Kostas Papageorgiou
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    Dr. Papageorgiou is a Lecturer in Developmental Psychopathology  at Queen’s University Belfast and an Associate Professor in Personality Psychology at Tomsk State University in Russia. Kostas lectures on the MSc course of Childhood Adversity in the School of Psychology at Queen’s and he supervises BSc, MSc, PhD, and Post-Graduate students’ research. He is also a member of the School of Psychology Management Board, Research Committee, Postgraduate Committe and Publicity and Social Media Committees.

    Kostas is the Director of the InteRRaCt Lab and an International Associate Member of InLab at Goldsmiths, and the Russian-British Behavioural Genetics Laboratory at the Psychological Institute of the Russian Academy of Education. He is also a member of the committee of the Special Interest Group in Paediatric Psychology of the Psychological Society of Ireland and a member of the International Society for Intelligence Research.

    In 2011, Kostas was awarded a European Marie Curie Fellowship to pursue a PhD (2011-2015) at the Centre for Brain and Cognitive Development at Birkbeck University of London. His doctoral thesis “Individual Differences in Infant Visual Attention: Links to Child Temperament, Behaviour and Genetic Variation” explored the genetics of visual attention in the first year of life; and the degree to which individual differences in newborns’ and infants’ visual attention predict variation in temperament, cognition and symptoms of psychopathology in childhood. Kostas conducted his MSc thesis in the InLab, under the supervision of Professor Kovas, exploring social (e.g. stereotype threat) and biological (e.g. prenatal testosterone) factors that contribute to sex differences in spatial and mathematical ability across development. In 2011, Kostas received an MSc degree in Cognitive and Clinical Neuroscience from Goldsmiths University of London, and a BSc degree in Psychology from Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences in 2009.   


    Dr. Papageorgiou teaches and supervises students on the MSc course Psychology of Childhood Adversity at Queen's University Belfast.


    Kostas is the convener of the Dissertation Module on the Psychology of Adversity Course at Queen's; and the convener of the  course “Interdisciplinary Study of Development I” in the International MSc in Human Development: Genetics, Neuroscience and Psychology at Tomsk State University.

    Before that, he was a Lecturer in Developmental Psychology (2014-2016) at London Metropolitan University, where he was delivering lectures, seminars and workshops on many UG and PG modules including, Cognitive and Developmental Psychology and Biological and Evolutionary Psychology. 

    Research Interests

    I use an interdisciplinary approach in my research, combining methods from diverse disciplines, including cognitive and developmental neuroscience, personality assessment and genetics. Specifically, I explore:

    • The contribution of non-cognitive factors to educational performance and psychopathology across development 
    • The aetiology of high performance across achivement contexts 
    • The interplay between parents' and children's personality and psychopathology and its contribution to biological measures of health and longevity such as, telomere lenght
    • Networks of personality and psychopathology with a particular focus on the relationship between Subclinical Narcissism and Mental Toughness
    • The link between visual attention, executive abilities and psychopathology across development

    My research findings often attract worlwide media attention including interviews for the BBC , dailymail and The Times    

    Research Methods 

    • Psychometrics/personality and cognitive assessment
    • Eye-Tracking
    • Genetics


    Fellowships and Awards

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

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



    Research Grants

    • Co-Investigator in the project: A feasibility study of the Attention Control Training (ACT) intervention amongst very preterm infants; funding: Enabling Research Award; Period: 2017-2018; PI: Dr Oliver Perra.
    • 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
    • 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)


     Additional Training


    • Supervising Research Students Training | Queen’s University Belfast, UK, 7/11/2017
    • 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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