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Dr. Stephanie Rossit

Associate Professor & Lab PI

I grew up in Portugal and graduated in Psychology from the University of the Algarve (Portugal). I did my Ph.D. at the University of Glasgow investigating stroke patients who suffered from visual neglect. After my Ph.D. I undertook a post-doctoral research position at the Brain and Mind Institute at the Western University (London, Ontario, Canada) using functional magnetic resonance imaging to study perception and action. I joined the University of East Anglia (UEA) in 2013. In my free time, I enjoy running and sci-fi movies and novels. If you are interested in research opportunities in my lab, please get in touch!


Helen Morse

Stroke Association Postgraduate Fellow

I graduated with a degree in Psychology in 2016 from Plymouth University. During my undergraduate course I investigated neural processes underlying visual mental imagery using ERPs and during my MSc Cognitive Neuroscience I studied how visuomotor feedback training affects perception, attentional processing and mental imagery in healthy individuals. I have been awarded a Stroke Association PhD fellowship to continue this work with Stephanie, Prof. Pomeroy and Dr. Allan Clark.


Annie Warman

PhD candidate, School of Psychology

I graduated with a degree in Psychology from the University of Hull in July 2018. During my undergraduate degree, I investigated individual differences in the integration of speech and gesture and developed a strong interest in neuropsychology and research. I completed my Masters in Cognitive Neuroscience with Dr Rossit in 2020 investigating visuomotor functioning in Alzheimer’s Disease and Mild Cognitive Impairment. I am now working towards my PhD with Stephanie and Dr Fraser Smith investigating how perception and action interact in the brain using fMRI and behavioural studies. In my spare time, I enjoy running, jigsaws and am a lover of live music.

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Hannah Browning

PhD Candidate, School of Psychology

I graduated with a degree in Psychology and an MSc in Cognitive Neuroscience from the UEA in 2022. I had the privilege of working on the C-SIGHT trial for both my undergraduate and MSc projects. During my MSc I looked at how a stroke can affect body representation and the relationship this has with motor recovery. This year I was awarded a Psychology PhD studentship to research how motor experience can change the cortical representations of 3D tools. I will be using eye tracking, fMRI and EEG to investigate this in both healthy individuals and people who were born without a hand. We will be working collaboratively with the limb difference charities REACH and Blesma throughout the project.


Emily Mason

PhD candidate, School of Psychology

I graduated with a BSc in psychology from UEA in 2021, and an MSc in cognitive neuroscience in 2022. During my undergraduate dissertation, with Dr George Malcolm, I examined how ASD traits influence self-referential processing of scenes. I joined the Neurolab in 2020 as a 3rd-year undergraduate research assistant, looking at how facial palsy affects cognition, and experiences of pain and fatigue. In 2021, I was awarded a UEA School of Psychology scholarship, to fund my MSc. During the completion of my MSc project with Dr Stephanie Rossit, I used eye-tracking to investigate how attention is influenced by object graspability during visual search. Earlier this year, I was awarded a UEA School Of Psychology PhD studentship to work with Dr Mintao Zhao (The Person and Space Perception Lab) and Dr Stephanie Rossit. Inspired by my time as a research assistant, I will use behavioural and EEG methods to investigate how facial palsy influences emotion and face processing. In my free time, I enjoy reading, walking my dogs, and attempting to write a novel.


Petar Stermsek

DClinPsy student, Medical School

I graduated with a degree in psychology from the University of East Anglia (UEA) in 2016. Following this, I worked as an assistant psychologist in a neuro-rehabilitation setting working closely with Stroke survivors and their families, in both acute and community settings. I also have experience working as a researcher for Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and as an assistant psychologist in an inpatient child and adolescent eating disorders unit. I am currently completing a Clinical Doctorate in Psychology with my thesis project supporting the C-Sight trial. In my free time, I enjoy making music, listening to audiobooks and playing squash with my friends.

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Andreas Michaelides

DClinPsy student, Medical School

I graduated with a degree in Psychology from Swansea University in 2017. For my undergraduate dissertation I investigated the relationship between bilingualism and inhibitory control. During my postgraduate studies I carried out research at a stroke unit examining the effects of pre-morbid mental health on psychological adjustment post-stroke. I am now working with Stephanie on the c-SIGHT trial as part of my DClinPsy in the MED school at UEA.


Rebecca Christmas

MSc. Cognitive Neuroscience student

I am a current MSc Cognitive Neuroscience student at the University of East Anglia. During my undergraduate, also at UEA, I completed a dissertation associating the factors of criminal thinking, ADHD, and dyslexia. However, decided I wanted to specialise in the neuroscience domain within psychology. I am particularly interested in the functional recovery of individuals with both acquired and traumatic brain injuries, and hope to carry this interest on into a career. 


Thomas Hunter

Undergraduate dissertation student

I am a third-year Psychology undergraduate at UEA. My areas of interest are difficulties with attention, sleep, and mental health.  I aim to use my degree and experience to facilitate the creation and use of novel interventions and treatments to enhance clients' quality of life. Additionally, I work within a mental health crisis setting where I co-produce safety plans with clients and aim to deescalate their crisis presentations. In my spare time, I enjoy trying out new vegan restaurants and I am currently trying to learn how to knit. 


Piotr Barc

Undergraduate dissertation student

I am a third-year undergraduate Psychology student at the University of East Anglia. My key area of interest is clinical neuropsychology, focusing on how cognition operates along the neural architecture of the brain, and how disease and damage can impair how these systems operate, producing the variety of disorders we see people face today. My third-year dissertation will be focusing on graspability of objects and how it interacts with attention, with further considerations in the clinical and commercial implications of this interaction. After finishing my studies I'd like to pursue a MSc in applied neuropsychology or in cognitive neuroscience, after which I aim to undertake a ClinPsyD and attain my goal of becoming a clinical psychologist, with a focus in neuropsychology. In my free time I enjoy reading, cooking, going to the gym and attempting to learn the bass with my lack of musical talent.


Alice Watson

Undergraduate dissertation student

I am a third year Psychology undergraduate student at the University of East Anglia. My interests include a wide range of different aspects in psychology but particularly cognition and neurological elements. I am interested in neurodegenerative disorders, stroke patients and the impact of other brain trauma and rehabilitation processes. I am also interested in clinical neuropsychology and completed work experience with the neuropsychology team at Cambridge University Hospital which sparked my interest even further! When I’m not studying I love spending time with my friends, cooking, watching movies and participating in my cheerleading team!


Becca Cobbold

Undergraduate dissertation student

I am currently in my third year of my Cognitive Psychology BSc degree. This year I will be studying brain and cognition, mental health, Clinical neuropsychology, and social and emotional brain modules. My third-year research project will be based on body representation and how it may be affected by aging and stroke. In my free time I enjoy reading, crocheting, the gym, and spending time outdoors! 


Ava Redston

Undergraduate dissertation student

I am a third year undergraduate cognitive psychology student. I am interested in understanding body representation and developing interventions to aid in the rehabilitation of stroke survivors suffering from deficits in motor control such as spasticity and weakness. After completing my undergraduate degree, I aim to progress into a masters in cognitive neuropsychology. In my free time I enjoy going to the gym and socialising with friends. 


Sevdalina Dimova

Undergraduate dissertation student

I started my BSc Cognitive Psychology with Placement year degree in 2019 and am now in final year. My research interests are development, memory, perception, brain injuries, degenerative processes in the brain, and developmental disorders.

As part of my placement in 2021, I worked on the AI based International Anticholinergic Cognitive Tool (IACT) and implemented research skills to showcase the link between anticholinergic drug use and development of Dementia in older adults. I became a volunteer at Parkinson’s UK in 2020 and am still part of the community.

I often do volunteer or otherwise work with children, elderly people, and/or animals. During my high school years, I often spent my summer vacations helping at Adgor Horse base (a beautiful mountainside place in Bulgaria) where I took care of horses and other animals, preformed cleaning duties, and looked after children. I recently got recruited at the Eye Level institute in Norwich as an assistant and am still involved with the UEA School of Medicine and will soon start working on other research projects. I love research that aims to improve quality of life and keeps a balance between objectivity and viewing people as individuals, and I hope to pursue a career in charity work.


Luiza Asavoaei

Undergraduate dissertation student

I'm Luiza Asavoaei and I'm currently doing my 3rd year undergraduate course of Psychology. Along my degree, I've discovered a passion towards Neuropsychology. At the end of my 2nd year, I got a summer internship with Fraser Smith which focused on emotion processing using eye-tracking. This semester I am doing Magical Visual World as well as Developmental Science in Action and in the 2nd semester I will be doing Clinical Neuropsychology and the Social and Emotional Brain.


Francesca Amato

Research Assistant

I am currently a third year psychology student at UEA. My main interests are in cognitive and neurological aspects of psychology, specifically how brain function is affected by trauma and disease. My current third year project aims to analyse the reorganisation of memory in non-pathological ageing. In the future, I hope to complete a masters in cognitive neuropsychology, and ultimately work closely with stroke patients in order to aid the development of rehabilitation methods. In my spare time I like reading, listening to music and socialising with my friends!


Lydia Darnton

Research Assistant

Hi, I’m Lydia and I am a final year Psychology student at UEA predicting a high class grade. I am ambitious, resourceful and empathetic with a desire to study a Clinical Psychology master’s degree in September 2023 to develop my academic skills. I am very happy to be a part of the NeuroLab team because it is an opportunity to take on high levels of responsibility and work with likeminded individuals in such an important field of research.


Hannah Clarke

Research Assistant

I am a second-year psychology undergraduate student at UEA. My main interest is in clinical neuropsychology, in particular the neural basis of disorders and how different diseases and trauma can alter functioning. After my BSc Psychology Degree, I aim to complete a masters in cognitive neuroscience and then progress towards a career in clinical psychology. When I’m not studying, I enjoy reading, cooking, and learning British Sign Language.

Lab alumni

Postgraduate students:

  • Hannah Browning, MSc. [now a PhD student at Neurolab]

  • Emily Mason, MSc. [now a PhD student with Dr. Mintao Zhao, UEA]

  • Jekaterina Buinicka, MSc.

  • Skye Hadwin-Purkayasta, MSc.

  • Harry Evans, MSc.

  • Wiktoria Wiatrowska, MSc

  • Elise Kenning, MSc

  • Laura Williamson, MSc

  • Rebecca Shapland, MSc [now a MED student]

  • Ethan Knights, UG, MSc & PhD [now a post-doctoral researcher with Rik Henson at MRC-CBU]

  • Amy Jolly, UG & MSc [now a PhD student with Prof. Hugh Markus at the University of Cambridge]

  • Diana Tonin, PhD [now a research assistant for Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation · Strategy Risk and Research]

  • Nedislav Petrunov, MSc.

  • Holly Weaver, MSc. [now research executive at GfK, London]

  • Emma Watkinson-Aspinall, PhD (2nd supervisor)

  • Rachel Lambert, MSc. [completed PhD student with Dr. Renoult]

  • Michelle Weedon, MSc.

  • Jennifer Campbell, Visiting research student from Western University (Canada, 2016)

  • Marianne Piano, Visiting PhD student from Vision Sciences, Glasgow Caledonian University (2014)

Undergraduate students/RAs:

  • Maximilian Havekost, UEA (21-22)

  • Jenny Wilson, UEA (21-22)

  • Deanna Hollings, UEA (21-22)

  • Emma Harris, UEA (21-22)

  • Niamh Parkinson, UEA (21-22)

  • Pradhi Mandiola, UEA (21-22)

  • Bethany Morton, UEA (20-21)

  • Greta Vangerow, UEA (20-21)

  • Courtney Mansfield, UEA (18-19) [now a 1+3 PGR student with Dr. Smith]

  • Zoe Withers, Psychology, UEA (17-18)

  • Charlotte Morley, Psychology, UEA (17-18)

  • Catherine Stallard, Psychology, UEA (17-18)

  • Celine Bodart, Psychology, UEA (17-18)

  • Katrina Leyden, Psychology, UEA (17-18)

  • Sarah Williams-Lamin, Psychology, UEA (17-18)

  • Alicia Jauffret, Psychology, UEA (16-17)

  • Sam Knights, Psychology, UEA (16-17)

  • Henrik Prenzlin, Psychology, UEA (16-17)

  • Maggie Fraser, Psychology, UEA (15-16)

  • Nicola Fox, Psychology, UEA (14-15)

  • Beth Bareham, Psychology, UEA (14-15)

  • Fiona Sterne, Psychology, UEA (13-14)

  • Kim Featherstone, Psychology, UEA (13-14)

  • Evey Simpson, Psychology, UEA (13-14)

  • Harriette Watts, Psychology, UEA (13-14)

  • Gillian Bleakley, Vision Sciences, GCU (12-13)

  • Adele Milton, Vision Sciences, GCU (12-13)

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