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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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.


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.


Wiktoria Wiatrowska

Research Associate

I graduated with BSc in Psychology from the University of East Anglia in 2020. In my third-year research project, I investigated relationships between creativity, academic preference, and autistic traits. I am now undertaking studies in Cognitive Neuroscience. For my MSc dissertation I worked on a new app that will aid stroke patients' rehabilitation. Currently I am a research associate working on a project with Animorph co-op funded by NIHR. In my free time, I enjoy reading, cycling, and learning about Korean culture, sustainability and climate change.


Emily Mason

Cognitive Neurscience MSc student

I am a current MSc Cognitive Neuroscience student at the University of East Anglia, with an interest in the brain and cognition. For my undergraduate dissertation project, I investigated how traits associated with autism influence the magnitude of the self-reference effect during the processing of scenes. For my MSc I am working on a visual search project looking at object graspability with Dr. Rossit and Dr. Malcolm. Upon completion of my MSc, I plan to complete a PhD in neuroscience, with the ultimate goal of obtaining work within a university. In my free time I enjoying reading, walking my dogs and learning about history. 

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Hannah Browning

Cognitive Neuroscience MSc student

I graduated from UEA with a degree in psychology. During my undergraduate degree I volunteered and did a summer internship with the neurolab. My dissertation looked at the efficacy of an at home, patient led spatial neglect rehabilitation for stroke patients (C-SIGHT). I am so pleased to be continuing with the lab for my cognitive neuroscience MSc. Further to my work in the neurolab, I have a special interest in limb differences, sensorimotor function and prosthetics.


Jekaterina Buinicka

Cognitive Neuroscience MSc student

I graduated with a degree in Psychology with a Year Abroad (Carleton University, Canada) from the University of East Anglia in 2021. For my third-year dissertation project, I explored the influences of cognitive bias on environmental judgements. Currently I am working towards a MSc in Cognitive Neuroscience and for my dissertation I am working on a series of single case studies assessing usability and efficacy of the EyeFocus app with Dr. Rossit, Animorph co-op and Prof. Evans (University of Glasgow). In my free time, I enjoy painting, running, and learning new languages!

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Emma Harris

Undergraduate dissertation student

I am a third year psychology student at the University of East Anglia. I am interested in the neurological aspects of psychology and in particular how technology can be used to aid in the rehabilitation of individuals and the role psychology could play in artificial intelligence. My dissertation focuses on the impact of neurodegenerative conditions on eye-hand coordination. On graduation I aim to further my studies by completing an MSc in Cognitive Neuroscience. When I am not studying, I enjoy walking my dogs and participating in the university cheerleading team.

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Niamh Parkinson

Undegraduate dissertation student

I have just finished the second year of my undergraduate psychology degree at the University of East Anglia. I am particularly interested in the effects of disease and injury on the brain and how these effect the cognitive processes. I recognise the importance of this learning to the development and application of new rehabilitation techniques. My dissertation focuses on the impact of neurodegenerative conditions on eye-hand coordination. After I graduate, I would like to continue my studies and undertake a master’s course in Cognitive Neuroscience and then complete a PhD. In my free time I enjoy participating in sports. At the moment I mostly play badminton.


Maximilian Havekost

Undegraduate dissertation student

I am a third year Psychology undergraduate at UEA. I am interested in the clinical psychology, and how one’s embodied cognition and cognition itself can play a major role in their behavioural functioning and well-being. That said, I am curious to whether one’s moral judgement (within a moral dilemma) changes when faced with embodied cognitive add-ons, and how this this displayed in a neurological domain. The importance of this learning may bring us closer insight to the relationship between passive and active cognitive processing, which may prove beneficial in explaining how certain behavioural outcomes came about from this understanding. When I graduate, I would like to wander more into the Health Psychology, and possibly work as a research assistant towards psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy. When I’m not on my laptop, I tend to read, cook, argue, and joke with my friends and do yoga.


Jenny Wilson

Undegraduate dissertation student

I am a third year Psychology undergraduate at the University of East Anglia. I am currently working on my dissertation project which focuses on spatial neglect and its impact on people's body representation. We are studying stroke survivors’ performance in our experiments and comparing these results to a group of participants that have not had strokes to gain deeper knowledge and understanding of the issues concerning body representation post-stroke. Other areas that interest me personally involve the investigation of neurodivergence: exploring behavioural, biological, and cognitive differences in neurodivergent individuals with conditions such as ASD, ADHD and OCD has always fascinated me. After I graduate, I aim to do an MSc specialising in my preferred area of interest. In my free time I enjoy going out with friends, painting, spending time in nature, and practising foreign languages.


Deanna Hollings

Undegraduate dissertation student

My dissertation is looking at body representations post-stroke.

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Pradhi Maindola

Undegraduate dissertation student

I am a third year Psychology student at the University of East Anglia. In my final year, I am currently working on a dissertation project which explores the different applications (apps) clinicians and stroke survivors use to help with vision and attention problems after stroke. My interests lie in Clinical Psychology and Clinical Neuropsychology; especially in the areas of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Complex-PTSD, and neurorehabilitation of brain damage/neurodegenerative disease (Stroke, Alzheimer, etc.) in patients. I would like to further develop my knowledge and understanding in these two areas in the future by undertaking master's course, and eventually, PhD. In my free time I enjoy watching thriller movies and foreign tv-shows, exploring various hobbies such as painting, piano, kickboxing (although I am not that good), and trying out new restaurants with my friends.

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Sara Jones

Undegraduate dissertation student

I am a third-year undergraduate reading cognitive psychology. For my dissertation project I am looking into spatial neglect rehabilitation in stroke survivors. Another area that interests me is the role of acquired synaesthesia as a compensation mechanism in later life blindness. After I have completed my undergraduate degree, I aim to continue my studies into a masters and PhD with the hopes of researching both developmental and acquired synaesthesia. In my free time I enjoy reading and spending time playing sports with my husband and our sons.

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Hassanatu Carew

Research Assistant

I am currently a third-year psychology student at the University of East Anglia. Last year (2020/2021) I undertook a placement year at a mental health support charity where I worked as a support worker who helped people experiencing mental health problems live independently and contribute to society. The clients I had had a range of mental health problems such as depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, bipolar, paranoia etc. During my placement, I gained an interest in neuroscience, especially in Dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, and brain disorders. My goal is to become a clinical neuroscientist! Aside from studying, I enjoy reading, and listening to music.


Paulina Broda

Research Assistant

I am currently a second-year psychology student at UEA. I'm interested in cognitive and forensic psychology, specifically in relation to neurodivergence and mental health.

Lab alumni

Postgraduate students:

  • 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:

  • 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)