Coordination and Management Team

University of Cyprus (UCY)

Project Coordinator

Timothy C. Papadopoulos

University of Cyprus

Timothy C. Papadopoulos, Ph.D. is Professor at the Department of Psychology, University of Cyprus. His research and teaching focus on the study of learning disabilities and their treatment and specifically on (a) various optimal and protective factors for specific learning disorders, focusing on development, cognitive profiles, and pathology, (b) similar factors for the Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (attention, executive functioning, inhibition, and processing speed) and (c) the development of web-based cognitive remedial programs. He directs the Learning Disabilities Group  and he is the Project Coordinator of the Neo-PRISM-C ITN project, funded by the EU (2019-2023), with a total budget of 4M€.

Project Vice – Coordinator

Georgia Panayiotou

University of Cyprus

Georgia Panayiotou, Ph.D. is the Chair and Professor of the Department of Psychology, University of Cyprus. Her research interests are in the domain of Emotion and its role in the etiology and maintenance of psychopathology. She studies topics like differences in fear reactivity between groups with different pathologies, emotion regulation and coping and Anxiety and Affective Disorders Emotional processes in antisocial behaviors such a risky driving and childhood aggression. She directs the Clinical Psychology and Psychophysiology Lab and she is a founding member of the Center for Applied Neuroscience. She is a licensed clinical psychologist in Cyprus and she is the Vice-Coordinator of the Neo-PRISM-C project.

Project Manager

Afroditi Stefanou

University of Cyprus

Afroditi Stefanou, MA works as a Special Research Scientist at the Center for Applied Neuroscience (CAN), the University of Cyprus since February 2019 and she is the Project Administration Manager of the Neo-PRISM-C project. As to her professional experience, she was involved as an Administrative Officer at the Vice President for Operations Office at the Cyprus Institute and also as a European and Co-funded Projects Officer in the private sector working on several European Erasmus + Key Action 2 -in Vocational Education and Training- projects and AMIF projects. Moreover, she was involved as an educational/ instructional officer in the European Erasmus+ research projects (Key Action 3) of the Cyprus Pedagogical Institute (Department of Educational Technology), ATS2020-Assessment of Transversal Skills 2020 and MENTEP-Mentoring Technology Enhanced Pedagogy from 2016 to 2018. In addition, Afroditi was part of the Educational Effectiveness Research Group of the University of Cyprus, working as a research associate-teaching assistant-special scientist in the Department of Education from 2012 through 2016, on several projects. Furthermore, her work experience is expanded as a primary school teacher in the all-day voluntary primary school as well as a primary school instructor in the Project DRASE-Actions for School and Social Inclusion of the Cyprus Ministry of Education and Culture.

Beneficiaries

University of Cyprus (UCY)

George Spanoudis

University of Cyprus

George Ch. Spanoudis, Ph.D. is Associate Professor of Psychology at the Department of Psychology, University of Cyprus. His academic activities adhere to three lines of research: Language Learning Impairments, language development, Cognitive Development, Intelligence, Cognitive Electrophysiology and Research Methodology, Psychometrics. He also works on the application of statistical models in psychological data and is particularly interested in structural equation modeling and multivariate data analysis for discrete or categorical data.  He leads or participates in projects funded by both national and European agencies.

Kostas Fanti

University of Cyprus

Kostas A. Fanti, Ph.D. is the Director of the Developmental Psychopathology Lab (DPL) and Associate Professor of Developmental Psychopathology at the Department of Psychology, University of Cyprus. Dr Fanti is the principal investigator on multiple local and international grants investigating the development of child and adolescent psychopathology. His research and scientific interests have a developmental psychopathology and cognitive neuroscience focus. Specifically, he investigates how individual, environmental, and biological factors influence maladaptive behavior and especially antisocial behavior from preschool to adolescence. His current research focuses on novel cognitive neuroscience informed treatments for children and adolescents at risk for conduct disorder. He published more than 100 journal articles, books and chapters. He is an ad hoc reviewer in multiple journals and he is a member of the editorial board of Social Development, Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, and the Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment. He participates in various US, European and International organizations and scientific committees. Dr Fanti received multiple awards, and more recently he was awarded the Jevon S. Newman Early Career Award’ from the Society for the Scientific Study of Psychopathy for his contributions in understanding this phenomenon across development.

Marios Avraamides

University of Cyprus

Marios Avraamides, Ph.D. is Professor of Cognitive Psychology at the Department of Psychology, University of Cyprus and the Director of the Experimental Psychology Lab. His primary research interest focus on spatial memory and navigation. He is particularly interested in investigating how people encode and maintain in memory information about the locations of objects in their environment and how they use such information to carry out tasks such as maintaining orientation and navigating to previously seen locations etc.

University of Jyväskylä (JYU)

Paavo Leppänen

University of Jyväskylä

Paavo H.T. Leppänen, Ph.D., Vice-Dean (research) of the Faculty of Education and Psychology, is Professor of psychology and dyslexia research at the Department of Psychology at University of Jyväskylä (JYU), the head of the EEG and behavioral cognitive psychology laboratories of Department of Psychology (JYU). He has long experience in the research of learning disorders, especially reading and reading difficulties and related cognitive risk factors using both brain event-related potential (ERP) and behavioral research methods with infant, child and adult populations. He currently conducts and directs research in the field of developmental cognitive neuroscience using MEG and EEG techniques, and those combined with eye-tracking methodology. His research themes include digital and Internet reading (with web-based, behavioral, eye-tracking and brain response measures), dyslexia, language difficulties, attentional problems, and problems in foreign/ second language learning, their risk factors, interventions, and neurocognitive processes of reading.

Minna Torppa

University of Jyväskylä

Minna Torppa, Ph.D. is Associate Professor at the Department of Teacher Education, University of Jyväskylä in Finland. Her research interests are in the fields of educational and developmental psychology focusing on learning difficulties, cognitive development, reading, and math development. Minna is interested in the interaction of risk and protective factors within individuals and in their environment at different phases of life as well as the developmental associations of learning, motivation and well-being. Longitudinal quantitative methodology is an additional interest of hers.

Mikko Aro

University of Jyväskylä

Mikko Aro, Ph.D. is Professor of Special Education at the Department of Education, University of Jyväskylä in Finland. Aro is interested in development of literacy, math and self-regulation, as well as specific learning disabilities and their comorbidity. His research aims at understanding the cognitive background of typical and atypical skill development as well as the role of motivational and emotional factors affecting the development, with the goal of developing instructional practices and intervention methods.

Research Center for Natural Sciences – Hungarian Academy of Sciences (RCNS-HAS)

Valéria Csépe

Research Center for Natural Sciences- Hungarian Academy of Sciences

Valéria Csépe, Ph.D. is research Professor at the Research Centre of Natural Sciences (RCNS) of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (HAS), Professor of Cognitive Psychology and Neuroscience (Technical University of Budapest, University of Pannonia), and member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and the Academia Europaea.  Her research focuses on the behavioral and brain correlates of typical and atypical cognitive development from infancy to adulthood. The research group of Neurocognitive Development founded by her at the Brain Imaging Centre of RCNS HAS, investigates brain correlates related to the development of spoken and sign language, reading acquisition and disorders, spatial navigation, music as well as executive functions and probabilistic learning with various brain and behavior methods. She served as deputy secretary General of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, elected for two terms (2008–2014), being the first female in such a high position there. Between 2012 and 2018 she worked for the strategic committee of the International Council of Science (ICSU) as elected member and took part in the preparatory works of the International Science Council (merger of ICSU and ISSC). She is president, appointed in 2016 and 2018, of the Hungarian High Education Accreditation Committee. As of 2017 she is principal investigator of the national curriculum redesign and implementation EU project in Hungary, member of the Education 2030 focus group as well as invited expert of The Research Precariat Scoping Group of the OECD.

Ferenc Honbolygó

Research Center for Natural Sciences- Hungarian Academy of Sciences

Ferenc Honbolygó, Ph.D. is a Cognitive Psychologist working as Senior Researcher at the Research Centre for Natural Sciences, Hungarian Academy of Sciences in Budapest, Hungary. His research interests include the neural basis of auditory perception, speech, language and music, and the development and developmental disorders of these cognitive abilities. In order to study the brain functions related to these abilities, he is using the method of EEG, even-related brain potentials, and fMRI.

Zoltán Vidnyánszky

Research Center for Natural Sciences- Hungarian Academy of Sciences

Zoltán Vidnyánszky, Ph.D., D.Sc., is Professor of Neuroscience and the Head of the Brain Imaging Centre at the Research Centre for Natural Sciences, Hungarian Academy of Sciences in Budapest, Hungary. He is interested in development of artificial intelligence powered MRI and EEG data analysis techniques and their application in basic, clinical and translational neuroimaging. His major research objectives include uncovering the neural basis of natural reading and dyslexia.

Université Catholique de Louvain (UCL)

Olivier Luminet

Université Catholique de Louvain

Olivier Luminet, Ph.D. is Full Professor at the Université catholique de Louvain and Associate Professor at the Université libre de Bruxelles in Belgium. He is also Research Director at the Belgian Fund for Scientific Research (FRS-FNRS) and the current president of the Belgian Association for Psychological Sciences (BAPS). His research expertise and interests are in Personality, health, and emotion regulation (including alexithymia) and Emotions and collective memory (including flashbulb memories).

Lab website: https://sites.google.com/site/illuminettilab/home

Magali Lahaye

Université Catholique de Louvain

Magali Lahaye, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist in the Department of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology of cliniques universitaires Saint-Luc in Belgium. She is invited professor at the Université catholique de Louvain. Her research expertise and interests are in pediatric psychology and in emotions in children and adolescents.

University of Edinburgh (UOE)

Bonnie Auyeung

University of Edinburgh

Bonnie Auyeung, Ph.D. is Reader and Chancellor’s Fellow at the School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences at University of Edinburgh where her work is focused around two central themes: 1) the role of prenatal factors on psychological and neural postnatal development and 2) interventions to alleviate the symptoms of developmental difficulties. Prior to her current role, Bonnie worked at the Autism Research Centre at the University of Cambridge where she remains Director of Psychoneuroendocrinology. Before joining Cambridge, Bonnie was a graduate researcher at the University of California (Los Angeles). Her research took place through the Early Childhood Partial Hospitalization Program at the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute and focused on development of attention measures for young children. Her research interests focus on Early child development (social and cognitive development), Developmental Disorders, Autism, ADHD, Epilepsy, neural development, sex differences, early deprivation, prenatal development and adolescent development.

University of Crete (UOC)

Ioannis Tsaousis

University of Crete

Ioannis Tsaousis, Ph.D. is Professor in Psychometrics at University of Crete – Department of Psychology. His research interests include psychometric theory, test development, and theoretical as well as the empirical measurement of individual differences (i.e. personality and intelligence). The corollary of this research activity is the development and standardization of more than 20 psychometric instruments in Greek and English Language. He is author and co-author of numerous scientific papers in the field of psychology while he serves as reviewer in many scientific peer-reviewed journals in the field of psychometrics. He is also member of the editorial board of several prestigious international scientific journals including the International Journal of Testing, publication of the International Test Commission (ITC), Frontiers in Psychology: Quantitative Psychology and Measurement, European Journal of Personality and International Journal of election and Assessment. Since 2012, he is visiting expert on test validation for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (National Center for Assessment in Higher Education).

Panagiota Dimitropoulou

University of Crete

Panagiota Dimitropoulou, Ph.D is Assistant Professor in Educational Psychology, at the Department of Psychology of the University of Crete, in Greece since 2017. Her research interests include issues relevant to current trends in school and educational psychology, such as mental health promotion, development and implementation of evidence-based intervention programs in the school community, motivation, academic emotions, psychoemotional adjustment of children and adolescents with emotional, behavioral and learning difficulties, effective and resilient schools, provision of mental health services with the use of technology (e-mental health) and cyberbullying.

University of Athens (UOA)

Georgios Sideridis

University of Athens

Georgios Sideridis, Ph.D. is Professor of Educational Psychology at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. His research interests are in the areas of psychometrics and the assessment and diagnosis of students with learning disabilities.

Silversky3d VR Technologies Ltd (SLVS)

Kleanthis Neokleous

Silversky3D Virtual Reality Technologies Ltd

Kleanthis Neokleous, Ph.D is the cofounder and Director of Product Development at Silversky3D Virtual Reality Technologies Ltd in Cyprus. He has worked as a postdoctoral scientist at the Department of Psychology of the University of Cyprus. Kleanthis has extensive expertise in the development of content for Virtual Reality and the application of computational intelligence methods. He has participated in two ERC Proof of Concept projects that involved the design of virtual environments for training applications and has supervised the development of several commercial virtual reality applications.

Niilo Mäki Foundation (NMF)

Juha-Matti Latvala

Niilo Mäki Foundation

Juha-Matti Latvala, Ph.D. is an Executive Director at Niilo Mäki Institute in Finland (http://www.nmi.fi). He has long experience in leading development and research projects (especially related to educational technology). His research interests focus on learning games and interventions (e.g. GraphoLearn -environment), collaboration between home and school, technology in education and learning.

Regionaal Instituut voor Dyslexie B.V. (RID)

Jurgen Tijms

Regionaal Instituut voor Dyslexie B.V. (RID)

Jurgen Tijms, Ph.D. is senior researcher at RID, and co-director of Rudolf Berlin Center at the University of Amsterdam (Dept. of Developmental Psychology). His research interests include the neurocognitive underpinnings of reading and mathematical disorders, (early) markers of learning disorders, and research on the mechanisms of change and the effectiveness of interventions for children with learning disorders. He has a special interest in integrating research on learning disabilities with clinical practice, and on the use of serious game principles in assessment and intervention of learning disorders.

Partners

Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital at the Ohio State University (NCH)

Christopher Bartlett

Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital at the Ohio State University

Christopher Bartlett, Ph.D. is Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Mathematical Medicine at the Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital at the The Ohio State University, in USA. His long-term goal is to understand the molecular neurobiology of human language. However, moreso than any other cognitive neuroscience topic, the neurobiology of language is quite resistant to use of animal models except in extremely circumscribed ways. Christopher’s approach is to use “forward genetics” whereby we map language and related traits into the human genome in language impaired patient and family studies using a mix of statistics and genomics. This work entails three levels of basic research and experimentation that feed into the larger project. 1) Statistical genetics research where we develop the statistical methods necessary to directly model and thereby answer our specific research questions. This work involves both analytical and computational methods. 2) Molecular genetic methods and assay development to generate the raw data used in our analyses. 3) Studies of gene expression in the human brain using methods that are similar to those for mapping cognitive traits, but these research questions involve finding directly functional genomic elements that are active in the human brain, such polymorphisms are good candidates biomarkers and mediators of cognitive performance.

Brain Products (BP)

Thomas Emmerling

Brain Products

Thomas Emmerling, Ph.D. is Team Leader of Strategic Product Management at Brain Products in Germany since 2018. He started to work as a scientific consultant in the Strategic Marketing department at Brain Products in 2016. He is responsible for the planned training of the ESRs in the application of EEG-systems in the research context of neurodevelopmental dysfunctions with a focus on pediatrics.

Mind’s Eye Research Ltd., Sussex Innovation Center, University of Sussex (MER/SRR)

Sam Hutton

Mind’s Eye Research Ltd., Sussex Innovation Center, University of Sussex (MER/SRR)

Sam Hutton, Ph.D. is Director of Mind’s Eye Research, a consultancy that provides training and advice to users of EyeLink eye trackers on behalf of SR Research Ltd. He has over 20 years of experience in eye tracking research, both within academia and on behalf of SR Research and their customers. He has published eye tracking research in a wide range of fields, from oculomotor abnormalities in schizophrenia to the role of gaze cues in magazine advertisements. Over the last 5 years he has given eye tracking workshops at Universities around the world, including specialized workshops on eye tracking in language research and eye tracking infants and children.

SUVAG Polyclinic Zagreb (SUVAG)

Maja Kelić

SUVAG Polyclinic Zagreb

Maja Kelić, Ph.D. is a speech and language pathologist especially interested in development of phonology and phonological deficits in language and reading disorder. She gained her PhD in Language and Cognitive Neuroscience from the University of Zagreb in 2017. During working on PhD thesis, she furthered her education at Brain imaging center at Research center for natural sciences of Hungarian academy of sciences, University of Graz, Bristol Speech and Language Therapy Research Unit, Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences in Leipzig, Mayo Clinic in Rochester, USA. She is employed at SUVAG Polyclinic in Zagreb and involved in projects of Laboratory for Psycholinguistic Research of University of Zagreb. She is a member of board and lecturer of Croatian Dyslexia Association.

Katarina Pavičić Dokoza

SUVAG Polyclinic Zagreb

Katarina Pavicic Dokoza, Ph.D. is Assistant Professor and Director of Polyclinic for the Rehabilitation of Listening and Speech SUVAG Zagreb. She has worked as an associate of Department of Psychology of the University of Zagreb, Croatia since 2010. Since 2018 she has worked as an associate of Department of Speech and Language Pathology, University of Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina. She has an extensive expertise in the field of speech and language rehabilitation that involves use of electroacoustic equipment during diagnostic and rehabilitation procedures.

Cyprus Psychologists’ Association (CYPSA)

Eleni Karayianni

Cyprus Psychologists’ Association

Eleni Karayianni, Ph.D. is the President of the Cyprus Psychologists’ Association. She is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist with the Cyprus Psychologists’ Registration Board. Her main research interests relate to traumatic experiences, program development and evaluation, and work-related issues (e.g., stress). Her research activity has received funding by national and international agencies. She has been working as Clinical Training Coordinator at the Department of Psychology, University of Cyprus since 2008. Since 2015, she has been acting Director of the University of Cyprus Mental Health Center. She is also a consultant on several national projects (e.g., Ministry of Education, “Hope for Children” UNCRC Policy Center) pertaining to child protection and promoting the adoption of child-friendly approaches based on best practices. At the international level, she is an elected member of the Executive Council of the European Federation of Psychologists’ Associations (EFPA, 2015 – 2019), and she collaborates with the Council of Europe on issues pertaining to children’s rights.

University of Amsterdam (UvA)

Reinout Wiers

University of Amsterdam

Reinout Wiers, Ph.D. is full professor of developmental psychopathology at the University of Amsterdam, and head of the Department of Developmental Psychology. His main research focus is on assessing and changing implicit cognitive processes in addiction. The goal of his research group is to increase understanding into the (neuro-) cognitive processes involved in the etiology of addiction and related disorders and to use this knowledge to develop interventions.

University of Pannonia (UoP)

Judit Navracsics

University of Pannonia

Judit Navracsics, Ph.D. is the Dean of the Faculty of Modern Philology and Social Sciences at the University of Pannonia. She is also Professor of Applied Linguistics and the Head of the Institute for Hungarian and Applied Linguistics and the Chair of the Multilingualism Doctoral School. Her research interests focus on Infant bi- and multilingualism, early third language acquisition, the bilingual mental lexicon, second language acquisition, multilingual processing and EEG correlates of bilingual visual word recognition and bilingual sentence comprehension.