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Vasilena Stefanova


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Research Statement

I completed my BSc in Psychology and MSc in Research Methods of Psychological Science at the University of Glasgow. The focus of my Master's thesis was the pseudohomophone effect in written word processing in English and during this time I gained experience in the use of eye-tracking equipment (SR Research EyeLink II), as well as in the use of linguistic copora and advanced statistical modelling techniques e.g. non-linear curve fitting, mixed effects modelling of response times.

The title of my PhD project is 'Navigating the leaky pipeline: The impact of parenting stereotypes on career progression in academia' and aims to address the consistent underrepresentation of females in academic leadership. My project investigates the implicit and explicit stereotypes against parents and individuals with caregiving responsibilities, as well as the impact that these biases have on career progression of women and men in academic settings. Additionally, it aims to assess the extent to which leave-taking due to caregiving-related reasons reinforces parenting stereotypes for women and men and how parental status impacts hiring and promotion decisions in academia.

Research Interests

Implicit and Explicit bias

The role of stereotypes

Parenting and gender roles

Promotion and hiring in academia

Social interaction

Language processing


Vacation Scholarship awarded by Medical Research Scotland for my research project titled ‘The pseudohomophone effect in written word processing: an eye tracking investigation’ (Grant reference: Vac-979-216), June - August 2016


Technical skills

- Confident in use of various statistical packages and programming languages for data analysis: R, Matlab, SPSS
- Skilled in use of software tools for computerised experiment design and data collection: DMDX, E-Prime
- Extensive experience in use of head-mounted and desk-mounted eye tracker devices by SR Research EyeLink


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