Dr Stella Tsermentseli BSc Hons, PGCertHE, MPhil, PhD

Senior Lecturer, Psychology

Dr Stella Tsermentseli is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Human Sciences 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

Responsibilities within the university

  • Senior Lecturer, Psychology, School of Human Sciences
  • Lecturer on MSc Psychology (Conversion) programme
  • Link tutor

Awards

  • 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

Recognition

  • Reviewer: British Journal of Developmental Psychology, Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, PLOS ONE, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis and Frontotemporal Degeneration; Cortex.

Research / Scholarly interests

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.

Key funded 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

Recent publications

Article

Jenkins, Ryan , Davis, Josh P., Monks, Claire, Tsermentseli, Davis (2021), Individual differences in face and voice recognition. The British Psychological Society. In: , , , . The British Psychological Society, The Cognitive Psychology Bulletin (6) ISSN: 2397-2653 (Print), (doi: ).

Jenkins, Ryan , Tsermentseli, Stella, Monks, Claire, Robertson, David , Stevenage, Sarah , Symons, Ashleigh , Davis, Josh P. (2021), Are super-face-recognisers also super-voice-recognisers? Evidence from cross-modal identification tasks. Wiley. In: , , , . Wiley, Applied Cognitive Psychology, 35 (3) . pp. 590-605 ISSN: 0888-4080 (Print), 1099-0720 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1002/acp.3813).

Andreou, Eleni , Tsermentseli, Stella, Anastasiou, Olga, Kouklari, Evangelia-Chrysanthi (2020), Retrospective accounts of bullying victimization at school: Associations with post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms and post-traumatic growth among university students. Springer. In: , , , . Springer, Journal of Child & Adolescent Trauma, 14 (1) . pp. 9-18 ISSN: 1936-1521 (Print), 1936-153X (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1007/s40653-020-00302-4) NB Item availability restricted.

Tsermentseli, Stella and , Kouklari, Evangelia-Chrysanthi (2019), Impact of child factors on parenting stress of mothers of children with autism spectrum disorder and intellectual disability: a UK school-based study. Taylor & Francis. In: , , , . Taylor & Francis, Early Child Development and Care, 191 (10) . pp. 1555-1566 ISSN: 0300-4430 (Print), 1476-8275 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1080/03004430.2019.1658090).

Tsermentseli, Stella , Karipidis, Nikolaos, Samaras, Panagiotis, Thompson, Trevor (2018), Assessing the factorial structure of the internet addiction test in a sample of Greek adolescents. Ellinika Grammata. In: , , , . Ellinika Grammata, Hellenic Journal of Psychology, 15 (3) . pp. 274-288 ISSN: 1790-1391 (Print), (doi: ) NB Item availability restricted.

O'Toole, Sarah , Tsermentseli, Stella, Humayun, Sajid, Monks, Claire (2018), Cool and hot executive functions at 5-years-old as predictors of physical and relational aggression between 5- and 6-years-old. SAGE Publications. In: , , , . SAGE Publications, International Journal of Behavioral Development, 43 (2) . pp. 157-165 ISSN: 0165-0254 (Print), 1464-0651 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1177/0165025418798498).

Kouklari, E. C. , Monks, C. P., Tsermentseli, S. (2018), Everyday executive function and adaptive skills in children and adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder: Cross-sectional developmental trajectories. SAGE Publications. In: , , , . SAGE Publications, Autism & Developmental Language Impairments, 3 2396-9415 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1177/2396941518800775) NB Item availability restricted.

O'Toole, Sarah E. , Monks, Claire P., Tsermentseli, Stella, Rix, Katie (2018), The contribution of cool and hot executive function to academic achievement, learning-related behaviours, and classroom behaviour. Taylor & Francis. In: , , , . Taylor & Francis, Early Child Development and Care, 190 (6) . pp. 806-821 ISSN: 0300-4430 (Print), 1476-8275 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1080/03004430.2018.1494595) NB Item availability restricted.

Tsermentseli, Stella , Tabares, Jeannette Farago, Kouklari, Evangelia Chrysanthi (2018), The role of every-day executive function in social impairment and adaptive skills in Autism Spectrum Disorder with intellectual disability. Elsevier. In: , , , . Elsevier, Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, 53 . pp. 1-6 ISSN: 1750-9467 (Print), (doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.rasd.2018.05.006).

Kouklari, Evangelia-Chrysanthi , Tsermentseli, Stella, Monks, Claire P. (2018), Developmental trends of hot and cool executive function in school aged children with and without autism spectrum disorder: links with theory of mind. Cambridge University Press. In: , , , . Cambridge University Press, Development and Psychopathology, 31 (2) . pp. 541-556 ISSN: 0954-5794 (Print), 1469-2198 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1017/S0954579418000081).

Kouklari, Evangelia-Chrysanthi , Tsermentseli, Stella, Auyeung, Bonnie (2018), Executive function predicts theory of mind but not social verbal communication in school-aged children with autism spectrum disorder. Elsevier. In: , , , . Elsevier, Research in Developmental Disabilities, 76 . pp. 12-24 ISSN: 0891-4222 (Print), 1873-3379 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ridd.2018.02.015).

O'Toole, Sarah , Monks, Claire, Tsermentseli, Stella (2017), Associations between and development of cool and hot executive functions across early childhood. Wiley. In: , , , . Wiley, British Journal of Developmental Psychology, 36 (1) . pp. 142-148 ISSN: 0261-510X (Print), 2044-835X (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1111/bjdp.12226).

Kouklari, Evangelia-Chrysanthi , Tsermentseli, Stella, Monks, Claire P. (2017), Hot and cool executive function in children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorder: Cross-sectional developmental trajectories. Taylor & Francis. In: , , , . Taylor & Francis, Child Neuropsychology, 24 (8) . pp. 1088-1114 ISSN: 0929-7049 (Print), 1744-4136 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1080/09297049.2017.1391190).

Kouklari, Evangelia-Chrysanthi , Thompson, Trevor, Monks, Claire P., Tsermentseli, Stella (2017), Hot and cool executive function and its relation to theory of mind in children with and without autism spectrum disorder. Taylor & Francis. In: , , , . Taylor & Francis, Journal of Cognition and Development, 18 (4) . pp. 399-418 ISSN: 1524-8372 (Print), 1532-7647 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1080/15248372.2017.1339708).

O'Toole, Sarah E. , Monks, Claire, Tsermentseli, Stella (2017), Executive function and theory of mind as predictors of aggressive and prosocial behavior and peer acceptance in early childhood. Wiley. In: , , , . Wiley, Social Development, 26 (4) . pp. 907-920 ISSN: 0961-205X (Print), 1467-9507 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1111/sode.12231).

Thompson, Trevor , Oram, Charlotte, Correll, Christoph U., Tsermentseli, Stella , Stubbs, Brendon (2016), Analgesic effects of alcohol: A systematic review and meta-analysis of controlled experimental studies in healthy participants. Elsevier. In: , , , . Elsevier, The Journal of Pain, 18 (5) . pp. 499-510 ISSN: 1526-5900 (Print), 1528-8447 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jpain.2016.11.009).

Tsermentseli, Stella and , Poland, Sarah (2016), Cool versus hot executive function: a new approach to executive function. Encephalos Association. In: , , , . Encephalos Association, Encephalos, 53 (1) . pp. 11-14 ISSN: 0376-8783 (Print), (doi: http://www.encephalos.gr/pdf/53-1-02e.pdf).

Poland, Sarah E. , Monks, Claire P., Tsermentseli, Stella (2015), Cool and hot executive function as predictors of aggression in early childhood: Differentiating between the function and form of aggression. British Psychological Society. In: , , , . British Psychological Society, British Journal of Developmental Psychology, 34 (2) . pp. 181-197 ISSN: 0261-510X (Print), 2044-835X (Online) (doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/bjdp.12122) NB Item availability restricted.

Tsermentseli, Stella and , (2015), Syntactic processing as a marker for cognitive impairment in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Informa Healthcare. In: , , , . Informa Healthcare, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis and Frontotemporal Degeneration ISSN: 2167-8421 (Print), 2167-9223 (Online) (doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.3109/21678421.2015.1071397).