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Research at the Psychology Department

Our group conducts cross-cutting, basic and applied behavioural research that is concerned with emerging societal challenges, spanning from healthy ageing to threats to public health, to bilingualism and social integration. We are committed to disseminate our findings to the scientific community through research articles, books, and conference presentations, as well as to the wider community through public open lectures, seminars and workshops, related to our research projects.

We maintain close collaborations with leading academic and industrial partners in Greece and internationally, and have a long tradition on interdisciplinary research involving doctors, computer scientists, sociologists, sports and exercise scientists, business administration experts, and policy-makers. Having a clear focus on research-led teaching, we continuously update the curriculum with novel findings derived from our current projects. Most of our projects are hosted by SEERC, which is the research centre of CITY College.

COEUS
Coeus Collaborative Funds
for psychology staff and research fellows in Sheffield and Thessaloniki

 

Our departmental research focus

Our research is actively focused on three main research themes:

  1. Ageing,
  2. Bilingualism and
  3. Social integration

 

Research Themes

Research Theme 1: Ageing

The Department research scope within this theme is on cognitive decline with ageing and examines protective factors that may buffer against cognitive decline (physical activity, social participation, social network, bilingualism, internet use and participation in educational activities), contributing factors (poor education, social exclusion and Socio Economic Status, loneliness), as well as the outcomes of cognitive decline with ageing, such as everyday functioning and dependency from a caregiver.

Research Theme 2: Bilingualism

More than half of the worldwide population speaks at least a second language.  The factors contributing to the increase of bilingualism in our current society are cultural openness, migration and globalization. Given these numbers, understanding what are the advantages and disadvantages associated with learning a second language or growing up in a bilingual-multilingual context has become the focus of policy makers and researchers. The department focuses on bilingualism in relation to bilingual differences on cognitive performances and brain function using a variety of measures ranging from behavioral tasks to EEG

Research Theme 3: Social Integration

Immigration to European countries has been increasing steadily and during the last few years it has been greatly enhanced due to refugee movements. This poses a number of challenges with regards to the social integration of immigrants and refugees, especially on access to basic human rights such as health and education as well as psychosocial issues of identity and social exclusion.  Departmental research in this theme currently focuses on issues of immigration and the refugee crisis with regards to identity and mental health of refugees, access to education in refugee children and language use as a mechanism of social integration

 

Our staff

In order to get a better idea of the research that each one of us is engaged in, please click on our names below, listed in alphabetical order

Research Staff

Dr Vassilis Chatzibiros

Dr Anna Emmanouel

Dr Aristea Ladas

Ms Stella Karapa

Dr George Pavlidis

Dr Evangelos Paraskevopoulos

Dr Suzie Savvidou

Dr Maria Tziraki

Prof. Ana Vivas

Our PhD students

Our PhD students form an integral part of the departmental research and inspire us with their vigour and enthusiasm.

Ms Studenica Arvesa

Ms Kristine Brance

Mr Bujar Gallopeni

Mr Yiannis Gavriilidis

Ms Aleksandra Laketa

Ms Maria Matiaki

Ms Fatbardha Qehaja-Osmani

Ms Ioanna Spentza

 

Key Funded projects

 

Publications list

 

 

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