: A Large Sample Comparative Study. Scientific reports, 8(1), 13627.
  13. Palmieri, A., Kleinbub, J. R., Calvo, V., Benelli, E., Messina, I., Sambin, M., & Voci, A. (2018). Attachment-security prime effect on skin-conductance synchronization in psychotherapists: An empirical study. Journal of counseling psychology.
  14. Kleinbub, J. R. (2017). State of the art of Interpersonal Physiology in Psychotherapy: a systematic review. Frontiers in psychology, 8.
  15. Kleinbub, J. R., Palmieri, A., Broggio, A., Pagnini, F., Enrico, B., Sambin, M., & Sorarù, G. (2015).
    Hypnosis-based psychodynamic treatment in ALS: a longitudinal study on patients and their caregivers. Frontiers in Psychology, 6, 624.
  16. Di Rosa, E., Sorarù, G., Kleinbub, J. R., Calvo, V., Vallesi, A., Querin, G., ... & Palmieri, A. (2014).
    Theory of mind, empathy and neuropsychological functioning in X-linked Spinal and Bulbar Muscular Atrophy: a controlled study of 20 patients. Journal of neurology, 1-8.
  17. Calvo, V., Palmieri, A., Marinelli, S., Bianco, F., & Kleinbub, J. R. (2014).
    Reciprocal empathy and working alliance in terminal oncological illness: The crucial role of patients’ attachment style. Journal of psychosocial oncology, 32(5), 517-534.
  18. Palmieri, A., Mento, G., Calvo, V., Querin, G., D'Ascenzo, C., Volpato, C., ... & Sorarù, G. (2014).
    Female gender doubles executive dysfunction risk in ALS: a case-control study in 165 patients. Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery & Psychiatry, jnnp-2014.
  19. Palmieri, A., Calvo, V., Kleinbub, J. R. et al., (2014).
    “Reality” of near-death-experience memories: Evidence from a psychodynamic and electrophysiological integrated study. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 8, 429.
  20. Messina, I., Palmieri, A., Sambin, M. et al., (2013).
    Somatic underpinnings of perceived empathy: The importance of psychotherapy training. Psychotherapy Research, 23(2), 169-177.
  21. Kleinbub, J. R., Messina, I., Bordin, D., Voci, A., Calvo, V., Sambin, M., & Palmieri, A. (2012). Synchronization of skin conductance levels in therapeutic dyads. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 85(3), 383.
  22. Palmieri, A., Kleinbub, J. R., Calvo, V. et al., (2012).
    Efficacy of hypnosis-based treatment in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis: A pilot study. Frontiers in psychology, 3.
  23. Kleinbub, J. R. (2011). La coordinazione interpersonale come substrato fisiologico dell'empatia nella diade terapeutica: un contributo di ricerca. Tesi di laurea magistrale.
  24. Kleinbub, J. R. (2009). Indagine sul significato della cura nel counseling. Elaborato finale master in counseling.
  25. Kleinbub, J. R. (2008). Rapporto tra mezzi di comunicazione e coscienza, una riflessione storica e sociologica. Tesi di laurea triennale.