I was born and grew up in Heraklion in Crete, Greece.
I studied Psychology at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki from 1999 to 2003 under the supervision of Prof. Panayiota Vorria who at that time was leading a longitudinal study in developmental risk and resilience in Greece with Prof Michael Rutter. I was really inspired by this work and this is how my journey started! I conducted my BSc research in attachment theory in 2003 under the supervision of Prof. Panayiota Vorria.
In 2003, I received an Erasmus scholarship by the European Commission to visit the School of Psychology at the University of Padova in Italy where I studied child and family psychology alongside Prof. Grazia Fava Vizziello.
In 2004, I moved to the UCL Institute of Education in London (UK) to study for an MSc in Child Development with Prof. Carolien Rieffe and a research focus on children’s behaviour problems and parental involvement in children’s education and social life.
In 2006 I started my PhD at the University of Southampton under the supervision of Prof. Edmund Sonuga-Barke. My PhD focused on the behavioural and electrophysiological correlates of emotion processing in children with behaviour problems.
From 2011 until 2013, I continued this work as a postdoctoral fellow with Prof. Edmund Sonuga-Barke on a research project examining the neural processing of vocal emotion as well as rewarding and aversive stimuli in Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.
In January 2014, I moved to the University of Manchester (UK) to work as a Lecturer in the Cognitive Neuroscience of Emotion with Prof. Sonja Kotz.
This academic appointment led to a number of opportunities including a research collaboration with Prof. Jonathan Green on the SOCiAL follow-up EEG study.
In August 2015, I undertook the Co-directorship of the newly established Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience (DCN) Lab at the University of Central Lancashire, School of Psychology. The DCN Lab is an exciting new initiative supporting Developmental Neuroscience research at UCLan.
Currently, I work with a number of national and international partners on the developmental neuroscience of emotion and motivation toward the common mission of increasing resilience and well-being in children and adolescents with mental health difficulties. We hope our resarch will inform policy and preventive intervention efforts.
You can find here a copy of my curriculum vitae.