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Professor Yulia Kovas – Co-Director
Yulia is Professor of Genetics and Psychology at Goldsmiths, and a visiting professor at several universities internationally. She directs InLab, and leads several large-scale studies.
Contact Yulia at: y.kovas (@gold.ac.uk)
Fatos Selita – Co-Director
Fatos is a Barrister of England and Wales and an Attorney of the State of New York and has directed AIR Courses since 2014. With training in Genetics and Psychology, Fatos’s work focuses on bridging science and law. Fatos has taught in several universities internationally.
Fatos has taught in several universities internationally. He is a founding member of The Accessible Genetics Consortium (TAGC), the founder of The UK Law and Society Association (UKLSA), and the Executive Publisher at Legal Issues Journal. Fatos was previously associated with the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL), and Goldberg Kohn, Chicago.
Fatos is also co-author of Oedipus Rex in the Genomic Era. Human Behaviour, Law and Society; and a co-developer of: MSc Human Development: Genetics, Neuroscience and Psychology. Contact Fatos at: Fatos.Selita(@gold.ac.uk)
Dr Teemu Toivainen – Strategic Head
Teemu is a Lecturer in Psychology. Teemu's research interests and teaching focuses on individual differences in different psychological constructs, such as creativity, cognitive abilities and personality.
Contact Teemu at: t.toivainen(@gold.ac.uk)
Dr Robert Chapman – Head of Promotion and Marketing
Robert is a Lecturer at the Department of Psychology. To contact Robert please email: Robert.Chapman(@gold.ac.uk)
Professor Alice Gregory
Alice is a Professor of Psychology at Goldsmiths. She has contributed to several diverse research areas, including the longitudinal associations between sleep and psychopathology, behavioural genetics, sleep paralysis and exploding head syndrome.
In addition to her scientific contributions she also excels in the public engagement of science. She has published a popular science book (Nodding Off, Bloomsbury, 2018) and has another book in development (Sleepy Pebble, Nobrow). She regularly contributes articles to the media and has had her work published in outlets including the Guardian, BBC Focus, GQ UK, Sud Ouest, Slate Fr, Independent.
Dr Ashok Jansari
Ashok is a Senior Lecturer who has been working in the field of neuropsychology for 25 years. He studied Experimental Psychology at King’s College, Cambridge followed by a doctorate at the University of Sussex.
He conducted his postdoctoral research fellowship at the University of Iowa in the United States working with Antonio Damasio and Ralph Adolphs. His major research concentrates on disorders of human memory, face recognition and executive functions. He has developed an ecologically-valid assessment of the latter known as JEF (the Jansari assessment of Executive Functions). In 2004 he was awarded the Cermak Award by the International Neuropsychological Society for his research in memory disorders.
Professor Alice Jones
Alice has directed the Unit for School and Family Studies at Goldsmiths since 2011. Her work uses inter-disciplinary methods to focus largely on school behaviour and mental health; understanding the influences on socio-emotional development and functioning across a child’s school life.
Alice has also built a portfolio of translational research, working with schools and third sector organisations to develop intervention strategies that work for students with complex and chronic difficulties. Alice is also the Editor in Chief of the British Journal of Educational Psychology.
Dr Madoka Kumashiro
Madoka is a personality and social psychologist whose primary research interest is in the areas of personal growth and well-being. Specifically, how do close relationships (e.g., family, friends, romantic partners) and other types of close interpersonal interactions (e.g., with managers, co-workers, mentors, social media network) influence personal growth, allow people to become closer to their ideal self, and motivate individuals to achieve their most important goals? And how does personality affect the ability to create an optimal environment for experiencing such personal growth? Finally, how do these processes then affect well-being?
Dr Evelyne Mercure
Evelyne is a lecturer in the department of psychology at Goldsmiths. She is interested in infant neurocognitive development and the role of early communicative experience in shaping this process.
She uses functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), event-related potentials (ERPs) and near infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) to investigate how the infant brain develops functional specialisation for social stimuli, such as language, human voices and faces. She also uses eye-tracking and behavioural methods to clarify links between brain and cognitive development in infancy.
Evelyne's most recent work has focused on bilingual infants as well as hearing infants with deaf mothers. Because of their language and communicative experience, these infants represent a unique opportunity of studying experience-dependent plasticity in early development.
Dr Adrian Scott
Adrian has a broad interest in Forensic Psychology, specialising in the areas of stalking, investigative interviewing and eyewitness testimony.
Dr Rebecca Chamberlain
Among the many skills that humans evolved to design their environments, art-making is among the oldest, far predating evidence of written communication. Rebecca’s research sets out to understand how and why individuals create and respond so powerfully to works of art.
Rebecca studied for a foundation degree in Art and Design at the University of the Arts, London before moving into cognitive science. She completed her undergraduate and postgraduate studies in Experimental Psychology at University College London researching the psychology and neuroscience of representational drawing ability, before joining Professor Johan Wagemans’ lab at KU Leuven in Belgium as a postdoctoral researcher in 2013. Rebecca joined Goldsmiths as a lecturer in 2017.
Professor Fiona Gabbert
Fiona is a Professor of Psychology and Director of the Forensic Psychology Unit at Goldsmiths. She also chairs the Scientific Committee of the International Investigative Interviewing Research Group (iIIRG), and acts as Associate Editor for the academic journal 'Memory.'
Fiona has an international reputation for her research on the suggestibility of memory and investigative interviewing, that has had an international impact on police operational procedure and policy. She is currently working with the United Nations advising on the development of a Universal Protocol on investigative interviewing. Her work has been recognised by awards for Academic Excellence, Mid-Career Excellence, and Public Engagement.
Other tutors include Dr Natalia Murray and Carlos Salas as well as a team of visiting experts.