Kostas Papageorgiou

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      I was born and raised in Larissa in central Greece. I moved to Athens in 2005 and I was awarded a BSc degree in Psychology from Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences in 2009. I moved to London in 2010 to pursue an MSc degree (2010-2011) in Cognitive and Clinical Neuroscience at Goldsmiths University of London. I conducted my MSc thesis in the InLab under the supervision of Professor Kovas, exploring different hypotheses--such as socialization, stereotype, and testosterone explanations--of sex differences in spatial and mathematical ability. In 2011, I was awarded a European Marie Curie fellowship, which gave me the opportunity to pursue a PhD (2011-2015) at the Centre for Brain and Cognitive Development, Birkbeck University of London. My PhD research investigated the genetic makeup of the attentional system in infancy and its association with temperament, symptoms of psychopathology and cognition throughout childhood. In 2014, I started a lectureship at London Metropolitan University (2014-2016), where I taught genetics and developmental psychology and I supervised BSc and MSc students’ research. From September 2016, I am a Lecturer in Developmental Psychopathology at Queen’s University Belfast and an Associate Professor, Chair of Personality Psychology at Tomsk State University, Russia.


      At Queen's University Belfast I teach and supervise students on two postgraduate courses:

      1. MSc Atypical Child Development 

      2. MSc Psychology of Childhood Adversity


      I am also the convenor and I teach on the module of Interdisciplinary Study of Development I in the International MSc Human Development: Genetics, Neuroscience and Psychology at Tomsk University, Russia


      Previously, I have delivered lectures, seminars and workshops on both UG and PG courses at London Metropolitan University, including:

      Foundation Degree in Psychology

      UG Psychology for Graduates by Distance Learning

      UG Biological and Experimental Psychology

      UG Biological and Evolutionary Psychology

      UG Cognitive and Developmental Psychology

      UG Cognitive and Developmental Psychology 2

      UG Applied Social and Developmental Psychology

      MSc Applied Psychology

      MSc Health Psychology

      MSc Cognitive and Developmental Psychology

      Research Interests

      I use an interdisciplinary approach in my research, combining diverse disciplines, including cognitive and developmental neuroscience, personality assessment and genetics. Specifically I am interested in exploring:

      • Prenatal influences on infants visual attention and its links to later symptoms of psychopathology, temperament and cognition
      • Individual differences in personality in relation to cognitive traits
      • Genetics of Education
      • Genetic and environmental basis of variation in cognition
      • Aetiology of high cognitive ability

      Research Methods

      • Eye-tracking
      • Molecular genetics (candidate genes, Genome-Wide Association, Polygenic Risk Score analyses)
      • Psychometrics/personality and cognitive assessment

      Achievements and Distinctions

      Fellowships and Awards

      Greek State Scholarships Foundation Award: Undergraduate scholarship as one of the three top students in class (academic year 2006-2007; 1,500 Euros)

      Marie Curie Doctoral Fellowship (2011-2014;Tuition fees plus £41,000 per annum)


      Research and Travel Grants

      • Co-Investigator in the project:The structure of spatial abilities and their links with academic success; Funding: The Tomsk State University competitiveness improvement programme grant №; Period: 2017; PI: Professor Yulia Kovas; Funding: £26,287
      • Travel Award to attend and present to the 2017 Annual Conference of the International Society for Intelligence Research (ISIR). Montreal, Canada, 14th – 16th July 2017. Amount: £1,500. Funding Source: Visit Belfast 
      • Travel grant to give the opportunity to attend and present to the 2016 Annual Conference of the International Society for Intelligence Research (ISIR). St. Petersburg, Russia, 15th – 17th July 2016. Role: Principal Applicant Amount: $1,000 Funding Body: International Society for Intelligence Research
      • Co-Investigator in the project: Genetically Informative Longitudinal Investigation of Early Mental Development of Children; Funding: 2014-2016, 30M roubles; PI: Prof. Yulia Kovas; Institution: Tomsk State University; Competition: Scientific Investigations by International Scientific Groups; Grant Awarded: September, 2014
      • PI in Early Career Exploratory Research Grant (awarded August 2014) to support the applicant’s travel expenses to the Psychological institute of the Russian Academy of Education (Moscow, Russia). The visits aimed at enhancing international research collaborations and joint grant applications. Total Amount: £1,200
      • PI in research grant application (awarded 21 of May 2012) to the Marie Curie Initial Training Networks in order to cover the expenses of the Genetic Associations in Newborn Attention project. The project was conducted as part of an international collaboration between Birkbeck University of London, the University of Padua and Monfalcone hospital in Trieste, Italy. Total Amount: £13,332 (+ £2,000 additional funding awarded in December 2013)
      • Travel award to attend the international workshop on statistical genetics for human complex traits. Boulder, Colorado, US 4th - 8th March 2013. Role: Principal Applicant Amount: $2,000 Funding Body: EC Marie Curie initial training networks
      • Travel award to attend the MRC-SGDP summer school "Analysis of genetic association studies". Social Genetic Developmental Psychiatry Centre, King’s College, London, 18th -22nd June 2012. Role: Principal Applicant Amount: £700, 00 Funding Body: EC Marie Curie initial training networks
      • Travel award  (awarded September 2011) to the International Society for Intelligence Research aimed to give the opportunity to present my MSc thesis to the 12th Annual Conference of the International Society for Intelligence Research (ISIR). Cyprus, 8 – 10 December 2011. Total Amount: $650, 00


       Additional Training


      • Human Tissue Act Seminar | Queen’s University Belfast, UK, 15/05/2017
      • Creating the 7 secrets of highly successful PhD students | Queen’s University Belfast, UK, 30/01/2017

      2014 – 2016

      • Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching (PGCert) | London Metropolitan University (Successfully completed the DTFL and MAF)
      • Training Course: Conducting research in industry and academia. Proctor & Gamble, Frankfurt, Germany 10-14/03/2014

       2013 – 2014

      • Training Course: fMRI Marie Curie training course, Centre for Brain and Cognitive Development, Birkbeck University. London, UK, 04-06/09/2013
      • Lab Training: Medical Genetics lab, Burlo Garofolo hospital. Trieste, Italy, 21- 25/10/2013
      • Training Course: Behavioural and Molecular Genetics Marie Curie training course, Centre for Brain and Cognitive Development, Birkbeck University London, UK, 16-18/09/2013
      • Workshop: International workshop on statistical genetic methods for human complex traits, University of Colorado. Boulder Colorado, USA, 04-08/03/2013

       2012 – 2013

      • Training Course: Near InfraRed Spectroscopy Marie Curie training course, Birkbeck University. London, UK, 25-26/10/2012
      • Summer school: MRC-SGDP summer school on analysis of genetic association studies, SGDP center, King’s College. London, UK, 18 – 22/06/2012
      • Training Course: EEG/ERP Marie Curie training course, Central European Centre of Cognitive Development. Budapest, Hungary, 21-25/05/2012
      • Seminar: Future of Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience seminar, UCL Centre for Developmental and Cognitive Neuroscience. London, UK, 28/04/2012
      • Training Course: Eye-tracking Marie Curie training course, University of Padua. Padua, Italy, 16-20/04/2012
      • Workshop: Career development and attention-learning workshop, Birkbeck University. London, UK, 23/01/2012
      • Training Course: Matlab training, Birkbeck University. London, 17th November 2011 – 15th December 2011

       2011 – 2012

      • Seminar: Advanced research method seminar, Birkbeck University. London, 27-28/10/2011
      • Workshop: The emerging social Brain, UCL Centre for Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience. London, 06/10/2011

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