Zaira Donarelli

Dott.ssa Zaira Donarelli Psicologa

Dott.ssa Zaira Donarelli

CLINICA ANDROS, Via Ausonia 43/45 Palermo

Research Interests

Clinical Psychology, Infertility-related psychological distress and quality of life Couples' dynamics attachment, Psychological Assessment

Research Activities

Reviewer for International Scientific Journals (Human Reproduction; International Journal of Fertility and Sterility; Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology; International Journal of Women’s Health; Reproductive Biomedicine Online; Human Fertility; Sage Open)


  • 1) Donarelli Z. et al. "Infertility-related stress, anxiety and ovarian stimulation: can couples be reassured about the effects of psychological factors on biological responses to assisted reproductive technology?", Reproductive Biomedicine and Society online, 2016; 3: 16-23
  • 2) Donarelli Z et al. "The Fertility Quality of Life Questionnaire (FertiQoL) Relational Subscale: psychometric properties and discriminant validity across gender", Human Reproduction, 2016; 31 (9): 2061–2071
  • 3) Donarelli Z. et al. "How do individual attachment patterns of both members of couples affect their perceived infertility stress? An actor–partner interdependence analysis", Personality and Individual Differences, 2016; 92: 63–68
  • 4) Donarelli Z., et al "Assessing infertility-related stress: the factor structure of the Fertility Problem Inventory in Italian couples undergoing infertility treatment", Journal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics and Gynecology, 2015; 36(2): 58–65
  • 5) Donarelli al. "Are attachment dimensions associated with infertility-related stress in couples undergoing their first IVF treatment? A study on the individual and cross-partner effect,Human Reproduction, 2012.

Congress Presentations/Posters

  • Donarelli Z. et al. “The impact of psychological counselling on dyadic outcomes for infertile couples: a common fate analysis”, Selected Poster for presentation, ESHRE CONGRESS, Geneva, Switzerland, July, 2017
  • Donarelli Z. et al. “Congruence between partners' need for parenthood and its relationship to their quality of life: a dyadic approach between infertile couples”, Poster ESHRE CONGRESS, Helsinki, Finland, July, 2016
  • Donarelli Z. et al. “The role of infertility concerns in predicting the change in men’s quality of life during ART treatment in couples with a male infertility factor”, Poster ESHRE CONGRESS, Lisbon, Portugal, 2015
  • Donarelli Z. et al. “Couple relationship quality (CRQ) influences women’s and men’s quality of life during the course of infertility treatment”. Poster, ESHRE CONGRESS, Munich, Germany, 2014
  • Salerno L., Donarelli Z. et al. “A preliminary study of the Fertility Quality of Life questionnaire (FertiQoL) relational subscale: analysis of its relationship with marital adjustment in Italian infertile couples, Poster, ESHRE CONGRESS, Munich, Germany, 2014
  • Donarelli Z. et al. “Attachment and Anxiety in Couples Experiencing Infertility: An Actor Partner Interdependence Analysis”, Oral Presentation, Symposium in collaboration with J. Boivin, C. Verhaak, S. Gameiro, International Congress of Behavioural Medicine (ICBM), Groningen, The Netherlands, 2014
  • Gullo S., Donarelli Z. et al. The Fertility Problem Inventory (FPI): a validation study of the Italian version”. Poster, ESHRE CONGRESS, London, UK, July, 2013
  • Donarelli Z. et al. “Analysis of attachment and anxiety in couples experiencing infertility using the Actor Partner Interdependence Model (APIM)”, Poster, ESHRE CONGRESS, London, UK, 2013
  • Donarelli Z. et al “Could infertility-related stress and anxiety of both partners influence the success of infertility treatments?”, Oral presentation, 27th Conference of European Health Psychology Society (EHPS), Bordeaux, France, 2013
  • Donarelli Z. et al. “The role of attachment style, state-anxiety and partner’s concerns in predicting infertility-related stress in couples undergoing their first IVF treatment”, Poster ESHRE CONGRESS, Stockholm, Sweden, July 2011