Dr. Carlo Tramontano

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Dr. Carlo Tramontano

Research Associate

My Research Vision

My main research interest is related to the study of the role of moral disengagement in relation to different outcomes (e.g. violent behaviour, transgressive conduct, cheating behaviours, unethical behaviours at work etc). My most recent work focused on the study of how individual factors (e.g. self-efficacy beliefs, moral disengagement) influence work stress and unethical behaviours at work. Furthermore, I am interested in investigating the role of individual factors and characteristics of nursing education in influencing later job stress and well-being of new-graduated nurses.


In 2004 I was awarded a PhD (“Prosociality, Innovation and Collective Efficacy in Educational and Organizational Context”) by Sapienza University of Rome. My thesis was entitled “Determinants of life satisfaction: a comparative analysis in Italy and Bolivia” and was mainly focused on the study of the impact of psychosocial determinants (specifically values and self-efficacy beliefs) on life satisfaction in a sample of adolescents and young adults from Italy and Bolivia.


  • Fida, R, Paciello, M, Tramontano, C, Barbaranelli, C, & Farnese, M 2014, '"Yes, i can": The protective role of personal self-efficacy in hindering counterproductive work behavior under stressful conditions', Anxiety, Stress, And Coping, pp. 1-23.
  • Fida, R, Paciello, M, Tramontano, C, Fontaine, R, Barbaranelli, C, & Farnese, M 2014, 'An integrative approach to understanding counterproductive work behavior: The roles of stressors, negative emotions, and moral disengagement', Journal Of Business Ethics.
  • Deluca, M, Tramontano, C, & Kett M 2014, 'Promoting the provision of inclusive primary education for children with disabilities in Mashonaland West Province, Zimbabwe', INTED2014 Proceedings, 1816-1824.
  • Groce, N, & Tramontano C 2014 'Data and Persons with Disability in International Development: What types of data are needed on disability to inform DFID policy and practice and to add to the post-2015 agenda? ', Written Evidence the House of Commons Select Committee on International Development.
  • Groce, N, Murray, B, Loeb, M, Tramontano, C, Trani, JF, & Mekonen A 2013 'Disabled Beggars in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia', ILO Employment Sector Working Paper No. 142. Geneva: ILO  2013.
  • Paciello, M, Fida, R, Tramontano, C, Cole, E, & Cerniglia, L 2013, 'Moral dilemma in adolescence: The role of values, prosocial moral reasoning and moral disengagement in helping decision making', European Journal Of Developmental Psychology, 10, 2, pp. 190-205.
  • Fida, R, Paciello, M, Barbaranelli, C, Tramontano, C, & Fontaine, R 2014, 'The role of irritability in the relation between job stressors, emotional reactivity, and counterproductive work behaviour', European Journal Of Work And Organizational Psychology, 23, 1, pp. 31-47.
  • Paciello, M, Fida, R, & Tramontano, C 2012.The developmental relation between moral disengagement and aggregation with deviant peer in understanding adolescents’ violent behavior. In: Cunningham, HR, & Berry, WF ed. Handbook of the Psychology of Violence. New York: Nova Science Publishers, Inc.
  • Farnese, ML, Tramontano, C, Fida, R, & Paciello, M 2011 'Cheating Behaviors in Academic Context: Does Academic Moral Disengagement Matter? ' Procedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences, 29, pp. 356-365.
  • Paciello, M, Fida, R, Tramontano, C, Lupinetti, C, & Caprara, G 2008, 'Stability and change of moral disengagement and its impact on aggression and violence in late adolescence', Child Development, 79, 5, pp. 1288-1309.


I am currently collaborating with Dr. Fida (Sapienza University of Rome) in three ongoing research programmes:

  • From university to work: a longitudinal study on stress and burnout process during nursing higher education and the first years of practice” (PI: Prof. R. Alvaro) - This research followed two cohorts of nursing students from their first year of education (about 1,200 nursing students). The main aim of this research was to investigate different factors that can lead to early burnout as well as examine both cheating and unethical behaviours in the academic and clinical facets of the nursing education. Furthermore, the research aimed to understand whether and how cheating behaviours can be translated into unethical behaviours at work (students taking part in the study are followed for 3 years after their graduation).
  • Nurse moral disengagement and deviant behavior: a longitudinal study” (PI: Dr A. Sili) – This research aim to examine unethical decision making and the role of leaders in this process. The study is following about 350 nurses over a 2-year period of time.
  • Are Errors always wrong? Learning from errors: an empirical study on error management in complex organizations”. Sapienza University of Rome small grant. (PI: Roberta Fida).
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