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Dr Lilia Psalta

LECTURER IN PSYCHOLOGY AND COURSE LEADER OF MSC FORENSIC PSYCHOLOGY


LPsalta@uclan.ac.uk

+357 24694103

Qualifications

PhD Cognitive Neuroscience (University of York, UK, 2015)

MSc Cognitive Neuroscience: (University of York, UK, 2011)

MSc Counselling: (University of Hull, UK, 2005)

B.A Psychology: (Spalding University, USA, 2001)

PGCert of Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, 2017

 

Employment Track

Research Fellow – The University of Cyprus  (2013 – 2015)

Teaching and Research Assistant – The University of York, UK (2010 –2013)

College Tutor – Wentworth Graduate College, The University of York, UK (2010 –2013)

Memberships (Academic/Professional)

  • American Psychological Association (APA)
  • British Psychological Society (BPS)
  • Association for Psychological Science (APS)

 

Research Interests

My research interests are based around understanding the brain processes that allow us to perceive the visual world. More specifically, my research interests are based around:

(1)    Brain mechanisms underlying the perception of faces.

(2)    The neural and behavioural basis of Lip Reading

(3)    Perception of emotional signals from faces and bodies

(4)    Configural and Featural processing of faces and bodies

(5)    Emotional Contamination

 

Roles and Responsibilities (including past roles and responsibilities)

Teaching and Course Leadership

  • Course Leader of MSc in Forensic Psychology
  • Module Leader of several psychology modules:  Methods and Practice of Psychological Inquiry, Introduction to Psychobiology and Cognition, Cognitive and Physiological Psychology, Interpersonal and Organizational Psychology, Neuropsychological Disorders and Techniques, Forensic Mental Health

Administrative Roles

  • Member of ASQUA (2016-2017)

 

Selective Publications 

  • Psalta, L., Young, A.W., Thompson, P., & Andrews, T.J. (2015). Orientation-sensitivity to facial features explains the Thatcher illusion. Journal of Vision, 14: 9, 1-10.
  • Psalta, L., Nikolaou, A., Soteriadis, E., & Spanoudis, G. (2015). Book of Best Practices: Fire Service of Cyprus – Epidemiology and management of occupational stress and musculoskeletal disorders in Fire-fighters (pp. 1-28). Nicosia, Cyprus: University of Cyprus ’15.
  • Psalta, L., Young, A.W., Thompson, P., & Andrews, T.J. (2014). The Thatcher illusion reveals orientation-dependence in brain regions involved in processing facial expression.  Psychological Science, 25: 128-136.
  • Psalta, L., & Andrews, T.J. (2014). Inversion improves the recognition of facial expression in thatcherized images. Perception, 43: 715-730.

 

Selective Conference and Seminar Presentations 

  • Psalta, L (2016). “Combating Corruption in Law Enforcement Units” – Is it power or Individual Characteristics that explains corruption? Oral Presentation at the FBI National Academy Association, Cyprus.
  • Psalta, L. Spanoudis, S., & Petinou, K. (2015). Language and Literacy Challenges in Diverse Populations. Oral presentation at the Association of Speech Pathologist and Speech Therapists of Greece (SELLE).
  • Psalta, L. (2015). Epidemiology and management of occupational stress and musculoskeletal disorders in Fire-fighters. Proceedings of the 1st Conference on occupational stress (pp. 1-21). Nicosia, Cyprus: University of Cyprus ’15.
  • Psalta, L. (2014). The Thatcher illusion reveals orientation-dependence in brain regions processing facial expression. Oral presentation at the 14th European Workshop of Imagery and Cognition (EWIC).

 

Other Scholarly and Outreach Activities

  • Expert Evaluator for European Program (i.e. SKVC)
  • Editor for Journal of Vision, Plos One