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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

Faculty of Education & Health

Dr Stella Tsermentseli is a Senior Lecturer for Psychology in the Department of Psychology, Social Work & Counselling at the University of Greenwich.

Stella joined the university in 2011 as a lecturer on areas primarily in neuropsychology, abnormal and developmental psychology and currently course coordinates Individual Differences and Abnormal Psychology on the MSc Psychology (Conversion) programme. She is also Link tutor for the BSc Psychology programme at New York College, Athens, Greece.

Her research focuses on the study of cognitive impairment in developmental disorders and neurodegenerative disease.

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.

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: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis and Frontotemporal Degeneration; Cortex; Journal of Autism; and Developmental Disorders.

Stella's research focus is on the study of cognitive impairment in developmental disorders and neurodegenerative disease, using a combination of classical neuropsychological techniques with state-of-the-art neuroimaging methods.

Examples of previous work include the study of visual processing in autism and dyslexia, using psychophysics and functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI). She has also completed a Wellcome Trust funded project investigating the cerebral mechanisms underlying cognitive and language impairment in Motor Neuron (MND) Disease.

More recently, Stella is investigating the developmental trajectories of cognitive impairments, particularly executive functions and Theory of Mind, in childhood aggression and autism.

Her work has been published in high impact peer reviewed journals and presented at various international conferences.

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

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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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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