Andria Shimi

Lab director

I am a Developmental Cognitive Neuroscientist and a Licensed School Psychologist, specialized in cognitive and brain development and in neurodevelopmental disorders. I obtained my BSc degree in Psychology from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens in 2003. In 2007, I completed a 3-year MA degree in School Psychology at the University of Cyprus. During the last year of my graduate training I worked as a trainee School Psychologist at the Educational Psychology Services of the Ministry of Education and Culture in Cyprus in fulfilment of my clinical internship’s requirements. In 2008, I read for an MSc in Psychological Research at the University of Oxford before embarking on a 4-year DPhil program at the University of Oxford. My PhD research, completed in 2012 under the supervision of Prof. Gaia Scerif and in close collaboration with Prof. Kia Nobre, focused on the neurocognitive correlates of attentional control and visual working memory from early childhood until adulthood, studied with behavioral and neuroimaging measures. During the last year of my PhD research, I spent some time in New York at the Sackler Institute for Developmental Psychobiology of Cornell University working with Prof. BJ Casey. Following my doctorate, I worked as a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Medical Research Council, Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit at the University of Cambridge with Dr. Duncan Astle for a year. Subsequently, in 2013 I headed back to the University of Oxford where I worked as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Attention, Brain, & Cognitive Development lab for 3 years. I spent summer of 2016 at the University of Edinburgh collaborating on research with Prof. Robert Logie before joining the Cyprus Institute of Neurology and Genetics as a Marie Skłodowska-Curie fellow for 2 years. Since September 2018, I am based at the Department of Psychology at the University of Cyprus as a faculty member. Click here for my departmental profile page.

Research Interests

Typical neurocognitive development of attention and working memory

Atypical neurocognitive development of attention and working memory 

Influences of attention and working memory on learning and individual differences,  and mental health

Molecular pathways involved in executive functions


DPhil in Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience

2008 – 2012

University of Oxford

MSc in Psychological Research

2007 – 2008

University of Oxford

MA in School Psychology (clinical training)

2004 – 2007

University of Cyprus

BSc in Psychology

1999 – 2003

National and Kapodestrian University of Athens