I joined the department of Psychology, Sociology & Politics at Sheffield Hallam University in 2015 in the Psychology subject group. I am Associate Course Leader of the BSc Psychology course and my main role is course development.I am the module leader of the Processes in Psychology and Research Dissertation module, Continuous Professional Development module for our Postgraduate degrees in Cognitive Clinical Neuroscience and Developmental Psychology and Psychology Conversion Course. My core teaching experience is on Cognitive Psychology modules, Psychobiology Neuropsychology and Neuroscience.
I joined the department of Psychology at Sheffield Hallam University in 2015 as a permanent staff member in the department. I have extensive teaching experience, with over 12 years of lecturing in large public Universities in Greece and smaller colleges. I am a member of the Cognitive Psychology and Psychobiology teaching cluster and an active member of the Brain, Behaviour, Cognition Research Group (BBCRG). I also have extensive teaching experience on quantitative research and statistics at UG and PG levels. I am the module leader of the module Processes in Psychology and Research Dissertation and Continuous Professional Development for our postgraduate degrees in Cognitive/Clinical Neuroscience, Developmental Psychology and Psychology Conversion course. I am the chair of the postgraduate Ethics Committee and I supervise numerous research projects and dissertations as well PhDs.
Department of Psychology, Sociology and Politics
Social Sciences and Arts
Research and Scholarly Activities
My previous research activity has been in the area of developmental neuropsychology with a focus on language in individuals with Down syndrome and Williams syndrome.
My current research interests evolve around two core domains:
Laterality with a focus on atypical functional brain asymmetries.
Creativity in Parkinson's disease.
Visuo-spatial memory in individuals with mild cognitive impairment and Alzheimer's dementia.
Social Cognition and Emotion
Emotional development across the life-span with an interest on the development of empathy in relation to biological and environmental determinants.
Correlates of attachment in children and adults.
Cognitive processes of self-affirmation.
The affective components of social cognition.
Research Groups & Collaborations:
Research of Ageing, Affect, Cognition and Health (ReA2CH). A research group consisting of researchers from the Medical School of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki the Psychology Department of the University of Almeria, and the Psychology department of the University of Sheffield.
Research on Intergenerational Learning. An interdisciplinary research group consisting of researchers from InHolland University of Applied Sciences, the Bucharest Academy of Economics, the Department of Computer Science of the University of Oulou.
Research on Youth Unemployment and attitudes towards public policy. An interdisciplinary research group consisting of researchers from the Fondazione Bruno Kessler (Italy), Sigma Orionis (France) the Department of Informatics of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and the department of Psychology of the University of Sheffield
Research of technology acceptance in women and socially excluded groups. Interdisciplinary research collaboration with the European Centre for Women and Technology, Norway.
Cognitive Psychology / Psychobiology
Processes in Psychology;
Cognition in Action
My current research activity involves the following main domains:
- Self-conscious emotions and mental health outcomes such as anxiety and depression in younger and older adults. I am particularly interested in disgust directed to the self (i.e. self-disgust) and how it relates to mental health outcomes but also how mediators such as personality, worry and attachment play a role in these relationships;
- Loneliness, self-disgust and depression in younger and older individuals using eye-tracking methodology;
- Emotional positivity bias in older adults using lexical decision tasks and their relationship to general cognitive functioning;
- Executive functions and self-regulation in relation to risky behaviours in young adolescents, young adults and older individuals, with particular relevance to risky driving, drug and substance use;
- Differences in ERP's between smokers, e-cigarettes;
- Substance use among healthy populations particularly and their affective correlates, particularly legal highs, neuroenhancements and antibiotics.
I have received departmental funding and external funding for my research for the implementation of small-scale projects in the above domains.
Akram, U., Ypsilanti, A., Gardani, M., Irvine, K., Allen, S., Akram, A., ... Lazuras, L. (2020). Prevalence and psychiatric correlates of suicidal ideation in UK university students. Journal of Affective Disorders, 272, 191-197. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.jad.2020.03.185
Taroyan, N.A., Butnicu, B., Ypsilanti, A., & Overton, P.G. (2020). Individual Differences in Performance Speed Are Associated With a Positivity/Negativity Bias. An ERP and Behavioral Study. Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience, 14, 7. http://doi.org/10.3389/fnbeh.2020.00007
Ypsilanti, A., Robson, A., Lazuras, L., Powell, P.A., & Overton, P.G. (2020). Self-disgust, loneliness and mental health outcomes in older adults: An eye-tracking study. Journal of Affective Disorders, 266, 646-654. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.jad.2020.01.166
Pavlidis, G., Downs, C., Kalinowski, B., Zwiatek-Barylska, I., Lazuras, L., Ypsilanti, A., & Tsatali, M. (2020). A survey on the training needs of caregivers in five European countries. Journal Of Nursing Management. http://doi.org/10.1111/jonm.12940
Akram, U., Akram, A., Gardani, M., Ypsilanti, A., McCarty, K., Allen, S., & Lazuras, L. (2019). The relationship between depression and insomnia symptoms amongst a sample of UK university students. Sleep medicine research, 10 (1), 49-53. http://doi.org/10.17241/smr.2019.00332
Lazuras, L., Rowe, R., Poulter, D.R., Powell, P.A., & Ypsilanti, A. (2019). Impulsive and Self-Regulatory Processes in Risky Driving Among Young People: A Dual Process Model. Frontiers in Psychology, 10. http://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2019.01170
Akram, U., Ypsilanti, A., Drabble, J., & Lazuras, L. (2019). The role of physical and behavioural self-disgust in relation to insomnia and suicidal ideation. Journal of clinical sleep medicine, 15 (3), 525-527. http://doi.org/10.5664/jcsm.7698
Ypsilanti, A., Lazuras, L., Powell, P., & Overton, P. (2019). Self-disgust as a potential mechanism explaining the association between loneliness and depression. Journal of Affective Disorders, 243, 108-115. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.jad.2018.09.056
Ypsilanti, A. (2018). Lonely but avoidant—the unfortunate juxtaposition of loneliness and self-disgust. Palgrave Communications, 4 (1). http://doi.org/10.1057/s41599-018-0198-1
Vivas, A., Ypsilanti, A., Ladas, A., Estévez, A.F., Kounti, F., & Magda Tsolaki, M. (2018). Enhancement of visuospatial working memory by the differential outcomes procedure in Mild Cognitive Impairment and Alzheimer’s Disease. Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience, 10, 364. http://doi.org/10.3389/fnagi.2018.00364
Akram, U., Milkins, B., Ypsilanti, A., Reidy, J., Lazuras, L., Stevenson, J., ... Barclay, N.L. (2018). The therapeutic potential of attentionalbias modification training for insomnia: study protocol for a randomised controlled trial. Trials, 19. http://doi.org/10.1186/s13063-018-2937-4
Lazuras, L., Ypsilanti, A., Powell, P., & Overton, P. (2018). The roles of impulsivity, self-regulation, and emotion regulation in the experience of self-disgust. Motivation and Emotion, 1-14. http://doi.org/10.1007/s11031-018-9722-2
Ypsilanti, A., Lazuras, L., Robson, A., & Akram, U. (2018). Anxiety and depression mediate the relationship between self-disgust and insomnia disorder. Sleep Health, 4 (4), 349-351. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.sleh.2018.06.001
Akram, U., Robson, A., & Ypsilanti, A. (2018). Sleep-related attentional bias for faces depicting tiredness in insomnia: evidence from an eye-tracking study. Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine, 14 (06), 959-965. http://doi.org/10.5664/jcsm.7160
Akram, U., Beattie, L., Ypsilanti, A., Reidy, J., Robson, A., Chapman, A.J., & Barclay, N.L. (2018). Sleep-related attentional bias for tired faces in insomnia: Evidence from a dot-probe paradigm. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 103, 18-23. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.brat.2018.01.007
Lazuras, L., Ypsilanti, A., Lamprou, E., & Kontogiorgis, C. (2017). Pharmaceutical cognitive enhancement in Greek university students: differences between users and non-users in social cognitive variables, burnout and engagement. Substance Use and Misuse, 52 (7), 950-958. http://doi.org/10.1080/10826084.2016.1267223
Räisänen, T., Ypsilanti, A., Ropes, D., Vivas, A.B., Viitala, M., & Ijäs, T. (2014). Examining the requirements for an intergenerational learning game. Education and Information Technologies, 19 (3), 531-547. http://doi.org/10.1007/s10639-014-9324-x
Ypsilanti, A., Vivas, A.B., Räisänen, T., Viitala, M., Ijäs, T., & Ropes, D. (2014). Are serious video games something more than a game? A review on the effectiveness of serious games to facilitate intergenerational learning. Education and Information Technologies, 19 (3), 515-529. http://doi.org/10.1007/s10639-014-9325-9
Ypsilanti, A., Hatzitaki, V., & Grouios, G. (2009). Lateralized effects of hand and eye on anticipatory postural adjustments in visually guided aiming movements. Neuroscience Letters, 462 (2), 121-124. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.neulet.2009.06.044
Ypsilanti, A., Ganou, M., Koidou, I., & Grouios, G. (2008). Digit ratio (2D:4D) in individuals with intellectual disability: Investigating the role of testosterone in the establishment of cerebral lateralisation. Laterality, 13 (6), 527-544. http://doi.org/10.1080/13576500802117164
Ypsilanti, A., & Grouios, G. (2008). Linguistic profile of individuals with Down syndrome: Comparing the linguistic performance of three developmental disorders. Child Neuropsychology, 14 (2), 148-170. http://doi.org/10.1080/09297040701632209
Ypsilanti, A., Grouios, G., Zikouli, A., & Hatzinikolaou, K. (2006). Speed of naming in children with Williams and Down syndromes. Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disability, 31 (2), 87-94. http://doi.org/10.1080/13668250600710872
Ypsilanti, A., Grouios, G., Alevriadou, A., & Tsapkini, K. (2005). Expressive and receptive vocabulary in children with Williams and Down syndromes. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, 49 (5), 353-364. http://doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2788.2005.00654.x
Fotiadis, F., Grouios, G., Ypsilanti, A., & Hatzinikolaou, K. (2005). Hemiplegic shoulder syndrome: possible underlying neurophysiological mechanisms. Physical Therapy Reviews, 10 (1), 51-58. http://doi.org/10.1179/108331905X43445
Akram, U., Gardani, M., Irvine, K., Allen, S., Ypsilanti, A., Lazuras, L., ... Akram, A. (n.d.). Emotion dysregulation mediates the relationship between nightmares and psychotic experiences: Results from a student population. npj Schizophrenia.
Barkoukis, V., Tsiatsos, T., Politopoulos, N., Stylianidis, P., Ziagkas, E., Lazuras, L., & Ypsilanti, A. (2019). A Serious Game Approach in Anti-Doping Education: the Game Project. Proceedings of the 15th International Scientific Conference "eLearning and Software for Education" : New technology and redesigning learning spaces, 3, 451-455. http://doi.org/10.12753/2066-026X-19-200
Griva, E., Chostelidou, D., Ypsilanti, A., & Iliadou, S. (2014). Students Attending a Bilingual Primary School: A Record of a Language Biography. 5TH WORLD CONFERENCE ON EDUCATIONAL SCIENCES, 116, 1319-1323. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.sbspro.2014.01.390
Ropes, D., & Ypsilanti, A. (2016). A conceptual framework for managing intergenerational relations in the workplace. In Antoniou, A.-.S., Burke, R.J., & Cooper, C.L. (Eds.) The aging workforce handbook: individual, organizational and societal challenges. (pp. 299-322). Bingley: Emerald Group Publishing Limited: http://www.emeraldgrouppublishing.com/products/books/notable/page.htm?id=9781786354488
Ypsilanti, A., Weston, A., & Lazouras, L. (2019). Self-disgust and self-compassion mediate the relationship between loneliness and mental health outcomes. Presented at: Emotions Conference, Tilburg, Netherlands
Ypsilanti, A., Donaldson, L., & Lazouras, L. (2019). Self-disgust mediates the relationship between stigmatization and mental health in individuals with cleft lip and palate.
Ypsilanti, A., Shaban, U., Darbishire, B., Serby, M., & Taroyan, N. (2018). Choosing your battles: Investigating positivity bias in older adults using a lexical decision task. Presented at: International Federation on Ageing 14th Global Conference, Toronto, Canada
Ypsilanti, A. (2018). Self-disgust mediates the relationship between loneliness and depression in adults. Presented at: British Psychological Society Annual Conference, East Midlands Conference Centre
Member of the European Society of Cognitive Psychology (ESCOP).
Certified Neurofeedback Therapist (Atlantis Software) by the Institute of EEG Neurofeedback (IFEN), Germany.
Member of the editorial board and a reviewer of the Multilingual Academic Journal of Education and Social Sciences.
Organizing committee of the Conference by the Society of Applied Neurosciences in 2012
Organising and Scientific committee of the Student Spring Symposium of the International Faculty of the University of Sheffield.
RT3 Leader, 8th Annual South East European Doctoral Student Conference, Thessaloniki, Greece.