Meet the Lab

Lab Director

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Andria Shimi

Andria is a faculty member at the Department of Psychology at the University of Cyprus and directs the MADLab.

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PhD students

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Christos Gkoumas

Christos graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Panteion University of Athens in 2013. In 2016, he got his M.Sc. degree in Cognitive Neuroscience from the Medical School of Athens/Montreal Neurological Institute, McGill University. During the second year of his master’s he did his research internship at the Sensorimotor Control Lab of the University Mental Health Research Institute in Athens and worked towards his thesis which was related to computational cognitive modelling of decision making processes in typical and atypical populations, using behavioral and neuroimaging techniques. In 2017, he spent 6 months at the Motivation and Memory Lab at Cardiff University Brain Research Imaging Centre as an Erasmus+ Trainee where he developed a novel paradigm to examine the neurocognitive effects of curiosity on learning and memory in naturalistic virtual environments, under the supervision of Dr Matthias Gruber. In 2018, he secured a Junior Researcher position at RISE LTD and became a member of the “VR for Well-Being” Multidisciplinary Research Group, dedicating most of his time in the development of immersive applications for upper and lower limb motor rehabilitation. Since September 2019, he is a Marie Skłodowska-Curie PhD Fellow at Silversky 3D Virtual Reality Technologies which is part of Neo-Prism-C Innovative Training Network, supervised by Prof. Marios Avraamides. He is also studying towards a PhD in Psychology at the Department of Psychology of the University of Cyprus, under the supervision of Dr Andria Shimi.

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Anastasios Petrou

Anastasios is a PhD student in Clinical Psychology. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Cyprus in 2018, obtaining the grade ‘Excellent with Distinction’ and was awarded the First prize given by the President of the Republic of Cyprus, as the first student with the highest grade of all academic faculties. He also received the First prize award for “Excellence in the Social Sciences” and the “Department of Psychology Award”. He holds an MSc in Child and Adolescent Mental Health with the overall grade “Distinction” from the King’s College London (KCL), earning scholarships from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience of KCL, the A. G. Leventis Foundation and the Cyprus State Scholarship Foundation. During his studies, he participated in the “Erasmus Placement” program, gaining clinical experience as an assistant psychologist in youth support centres and drug-addiction units in psychiatric hospitals in Athens and Thessaloniki. He also completed a clinical internship in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) at NHS London and worked as a school associate, providing psychological support and workshops to schools in Cyprus. He was involved as a research assistant in university research programs and worked as a researcher, supporting the implementation of international research projects in collaboration with UNICEF and Interpeace. His research interests include the evaluation and treatment of neurodevelopmental disorders and externalizing problems in childhood, focusing on Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), and the study of cognitive processes in typical and atypical populations. For his PhD thesis, Anastasios will explore the differences in the cognitive profiles between children with ADHD and those with genetic syndromes (e.g. Down Syndrome).

MA students

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Sophia Peletie

Sophia is a graduate student in the Master’s program of School Psychology. She holds a Bachelor degree in Psychology from the University of Cyprus and she is broadly interested in cognitive development in typically and atypically developing children. For her MA thesis, Sophia is examining how distraction in the classroom impacts children’s memory. 

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Dionysia Marti

Dionysia is a graduate student in the Master’s program of School Psychology. She holds a Bachelor degree in Psychology from the University of Cyprus and loves working with children. For her MA thesis, Dionysia is examining the effects of long-term representations on visual short-term memory over development.

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Antonis Papantoniou

Antonis graduated with honors from the Department of Psychology of the University of Cyprus in 2020. During his undergraduate studies, he spent a semester at the University of Leuven in Belgium, as an Erasmus student, where he developed a special interest in the Philosophy and Psychology of Education. He is currently a graduate student in the Master’s program of School Psychology at the University of Cyprus and his research interests include the interaction between Cognitive and Applied Psychology as well as the examination of the role that executive functions have in everyday life.

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Nicholas Pamboris

Nicholas graduated with a bachelor’s degree from the University of Edinburgh in 2021. His internships in private schools and private psychological institutions have fueled his interest in working with children and Nicholas believes that efficient psychological interventions can enhance the life trajectory of a child. Engaging with research encompassing executive functions, memory, and social cognition have allowed him to acknowledge the ubiquitous nature of cognitive mechanisms and how unfolding those mechanisms can assist to comprehend atypical neurodevelopmental trajectories.

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Christina Charalambidou

Christina is a graduate student in the Master’s program of School Psychology and holds a BSc degree in Psychology from the University of Cyprus. For her MA thesis, Christina is studying the cognitive profile of individuals with mental retardation.

Special Research Scientists

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Anna Papantoni

Anna is a Counselling Psychologist and works as a Special Scientist at MADLab. She holds a BA degree in Psychology from the University of Cyprus (2011) and a degree in Business Administration from the Cooperative State University of Heilbronn in Germany (2017) funded by Lidl Stiftung & Co.KG, Germany. During her studies in Germany, she was trained as an Area Manager and she researched employee satisfaction and workplace motivation. She also completed a 3-year MSc degree in Counselling Psychology at Neapolis University Paphos (2020). During the last year of her postgraduate studies, she worked as a trainee Counselling Psychologist at the Counselling Center of Neapolis University and the Counselling Center Ithaki (Kenthea), while for her MSc thesis she examined the relationship between work-related stress, substance abuse, and resilience. Before joining MADLab, Anna worked as a Special Scientist (administrative support) at the UCY Center for Applied Neuroscience and as a researcher at the Experimental Psychology Lab at the University of Cyprus.