TSOTSI Stella

Designation
Research Scientist

Department
Office of Education Research (OER)

Office Location
NIE5-B3-12

Education
PhD (Aristotle University, Thessaloniki, Greece), MSc (University of Leiden, Leiden, The Netherlands), BSc (Aristotle University, Thessaloniki, Greece)

Email
stella.tsotsi@nie.edu.sg

Office Telephone Number
62196254

Research Interests
Child and Adolescent Psychopathology, Early Intervention, Emotion Regulation, Executive Functions, Transgenerational Transmission of Mental Health Issues

  • Current Appointment

    • Research Scientist, Centre for Research in Child Development (2018 - present)

    Previous Appointment

    • Post-doctoral Research Fellow; Neurodevelopment Research Centre, Singapore Institute for Clinical Sciences, Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) (Aug 2014 – Mar 2018)
    • Research Associate; Neuropsychology, 1st Psychiatry Clinic, School of Medicine, Aristotle University, Thessaloniki, Greece (Mar 2010 – Jun 2014)
    • Instructor; Clinical Training Program in Mental Health, 1st Psychiatry Clinic-GPH Papageorgiou, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki, Greece (Oct 2011 - Jun 2012)
    • Part-time Teaching Fellow; School of Psychology, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki, Greece (Jan 2011 - Dec 2012)
    • Adjunct Part-Time Lecturer; City College, International Faculty of the University of Sheffield, Thessaloniki, Greece (Jan 2010 - Sep 2012)
    • Research Assistant, Marie Curie Reintegration Grant Post-doctoral Fellowship entitled, Development of Culturally Appropriate Neuropsychological Tests for the Greek Population, School of Psychology, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece (Nov 2009 - Sep 2011)
    • Research Assistant, Pythagoras II-Reinforcement of University Research Teams grant entitled, Brain and Social Cognition: Neurocognitive Mechanisms, School of Psychology, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece (Nov 2005 - Apr 2006)

    Introduction

    I am primarily interested in neurocognitive and emotional risk factors that may make children and adolescents more susceptible to developing psychopathology. These risk factors involve: 1) child neurocognitive factors such as executive functions; 2) child emotional factors, such as emotion regulation and temperament; 3) parental factors, such as mental health issues and aspects of parenting (transgenerational transmission of mental health issues). I am also interested in devising and implementing early interventions to assist the more cognitively disadvantaged children in buffering the risk. I am a trained clinical neuropsychologist and also have research experience working in large multidisciplinary cohort studies focusing on the above-mentioned research interests.

    • Emotion regulation
    • Executive functions
    • Child and adolescent psychopathology
    • Neuropsychology of mental health problems
    • Randomized controlled trials

    • Full Member of the International Neuropsychological Society
    • Full Member of the Hellenic Psychological Society, Division of Neuropsychology

  • (1) Graduate Level

     Course Code  Course Title  Year(s) Taught 
     MSE915
     Assessment of Children and Youth with Special Needs
     January 2019 Semester
     SR823
     Brain, Body & Cognition
     January 2019 Semester
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     

    • Emotion regulation
    • Executive functions
    • Child and adolescent psychopathology
    • Transgenerational transmission of mental health issues
    • Neuropsychology of mental health problems

    • Best poster prize. Poster presented at the 2nd Academic Psychiatry Symposium (Department of Psychiatric Medicine, National University of Singapore; Singapore, September 25, 2014). Tsotsi S., Abdulla N., Chen L., Chong Y-P., Richmond, J., Saw S-M., Kwek K., Gluckman P.D., Meaney M.J., Holbrook J.D., Karnani N., Rifkin-Graboi, A. Fetal DNA methylation of cortisol-related genes and infant neurobehavior at 6 months: the role of antenatal maternal anxiety.
    • Best poster prize. Poster presented at the 2nd International Congress on Neurobiology, Psychopharmacology and Treatment Guidance (Hellenic Psychiatry Association in collaboration with School of Medicine, Aristotle University; Thessaloniki, Greece, November 24-27, 2011). Bozikas V.P., Dardagani A., Dittopoulos I., Tsotsi S., Lagoudis A., Fokas K. A longitudinal evaluation of neuropsychological findings in 1st psychotic episode patients: A six-month follow-up.
    Research Training Awards
    • Fellow at the Social Cognitive Neuroscience International Summer School – International School of Advanced Studies (SISSA; Trieste, Italy, July 15-28, 2013)
    • Fellow at the “Pathology and Genetics of Human Cognition” course – Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (Lebanon, New Hampshire, U.S.A., April 9-13, 2012)
    • Fellow at the Visceral Mind Summer School – University of Bangor (Bangor, Wales, U.K., September 5-9, 2011)