Associate Professor, National Scientific Qualification (ASN), Italy, 2017-2023.

Senior Researcher, IRCCS Fondazione Don Carlo Gnocchi, Milan, Italy, 2013-present.

Physical Therapist, Private Practitioner, Italy, 2003-present.


Ph.D., Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Madrid, Spain, 2012.

Master’s degree, Universidad Europea de Madrid, Spain, 2009.

Bachelor’s degree, Universidad Nacional de Cordoba, Argentina, 2001.


  • 1st INNOLABS Open Call, Innovative Health Solutions (N° 691556), “3TOOLing your Health: your therapist always with you”, Partner Investigator, 2017.
  • Italian Ministry of Health, GR-2013-02358472, Principal Investigator. Italy, 2015.


  • Congress SRS, Bologna, 2018. John H. Moe Best Basic Research Poster Award. Paravertebral Muscles Show Cross Activation in Double but also in Single AIS Curves, with a Correspondent Oxygen Consumption: An electromyography and Near Infrared Spectroscopic Study.
  • Ph.D Extraordinary Award. Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Madrid, Spain, 2014.

International congress invitations:

  • XIII IFSSH & IFSHT Congress, Buenos Aires, 2016.
  • Webinar, JOSPT and JBJS, 2016.
  • III Congreso Internacional de Dolor y Movimiento, La Salle Centro Universitario, Madrid, 2016.
  • I Congreso Internacional de Terapia Manual Ortopedica. Universidad Europea de Madrid, 2011.


Issue Editor for Topics in Geriatric Rehabilitation Issue 37:4 to publish on 5/15/2021

Editorial board, Eur J Phys Med Rehabil, 2016-present.

Editorial board, J Exerc Rehabil, 2018-present.

Associate Editors (Rehabilitation, physical therapy and occupational health), BMC Musculoskelet Disord, 2020-present.

Manuscript reviewer: BMC Musculoskelet Disord, Osteoarthritis & Cartilage, Pain Med, PLoS ONE, Eur J Phys Rehabil Med, Am J Phys Med Rehabil, Disabil Rehabil, BMJ Open, Pain Pract, Clin Rehabil, J Hand Ther, J Manipulative Physiol Ther, 2012-present.


187 articles in peer-reviewed journals, (Scopus)

Villafañe is ranked 3rd in Europe among thumb researchers (