Stella Tsermentseli

Dr Stella Tsermentseli BSc Hons, PGCertHE, MPhil, PhD

Stella Tsermentseli

Dr Stella Tsermentseli
BSc Hons, PGCertHE, MPhil, PhD

Senior Lecturer, Psychology

Department of Psychology, Social Work & Counselling

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Dr Stella Tsermentseli is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Psychology, Social Work & Counselling at the University of Greenwich. She is also the Departmental Erasmus+ coordinator and Link tutor for the BSc Psychology programme at New York College, Athens, Greece. She is a Chartered Psychologist and an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society.

Her research has a cross-disciplinary focus, integrating theories and methods from the sub-disciplines of Clinical, Developmental Psychology and Neuropsychology. Her current research focuses on the study of neuro-cognitive bases of developmental disorders, as well as what these disorders tell us about typical development.

Stella has received a variety of honours awards for her research, including an Early Career Research Excellence Award from the University of Greenwich in 2013.

Research groups: She is a member of the Developmental Psychology Research Group, the Applied Psychology Research Group and the Centre for Children & Families at the University of Greenwich.

PhD students: Stella is supervising PhD students with a strong interest in her research areas.

Teaching: Clinical Psychology & Psychopathology (BSc, MSc), Advanced Developmental Psychology (MSc), Current Issues in Child and Adolescent Psychology (MSc), Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychology (BSc, MSc), Applied Clinical Neuropsychology (BSc).

Posts held previously:

  • 2008-11, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London
  • 2006-11, Associate Lecturer, Open University
  • 2003-08, Research Demonstrator, Department of Psychology, Royal Holloway University of London
  • 2004-08, PhD candidate and Teaching Assistant, Department of Psychology, Brunel University
  • Senior Lecturer, Psychology, Department of Psychology, Social Work and Counselling
  • Lecturer on MSc Psychology (Conversion) programme
  • Link tutor
  • University of Greenwich: Early Career Research Travel Award, 2014
  • University of Greenwich: Early Career Research Excellence Award, 2013
  • Travel Award, Guarantors of Brain: A Journal of Neurology, 2010
  • Wellcome Trust Award: Controversies in Motor Neurone Disease, 2008
  • Departmental Research Studentship, School of Social Sciences, Brunel University, 2004-07
  • NEUROTRAIN-Neuroscience Training in Europe Award, European Commission, Research Directorate General & Marie Curie Actions, 2006
  • The Tom Trocianko travel award, 2005
  • Vice-Chancellor's Prize for Postgraduate Research Students, Brunel University, 2005
  • Departmental Research Studentship, Department of Education, Brunel University, 2003
  • Reviewer: British Journal of Developmental Psychology, Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, PLOS ONE, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis and Frontotemporal Degeneration; Cortex.

Stella is interested in understanding the nature and neuro-cognitive bases of developmental disorders, as well as what these disorders tell us about typical development. My research focuses on various forms of developmental psychopathology, including autism spectrum disorder, dyslexia and intellectual disability.  Primarily, Stella uses cognitive-experimental and neuroimaging techniques, among typical and atypical populations, to investigate topics, such as:

  • The typical and atypical development of executive function
  • Visual perception in autism spectrum disorder
  • The relationship between executive function, theory of mind and social outcomes in typical and atypical development
  • The development, function and form of early childhood aggression
  • The effectiveness of dance and music therapy as interventions for autism spectrum disorder

In the past, Stella has worked on a Wellcome Trust funded project investigating the cerebral mechanisms underlying cognitive and language impairment in Motor Neuron (MND) Disease.

Funded research projects

  • University of Greenwich, Department of Psychology, Social Work & Counselling: The strategic use of aggression and affiliation in early childhood, PhD Supervisor, VC Scholarship with Claire Monk, 2015-18
  • University of Greenwich, Department of Psychology, Social Work & Counselling: Developmental Trajectories of Hot and Cool executive function in autism". PhD Supervisor, VC Scholarship, 2014-17
  • University of Greenwich, Department of Psychology, Social Work & Counselling: Cognitive predictors of early childhood aggression". PhD Supervisor, VC Scholarship with Claire Monks, 2013-16
  • Brunel University & Nokia UK: Neuronal Mechanisms when processing mobile phone interfaces, Research Consultant, 2008
  • Department of Psychology, Brunel University: Form and motion coherence processing in autism and dyslexia, PhD student, 2004-07

*Kouklari, E.C., Tsermentseli, S., & Auyeung, B (In Press). Executive function predicts theory of mind but not social verbal communication in school-aged children with autism spectrum disorder. Research in Developmental Disabilities.

Kouklari, E.C, Tsermentseli, S., & Monks, C. (In Press). Developmental trends of hot and cool executive function in school aged children with and without autism spectrum disorder: links with theory of mind. Development and Psychopathology. 

O'Toole, S., Monks, C. P., & Tsermentseli, S. (2018). Associations between and development of cool and hot executive functions across early childhood. British Journal of Developmental Psychology, 36(1), 142-148.

Kouklari, E. C., Tsermentseli, S., & Monks, C. P. (2017). Hot and cool executive function in children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorder: Cross-sectional developmental trajectories. Child Neuropsychology, online first. 

Kouklari, E. C., Thompson, T., Monks, C. P., & Tsermentseli, S. (2017). Hot and cool executive function and its relation to theory of mind in children with and without autism spectrum disorder. Journal of Cognition and Development, 18(4), 399-418.

O'Toole, S. E., Monks, C. P., & Tsermentseli, S. (2017). Executive function and theory of mind as predictors of aggressive and prosocial behavior and peer acceptance in early childhood. Social Development, 26(4), 907-920.

Tsermentseli, S. & Poland, S. (2016). Cool versus hot executive function: A new approach to executive function. Encephalos, 53, pp. 11-14.

Tsermentseli, S., Leigh, P. N., Taylor, J. N., Radunovic, A., Catani, M. and Goldstein, L. H. (2015). Syntactic processing as a marker for cognitive impairment in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis and Frontotemporal Degeneration, 17, pp. 69-76.

Poland, S, Monks, C. P. and Tsermentseli, S. (2015). Cool and Hot Executive Function as Predictors of Childhood Aggression: Differentiating Between the Function and Form of Aggression. British Journal of Developmental Psychology, 34(2), pp. 181-197.

Taylor, L. J., Brown, R. G., Tsermentseli, S., Al-Chalabi, A. A., Shaw, C. E., Ellis, C. E., Leigh, P. N. and Goldstein, L. H. (2013). Is language impairment more common than executive dysfunction in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis? The Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry, 84, pp. 494-498.

Tsermentseli, S., Leigh, P. N. and Goldstein, L. H. (2012). The anatomy of cognitive impairment in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis: more than frontal lobe dysfunction. Cortex, 48, pp. 166-182.

Tsermentseli, S., Dell'Acqua, F., Landau, S., Williams, S. C. R., Jones, D. K., Leigh, P. N. and Goldstein, L. H. (2012). Frontal white matter connections and cognitive change in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis: a DTI-tractography study. Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery & Psychiatry, 83 (10), e1.

Tsermentseli, S., O'Brien, J. M. and Spencer, J. V. (2012). A preliminary comparison of volumetric changes between dyslexia and Asperger syndrome. The Hellenic Journal of Psychology, 9, pp. 102-113.

Turner, M. R., Grosskreutz, J., Kassubek, Abrahams, S., Agosta, F., Benatar, M., Filippi, M., Goldstein, L. H., van den Heuvel, M., Kalra, S., Lulé, D., Mohammadi, M., Atassi, N., Enzinger, C., Muller, H. P., Pradat, P. F., Sharma, R., Smith, S. S., Teipel, S., Toosy, A., Tsermentseli, S., Van Damme, P. V., Verstraete, E., Welsh, R. and Wittstock, M. (2011). Towards a neuroimaging biomarker in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. The Lancet Neurology, 10, pp. 400-403.

Tsermentseli, S. (2010). Dementia and mild cognitive impairment in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis: A review. Encephalos, 47, pp. 10-17.

O'Brien, J. M., Tsermentseli, S., Cummins, O., Happé, F., Keaton, P. and Spencer, J. V. (2009). Discriminating children with autism from children with learning difficulties with an adaptation of the Short Sensory Profile. Early Child Development and Care, 179, pp. 383-394.

Tsermentseli, S., O'Brien, J. M., and Spencer, J. V. (2008). Comparison of Form and Motion Coherence Processing in Autistic Spectrum Disorders and Developmental Dyslexia. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 38, pp. 1201-1210.

Tsermentseli, S., Dell'Acqua, F., Landau, S., Williams, S. C. R., Jones, D. K., Leigh, P. N. and Goldstein, L. H. (2012). Frontal white matter connections and cognitive change in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis: a DTI-tractography study. Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery & Psychiatry, 83(10), e1.

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Tsermentseli, S., Kouklari, E.C. & Monks, C. (2017). Does Hot Executive Function Predict Theory of Mind in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder? International Meeting for Autism Research, San Francisco, USA. 

Kouklari, E.C., Tsermentseli, S., & Monks, C. (2017). Hot and Cool Executive Function and Theory of Mind in Children and Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Cross Sectional Developmental Trajectories Comparison with Typically Developing Peers. International Meeting for Autism Research, San Francisco, USA. 

Roberts, A.P., Monks, C., & Tsermentseli, S. (2017). Resource control in young children: cognitive and affective factors in strategy selection. European Conference on Developmental psychology, Utrecht, the Netherlands. 

Kouklari, E.C., Tsermentseli, S., & Monks, C. (2016). The Relationship between Hot and Cool Executive Function and Theory of Mind in School-Aged Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Annual Cognitive Psychology Section, British Psychological Society, Barcelona, Spain.

Poland, S., Monks, C. P. & Tsermentseli, S. (2016). Links between Cool and Hot Executive Function, Theory of Mind and the Function and Form of Aggression. The International Society for the Study of Behavioural Development, Vilnius, Lithuania.

Tsermentseli, S., & Sheldon, R. (2016). The Effect of a Single-Step Cognitive Preparation before Audio-Feedback on Voice Evaluation in a Non-Clinical Sample. 18th International Conference on Behavioral, Cognitive and Psychological Sciences, Paris, France.

Gabel, M., Tsermentseli, S., Goldstein, LH., Al-Chalabi, A., Young, A.L., Alexander, DC., Leigh,P.N., Cercignani, M. (2016). Cognitive impairment occurs before loss of function in ALS. Association of British Neurologists Annual Meeting, Brighton, UK.

Poland, S., Monks, C. and Tsermentseli, S. (2015). Cool and hot executive function as predictors of aggression in early childhood. 17th European Conference on Developmental Psychology. Braga: Portugal.

Poland, S., Monks, C., and Tsermentseli, S. (2014). The Role of Cool and Hot Executive Function and Theory of Mind in Children's Social Behaviour. 29th Annual PsyPAG Conference. Cardiff, UK.

Tsermentseli, S. and Siirak, J. (2014). The influence of well-being, optimism, and emotional intelligence on music preferences of teenagers and young adults. British Psychological Society, Developmental Section. Amsterdam: Netherlands.

Tsermentseli, S. (2013). The Neuroanatomy of Cognitive Impairment in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis. BIT's Major Diseases Clinical Summit. Warsaw: Poland.

Tsermentseli, S., Dell'Acqua, F., Landau, S., Williams, S. C. R., Jones, D. K., Leigh, P. N. and Goldstein, L. H. (2012). Frontal white matter connections and cognitive change in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis: a DTI-tractography study. British Neuropsychiatric Association Annual Meeting. London, UK.

Τσερμεντσέλη, Σ. (2011). Άνοια και ήπια γνωστική διαταραχή στην πλάγια μυατροφική σκλήρυνση. 7ο Πανελλήνιο Διεπιστημονικό Συνέδριο Νόσου Alzheimer και Συγγενών Διαταραχών, Θεσσαλονίκη.

Tsermentseli, S. (2011). Cognitive deficits in motor neurone disease and frontotemporal dementia. The First Meeting of International School of Clinical Neuroanatomy. Palermo: Sicily.

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